Sweet Braised Kale with Apples and Nuts
Admittedly, I have never been a huge fan of cooked vegetable side dishes.
I would normally choose a fresh salad or crudités over cooked veggies.
This Sweet Braised Kale, however, has stolen my heart.
Braising is the most delightful way to cook greens like Kale.
Without over-cooking and creating mushy greens, braising tenderizes the leaves and adds flavor.
In this recipe, the kale is paired with the sweet flavors of apples and apple cider.
The toasted nuts add a bit of crunch and texture, keeping every bite sweet and delicious.
These sweet, flavor filled greens are easy to eat on their own.
It makes an excellent side dish, easily paired with a simple meat dish or pasta.
Because it has been such a big hit at my house, even with the kids, I’m adding it to our Thanksgiving Menu too!
These greens are also delicious paired with a thick slice of crusty bread for an easy, healthy appetizer.
Cooked vegetables like this always look, well, pretty green, if you know that I mean.
The first bite will convert you though, I promise.
This Sweet Braised Kale is unexpectedly good and I don’t doubt it will steal your heart too. Enjoy!
- 1 large bunch of curly kale, washed and destemmed
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium honey crisp apple, grated (unpeeled is fine)
- 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons apple cider
- 1 tablespoon tamari, or soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- Tear the washed, de-stemmed kale leaves into bite-size pieces.
- In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add the walnuts and sauté for 2 or 3 minutes. Add the grated apple and sauté for another 3 minutes or until the apple begins to soften. Sprinkle sugar over the apple and walnuts, stirring to coat. Add the kale leaves and sauté over medium heat until the leaves begin to turn bright green.
- In a small bowl, combine cider and tamari. Pour into skillet and cover tightly. Cook for 5 minutes, or until greens are tender. Leaves should be green and tasty, not bitter when done. Toss with teaspoon of cider vinegar and serve.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 143 Total Fat 12g Saturated Fat 4g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 7g Cholesterol 15mg Sodium 366mg Carbohydrates 10g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 2g Sugar 6g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 2g