How to Grow and Enjoy Delectable Dinosaur Kale Effortlessly

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Christina Flores

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Healthy Food Recipes: Dinosaur Kale

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Additional Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 bunch of dinosaur kale (also known as lacinato or Tuscan kale), stems removed and leaves chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Steps to Cook:

  1. Prepare the kale: Rinse the kale leaves under cold water and pat them dry with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Remove the tough stems by holding the leaf in one hand and running your other hand down the stem to strip the leaves away. Chop the kale leaves into bite-sized pieces.

  2. Sauté the aromatics: In a large skillet or wok, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and diced onion. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant.

  3. Add the kale: Add the chopped kale leaves to the skillet. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until the kale is wilted and tender.

  4. Add the tomatoes and liquid: Add the halved cherry tomatoes, vegetable or chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, dried oregano, and red pepper flakes (if using) to the skillet. Stir to combine.

  5. Simmer and season: Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until the tomatoes have softened and the flavors have combined. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

  6. Serve and garnish (optional): Transfer the sautéed dinosaur kale to a serving dish. If desired, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese before serving.

Cook’s Note:

  • Dinosaur kale, also known as lacinato or Tuscan kale, is a variety of kale with long, dark green, and slightly crinkled leaves. It has a slightly sweeter and more tender texture compared to curly kale.
  • If you prefer a more tender kale, you can massage the chopped kale leaves with a bit of olive oil before sautéing to help soften them.
  • For a heartier meal, you can add cooked chickpeas, white beans, or crumbled feta cheese to the sautéed kale.
  • This dish can be served as a side or a main course. It pairs well with grilled chicken, roasted salmon, or a crusty piece of bread.
  • The sautéed kale can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat gently before serving.

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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!