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Sautéed Kale, Sweet and Delicious!

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Kale is abundant in the garden this time of year, now how do I cook it?  My sautéd kale is fresh, quick to make, and packed full of healthy wonderfulness.  I use coconut oil and apple juice, which give it a sweetness that everyone loves, no bitterness!  Just about any type of greens can be sautéed this way (chard, spinach, beet greens) so start cooking!

Sautéed Kale

Start with a big bunch of fresh kale (or other greens) and remember that it will cook down quite a bit.

Raw Kale

To prepare the kale, cut out the thick part of the stem and slice into strips.

Cut Kale

Wash the kale in cold water and drain in a colander.

Washing Kale

Heat 2 Tbs of coconut oil in a large skillet (best if it has a lid) and add 2 cloves of chopped garlic.
After about 2 minutes add the kale.
Pour in apple juice (or stock or white wine).  Gently stir the leaves to coat, then cover with lid.

Saute Kale

Cook for 3-5 minutes, checking occasionally. They are done when soft to chew. Don’t over cook!

Saute Kale 2
Season with a little salt and pepper and serve immediately. I like to sprinkle on some Slug Slime, which is basically “everything” bagel topping.


I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the lovely flavors in this sauté of kale.  You can use olive oil if you prefer, but coconut oil softens and sweetens the taste.

Sautéed Kale, Sweet and Delicious!
Recipe type: Vegetable
Cuisine: Healthy Eating
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Use this recipe to sauté any greens, from chard to spinach. Coconut oil and apple juice sweeten the kale, but feel free to use olive oil and your favorite stock or white wine as the steaming liquid.
  • 1 large bunch of kale (or other greens)
  • 2 Tbs coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 3 Tbs apple juice (or stock or white wine)
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Cut the stem of the chard leaves out and slice.
  2. Wash in cold water and drain.
  3. Heat coconut oil in a large skillet and add garlic.
  4. When the garlic is fragrant, add the kale.
  5. Add the apple juice, gently stir the kale.
  6. Cover with lid and let steam for 3-5 minutes, checking often.
  7. The kale is done when it is tender.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve and enjoy.

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