Hello and welcome to a new tradition at this corner of the internet. Every Sunday is now going to focus on recipes and suggested preparation methods for the specific food that was featured earlier in the week. This will be the new focus of The Sunday Quickie, and I hope you learn as much from this post as you did from the nutrition article. The point of doing this is to help you all get started off on the right foot for the week ahead with foods that are obviously nutritious and delicious, but always have a low carb leaning as well as a fat loss or muscle building component. I know that those are the main concerns for those of you regulars here, as well as great general health, and I am happy to oblige you all! This weeks food feature was on Cruciferous Vegetables: Low Carb Miracle Food http://matttoronto.com/2012/06/20/cruciferous-vegetables-low-carb-miracle-food/, specifically kale. So let’s get to some of the MattToronto methods of kale preparation that through trial and lots of error, have become dietary staples in my never ending quest for ultimate fitness.
This first one I use three or four times a week. I change what veggies I mix in with it, but here is the basic idea:
1 bunch kale, rinsed and chopped
1 onion, chopped or sliced
A few garlic cloves-I use several because I love it, but one will work too
1 lemon squeezed
black pepper or cayenne pepper-I use a lot of cayenne because I feel it works well with the flavor of kale-and everything I eat.
Cover bottom of pan with coconut oil. Once again, I use a lot. You’ll get that figured out after a couple more of these. I’m a quantity and a quality guy. Once the coconut oil is melted, add in the cayenne. I’m a big fan of fusing oil with spices before the cooking starts. It really makes everything come to life. Next add the onion and the garlic. Wait a few minutes to let the coconut oil, the cayenne, the onion and the garlic get to know each other, then add all of the kale. You’ll need a decently deep frying pan with a lid to do this effectively. If you don’t have one, get one. There is so much to be cooked in it! Put the lid on at medium heat for a while to get the water out of the kale, sort of like cooking spinach. After 10 minutes, the lid can come off and then saute away until it reaches the consistency you like. I do this for a long while. It takes 45 minutes or so for me because I like it to be the consistency of cooked spinach. Squeeze lemon on when you’re finished. I always eat it with either sliced steak or chicken and mix it up like it’s a warm salad. I also will use other vegetables as well such as peppers or asparagus. Just awesome!
Raw Kale Salad
1 bunch kale, rinsed, chopped
1 handful of whatever nuts you prefer-they all work well
parmesan, grated-however much you want, you probably know I use a good amount
olive oil-again, the amount is a preference. A few tablespoons will work, but I pour it on liberally so there is enough to cover all of the kale.
1 tablespoon real Canadian maple syrup
pepper or cayenne to taste
Put the kale, nuts, and parmesan into a bowl and toss. Add the live oil, maple syrup, squeeze on the lemon and liberally apply the cayenne, or not if you’d prefer. Stir together and done. As with the above, I add sliced steak or chicken. Awesome!
Baked Kale Chips
This is not a stunning revelation: you can bake pretty much anything into chips. So of course I tried it with kale, and yes it works well.
1 bunch kale, rinsed
salt or cayenne
Cut the stems from the kale leaves and rip them into chip sized pieces. Put the kale in a bowl and add enough olive oil to cover all of the leaves. Add cayenne or salt to taste. Stir to get oil and spice/salt on all of the leaves. Spread on a baking sheet and cook at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Done and delicious!
There you have it my friends. A couple of meals and even a snack to add to your fat loss and muscle building meal options. I hope you give them a try, and please let me know what you think. People have commented on the strange foods and combinations I eat for years, and honestly I never saw the day where I would be sharing my combinations with anyone else. I guess it just took a while to find other people like me! Join me for Motivational Mondays beginning tomorrow, so until then,
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