We’re linking up with Grace Laced Monday again this week. I hope you were able to find a little bit of grace in your everyday last week.
You know and I know that in the humdrum and to-ing and fro-ing of the everyday that sometimes it’s hard to both give and receive grace. But when we stop and observe the seemingly minor details of our everyday lives, there is much grace to be found. In last week’s “grace” post, Ours to Borrow, I defined the term. One of those definitions was
the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful
Do you know that we can even be considerate and thoughtful in our cooking? In fact, we should be! Now, don’t get me wrong, there are days when we all serve our family a bowl of cereal for dinner. In fact, one day last week, I told my family that they were going to have to fend for themselves the next night because I wasn’t too pleased with the turned up noses of that night’s meal. (It wasn’t very grace-filled of me, I know. And I did end up making a delicious, highly-approved dinner the next night.)
We should strive to make our attitudes toward cooking considerate and thoughtful — it often makes for a more pleasant evening for everyone. But at the same time, we should be considerate and thoughtful about what we serve, not only how. Of course, if the meals you serve are geared toward food allergies, you must be considerate and thoughtful.
I want to help you find grace in the food you serve, so I’m going to feature various foods over the next weeks. But I won’t leave you to wonder what to do with that food. I will also share our favorite recipes with that food. Today, the food feature is
Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables that you can eat. It is high in iron, beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, lutein, calcium. It also contains sulforaphane, which is a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties.
And you’re in luck…winter is the best growing time for Kale, so it’s currently an in-season vegetable. You should be able to find it for a good price right now in your grocery store.
We had never had kale until a couple of years ago. We were a bit curious, but thought we should try it out. One of our standard and easiest uses of kale is in place of spinach in my Sauteed Spinach recipe. You’ll have to come back on Thursday to get that recipe…sorry that I’m dragging this out.
My reply: “Yes, absolutely!”
You have to go with me on this. Here is a link to one of our favorite kale dishes, Two-Bean Soup with Kale. This would be a great soup for a vegetarian night, or it is also delicious with sausage (any kind will do) or chicken. I shared this soup with a friend last year who had never tried kale before. She said her entire family loved it, and she has small children.
Do you enjoy kale? Do you have a favorite kale recipe to share with us? If you have never had kale, will you give it a try soon?
I hope that you are able to find grace — being considerate and thoughtful — in the meals you serve this week…or at least one!
You can read up more on Kale at Wikipedia.