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When Kale Takes Over: Eat it.


It was getting out of hand. The plants were so big they were shading the cilantro. It was time to do some damage to the kale.  And it was one of those tired nights when I didn’t feel like measuring, reading, or getting particularly creative. Just cook it and eat it. So here it is:

Kale with Shiitake Mushrooms & Couscous

Chop and wash the kale. It seemed like so much at first, but it cooks down quite a bit.

I use dehydrated shiitake mushrooms, so soak those while everything else cooks.

Saute the kale with a little oil, adding more as it shrinks.

Start the couscous. I do this now so they will be cool enough for a toddler to eat.

After mushrooms have soaked for at least 15 minutes and all the kale is in the pan, I added rosemary, thyme, and garlic.  Then tossed in the mushrooms with a bit of the water and covered on simmer for a few minutes.

Easy, fast and now the other plants in the garden can breathe!

Author: Carmen

Things I love: justice in all forms; flowers; locally grown food; cloth-diapering; breastfeeding; feminist theory; outdoor play; beaches; wine; Divine interventions; 4-H and coffee. Things I loathe: racism; homophobia; toxic crap; misogyny; litterbugs; the zombie apocalypse and pitbull-haters. My formal education is in sociology, gender studies, and public policy. I'm also a Lactation Educator; 4-H Youth Development coordinator a Certified Master Gardener and a graduate of a Permaculture Design Course. I've been blogging for several years on dozens of topics- everything from women's health to breed-specific legislation. But the thing I like to write about most is my gardening, food adventures and my kids. So there you have it. Please be kind. Thanks.

5 thoughts on “When Kale Takes Over: Eat it.

  1. That looks so delish. I’m always looking for yummy ways to make Kale.

  2. Looks very yummy! We love kale over here. My children like it when I bake it into crunchy chips.

  3. I am so jealous of your kale plant.


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