How to Easily Understand the Wonders of Lacinato Kale

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Christina Flores

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Healthy Food Recipes: Lacinato Kale

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Additional Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 bunch lacinato kale, stems removed and leaves chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 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:

    • Wash the lacinato kale thoroughly and pat it dry with paper towels.
    • Remove the tough stems by holding the leaf at the base and sliding your fingers up the stem to remove it.
    • Chop the kale leaves into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Sauté the Garlic:

    • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
    • Add the minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant and lightly golden.
  3. Cook the Kale:

    • Add the chopped kale leaves to the skillet and toss to coat with the garlic-infused oil.
    • Pour in the vegetable or chicken broth and bring the mixture to a simmer.
    • Cover the skillet with a lid and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the kale is tender but still bright green.
  4. Season and Serve:

    • Remove the lid and stir in the lemon juice and red pepper flakes (if using).
    • Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
    • If desired, sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the cooked kale.
    • Serve the sautéed lacinato kale warm, as a side dish or as a topping for other meals.

Cook’s Note:

  • Lacinato kale, also known as Tuscan kale or dinosaur kale, is a variety of kale that has long, dark green, slightly bumpy leaves. It has a slightly sweeter and more delicate flavor compared to other kale varieties.
  • If the kale leaves seem tough or fibrous, you can massage them with a bit of olive oil or lemon juice before cooking to help soften them.
  • For a heartier meal, you can add cooked chickpeas, white beans, or grilled chicken to the sautéed kale.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

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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!