I purchased this giant bunch of kale yesterday and I could not believe how cheap it was! Especially after seeing a red and green pepper ring up for $2.09. I really love to munch on peppers, but paying $2.99/lb is too much.
This just proves that buying in-season produce really can reduce your grocery bills. Kale not one of your faves? I’m not surprised. I can hear you recoiling as you read this. She wants me to eat…kale?
I’ve actually started to crave kale after my step-father made it for me. Here is his easy kale recipe. (Click “more” to see how cheap this kale was.)
This kale was only $.75! It is so big I’ll get 3-4 heaping servings out of it.
1. Wash kale, then cut out the stem by making two long cuts on either side of it, starting from the tip and going down to the root. Compost or trash the stem. Slice the de-stemmed kale into 1 inch thick pieces, cutting perpendicular to where the stem was. Prepare 3-6 leaves per person.
2. Pour 1/4 c water into a sautee pan big enough to fit all the kale. Add kale. Heat on medium high for 15 minutes. Check there is still water left after 10 minutes and add a few more tablespoons if it is all gone. By the end of the recipe you’ll want all the water to have boiled off.
3. While still on the stove, push kale aside and melt 1-3 tablespoons of butter in the pan. The amount depends on how much kale you are preparing.
4. Add diced garlic to butter and let cook for about 60 seconds, until fragrant. Stir buttery garlic into the kale and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Total cooking time should be about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.
What’s so hot about kale? It is stocked with antioxidants, beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and calcium.
Allrecipes has many more kale recipes, including baked kale chips.
Looking for more cheap groceries? ShopSmart has a list of 17 yummy foods that are low priced. I especially love that they called out popcorn, one of my favorite healthy and easy dinners, er, snacks.