1. Remove kale leaves from the stem by grasping the thick base of the stem then running your hand up the stem to remove the leaves. Discard thick stalk. Scrunch up leaves tightly then slice. Use about 7 handfuls which is about 7 cups jam packed with chopped kale leaves. TYPE OF KALE:
Tuscan or curly kale is fine to use. I use curly kale because it's the more common one here in Australia and it's cheaper.
2. This recipe will work great with any type of standard white rice (short, long and medium grain, basmati, jasmine, even sushi rice). It is not suited to: risotto or paella rice.
Follow recipe but use 2 1/2 cups liquid for tender, fluffy rice (or 2 3/4 cups for soft rice) and it will take around 45 minutes to cook on the stove (check at 35 minutes, then every 5 minutes until liquid is absorbed).
Rinse and cook per this recipe
but use 2 cups quinoa, 2 cups broth, 2 cups water. Pop the kale into the pot about 10 minutes into the cook time when there's still a bit of liquid left so it wilts better (quinoa doesn't retain heat as well as rice so won't wilt properly during rest time).
3. Leftovers will keep well for 3 days in the fridge. If you freeze it, defrost then reheat in the microwave - the kale will be more wilted but still tasty!
4. Try this Kale recipe with: Juicy Baked Chicken Breast
, Crispy Pan Fried Fish
, Honey Garlic Chicken
, Baked Pork Chops
, Baked Fish with Lemon Cream Sauce
, Garlic Prawns
, Lemon Garlic Marinated Pork Chops
5. Nutrition per serving, assuming 8 servings (1 heaped cup):