Happy New Year Everyone!
I hope everyone had an enjoyable New Year’s Eve, and New Years Day. After an extremely busy December I’m thankful to have some peace, quiet and relaxation today. I’m looking forward to 2013, because I know it’s going to be a good year. I’m not the type to make New Years Resolutions. I think they’re a waste of time, because as I always say if you want to change something about your life just do it. I do have a couple of goals for this year though. The first one is just to live simpler. The second one is that I’d like to develop a good daily routine, so I can better manage my time and fit in everything I need to fit in. 3) More disciplined spiritual practice, and by this I mostly mean daily meditation. 4) I would like to work on developing greater muscle definition, particularly in my abdomen and upper arms. Finally I’d like to significantly decrease my sugar consumption. Now I say these are goals rather then New Years Resolutions because in truth I’ve already been working at them for the past couple of months, but now that a new year is here I want to really get serious about them.
So today I kicked off the New Year right, but cooking up a big bowl of delicious veggies for lunch, and dinner tonight is going to be the New Years Soup from “Clean Start” which is basically a Black Eyed Pea and Collard Green Soup. Simple, delicious and satisfying, but back to lunch. A few days ago when I was shopping for my groceries I came across a type of Kale I’d never seen or heard of before. It was called Ornamental Flowering Kale, and it came in white and purple. They were so pretty both in color and in design that I couldn’t help but buy some. They look like big flowers you might find in someone’s garden, but they’re edible. I really don’t know that much about this variety except that it’s supposedly not as tender or tasty as the regular varieties of kale, and that it comes in many other colors besides purple and white.
Since I was looking to make something quick and simple for lunch today I decided just to saute the kale in a big ‘ole pan with some leeks, garlic, and hot chili oil. The flavor of the overall dish was really fantastic, and as for the kale itself. I didn’t think it was any less delicious or any less tender then other kales I’ve eaten. It was perfect. Though unfortunately there isn’t a lot of color contrast in the finished dish for you to ooo and awe over, and I forgot to take a picture of the head of kale before chopping it up. Sorry, next time I promise. So here’s to starting the New Year off right! Do you have any resolutions or goals for 2013?
Sauteed White Kale with Hot Chili Oil, and Pickled Ginger
1 Head White Ornamental Flowering Kale Torn into bite sized pieces
1 Large Leek Sliced
4 Garlic Cloves Minced
2 tsp Hot Chili Oil ***
2 tsp Vegetable Broth
2 tsp Tamari
A few Drops Ume Vinegar to taste
Minced Picked Ginger to taste
- Add the leek, garlic and chili oil to a large frying pan and saute over medium-high heat until leeks are just becoming tender. Roughly 5-6 minutes.
- Add in the Tamari, Vegetable Broth and Kale. Saute for 5-6 more minutes covered, until Kale is tender.
- Add in the ume vinegar and give the mixture a good stir.
- Serve with minced pickled ginger on top.
*** Note - Depending on how hot your Hot Chili Oil is you may want to use more or less. 2 tsp made my dish quite spicy, so you may want to start with 1 tsp and go from there. Or if you would like to make this oil free, saute in water and add 1 tsp of Red pepper Flakes instead.