OK, Kale is Cool

OK, Kale is Cool

This past Sunday I gave an awesome illustration of how we may desire to eat cake but eating kale will be better for us in the long run.  I linked it to the principles Solomon teaches us in Ecclesiastes where all things here on earth are temporary and vain while the things of God are eternal and will bring us true joy and purpose in the long run.  It truly was a piece of art that drove home the point in a way that we could remember.  The only problem, I admitted, was that I did not know if the point was really valid because I had never really eaten a piece of kale.  That Sunday evening, and in the few days that have followed, I have been amazed how everyone missed this great point and made it a quest in their lives to get me to eat kale.  So, in my desire to learn from others, I have dedicated this blog to the great spiritual point that kale is good.

Mamma Brown’s Recipe for Kale


1 pound kale
1 pinch of salt
½ pound bacon (not maple bacon but hickory smoked)
2 large onions chopped
1 garlic clove chopped
1 tbs pepper
1 tsp mustard powder (I hate mustard but I am told you will never taste it.  Why put it in then?  So we will make this optional)


1.  In a large saucepan, bring 1 inch of water to a boil.  Add salt and kale and cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes (probably more like hours)
2.  Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cool the bacon over medium heat until crisp.  
3.  Once the bacon is crisp, using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon to paper towels.  Drain the skillet but reserve a teaspoon of the drippings (we call this “the fat”).  In the drippings, cook the onions and garlic until the onion is tender.
4.  Drain the kale and use the same saucepan to boil more water and salt.  Add penne pasta  and cook until al forno.
5.  Drain penne pasta and place in the mixture of drippings, onions, and garlic.  Stir until the pasta is covered.
6.  Crumble the bacon over the pasta, throw the kale out, and enjoy your dinner.

Now that is a kale recipe that I can enjoy.  I feel better about my health as I can tell all my friends I cooked kale and I still get to enjoy my dinner.  One alternative to this recipe is to skip the pasta and stir the kale into the mixture.  You can then feel way better about yourself as you try to convince yourself that eating bacon and bacon fat are healthy alternatives.  I will do the same but will just skip the kale.

Thought we could use a little laugh today.  If you are true kale lover and believe I have hurt kale’s feeling please still visit me in the hospital when my pasta days of eating catch up with me.  Remember what my vegetarian friend said, “I do not eat meat because I think it is cruel to animals.  I just hate plants.”  

Seriously, I understand the principles of eating healthier and I promise I will eat more kale.  Just thought the day after the elections we should be able to laugh a little at our differences.  Also, I know al forno is the wrong term to use here but I thought it sounded cool.

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