Kale and Mushrooms...

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"Eat your greens!"Now your terrified...fess up...half of you have never even touched a leaf of kale let alone would know what to do with it. Fear not...I swear that you will not die from touching kale or any other "greens" for that matter. This Winter I have been lucky enough to find Harvest Box.  I LOVE this box. Every other week this box shows up on my doorstep full of LOCAL produce.  This means all the veggies that are "in season" and that my body should be eating this time of year.  Eating seasonally has huge health benefits.  Nature just knows what we need...it's smart like that.

I have a secret to tell you...kale (and even collards, chard and cabbage) all taste yummy! VERY yummy. This time of year there is a ton of kale around our house....because I love it in everything from juice to soups. Today I am going to share the easiest, fastest lunch...or dinner...you may ever have. You ready to try this?  Because you have too. Your mother will be so proud when you call her and say "I am eating kale and mushrooms for lunch Ma!" Your not going to believe how easy this is.

Ingredients:

1-3 garlic cloves (minced...do this with a mincer...stop buying it already minced.  You will thank me later for this advice.)3-6 big old leaves of curly kale...or flat...either would work1-2 huge heaping handfuls of portabella mushrooms2 tablespoons butter (real butter...you guys know how I feel about real butter)a drizzle of olive oil (coconut would be great as well if you don't mind a bit of a sweet taste added in)

Directions:

  1. Grab a pair of scissors (because a pair of kitchen scissor will make your life so easy!  Really! ) and cut up the kale.  I prefer pretty well chopped up...hence why I love scissors!
  2. Cut up the mushrooms.  Remember they are going to shrink on you so bigger chunks are fine!
  3. Add the butter, minced garlic and oil.
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See how piled high it is?  Pile it high because it is going to shrink down!  Just cook it down.  I usually add a lid to steam it a bit faster. Normally takes about 10-15 to make this whole meal (including prep time). Crazy yummy!

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Here is the thing...this is cheap. It costs about $5 for the amount I listed above AND this normally is lunch for at least 2-3 of us. I still have yet to talk Adam into it...teenagers.  He's my tough case.  One day when he calls me and says "I am eating kale MOM!" I will beam with pride.  I will. Until then... I have convinced everyone else in the house to try it and everyone has fallen in love. Quick, easy and cheap lunch. Perfection.

Would love to hear how you guys use your greens!  I will confess I too had never touched them until well into my 30's....they just seemed scary.  Not sure why?  But they did...lol!