What a treat it is for me to present this “Kale One-Pot Dinner” by Lenie Hokansson. It looks amazingly good.
Thanks, Susan! Over the past few years kale has grown in popularity and has become widely known as a superfood. It’s easy to understand why. Kale is packed full of vitamins and loaded with other nutritional benefits, way too many to be able to go into specifics, but a few of the benefits should be mentioned:
The Benefits of Kale:
- Because cooked or steamed kale lowers cholesterol (more so than raw kale), it plays a part in the prevention of cardiovascular disease;
- It has important anti-cancer nutrients, which helps to lower the risk of bladder, breast, colon, ovary and prostate cancer;
- Kale has a high beta-carotene content – this can decrease the chance of skin cancer;
- One serving of kale contains 190% of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin A, which contributes to the prevention of lung cancer;
- Kale contains all 9 essential amino acids required to form the protein we all need. This is as much as meat which makes it great news for the vegetarian.
Those reasons would be enough to make kale a big part of any healthy diet, but to me, the kale one-pot dinner, or better known to the Dutch as boerenkool stamp-pot, is great just because it tastes so good. I have tried kale in a number of ‘modern’ ways, including salads, chips and stir-frys, but to me, nothing compares to the original one-pot dinner.
Kale One-Pot Dinner
Ingredients: 4 servings
- 5 ½ cups diced, peeled potatoes (about 7-8 medium potatoes)
- ½ cup water
- 8 cups kale leaves, finely chopped
- 1 tsp. salt (or to taste)
- 1 or 2 smoked sausage rings
- 3 Tbsp. butter
- ½ cup milk
- Peel, wash and dice the potatoes, place in large pan
- Add the ½ cup of water
- Wash and prepare the kale. Chop the leaves very fine – place on top of potatoes in pan
- Sprinkle with the salt
- Poke a few holes in the smoked sausage with a fork, then place on top of the kale, cover and bring to a boil
- Turn heat down to medium and continue cooking for about 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender
- Remove the smoked sausage, drain, reserve the liquid
- Heat the milk to boiling temperature
- Add the butter to the drained potato/kale mixture, pour the milk over top and mash the mixture really well with a wire potato masher
- The mixture should be moist. If it’s too dry, add a little bit of the cooking liquid.
- Serve with the smoked sausage.
When we were young, my mom quite often cut the smoked sausage into ¼” slices and stirred them into the kale/potato mixture for our kale one-pot dinner. Looking back I realize this was meant to make the sausage go further. At the time I just thought it was GOOD.
Talk to you again soon, Lenie @ Frugal For Everyone.
Time to eat…
If you enjoyed this “Kale One-Pot Dinner,” check out Lenie’s Easy Herb Butters, and Make Ahead Breakfast Foods. If you are so inclined, take a moment to check out my Artichoke Bread, Easy Healthy Verdure and Pea and Cheese Salad.