How to Easily Prepare Delicious Dino Kale Recipes

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Christina Flores

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Dino Kale Recipes: A Nutritious and Delicious Exploration

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Additional Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Servings: 4


  1. 1 bunch dino (lacinato) kale, stems removed and leaves chopped
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 onion, diced
  5. 1 cup cooked quinoa
  6. 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  7. 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  8. 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  9. Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Cook:

  1. Prepare the Kale:

    • Wash the dino kale thoroughly and pat it dry.
    • Remove the tough stems by holding the leaf at the base and gently pulling the stem away. Discard the stems.
    • Chop the kale leaves into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Sauté the Garlic and Onion:

    • In a large skillet or sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
    • Add the minced garlic and diced onion. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, or until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
  3. Cook the Kale:

    • Add the chopped dino kale to the pan with the garlic and onion.
    • Sauté the kale for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until it’s wilted and tender.
  4. Add the Quinoa and Tomatoes:

    • Stir in the cooked quinoa and the halved cherry tomatoes.
    • Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until the tomatoes are slightly softened.
  5. Season and Serve:

    • Season the dino kale mixture with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
    • Sprinkle the toasted pine nuts and grated Parmesan cheese (if using) over the top.
    • Serve the dino kale dish warm, either as a main course or a side dish.

Cook’s Note:

  • For a more substantial meal, you can add cooked chickpeas, grilled chicken, or sautéed shrimp to the dino kale mixture.
  • If you prefer a creamier texture, you can stir in a tablespoon or two of heavy cream or plain Greek yogurt at the end of the cooking process.
  • Experiment with different types of nuts, such as almonds or walnuts, if you don’t have pine nuts on hand.
  • Adjust the seasoning to your personal taste, adding more salt, pepper, or a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little heat.
  • This dish can be prepared in advance and reheated before serving, making it a great option for meal prep or busy weeknights.

Enjoy this nutritious and flavorful dino kale recipe!

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About Christina Flores

Hi, I am Christina Flores, author of I'm passionate about creating delicious and nutritious recipes to help people lead healthier lives. Join me on this culinary journey as we explore the world of healthy eating together!