Glazed Kale with Crisp Apples – Serves Two

Side dishes are like Robin to Batman.  This side is my newest obsession because it’s easy to make and delicious (aka practically a dessert).  Everything is simple from the methodology to the ingredients.

Apples are perfect for the fall especially since the majority of us seem to get knocked down by the common cold.  Ever hear the term, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away?’  So true.  Apples are composed of lots of fiber and vitamin-c!  Rather than to pop a vitamin-c tablet, grab an apple, get your nutrients!  Question: What is a better way to get your nutrients in and properly absorbed?  A) Vitamin Tablets OR B) Actual Food Sources?  The answer lies on the bottom of this post…  Hope ya get it right!

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Ingredients:

  • Tuscon Kale (leaves; 3 c)
  • Honey Crisp Apple (diced; 1 pc)
  • Bacon (halve; 5 long slices)
  • Carrots (grated; 1/4 c)
  • Red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • Sea Salt (to taste)

Methodology:

  1. Heat up a pan under medium heat then add the bacon.  Cook as usual until each side is slightly crisp.
  2. Toss in the kale leaves and lower the heat slightly.  Stir from time to time until all the leaves look evenly oiled.
  3. Add the last two main ingredients – apple pieces and grated carrot.  If you want some extra flavor and tang – add some red pepper flakes and sea salt.
  4. Mix well then strain out the excess oil (bacon residue).
  5. Plate and serve with a carnivore or vegetarian entree (I opted for chicken – great pairing).
  6. Din din is served.  Enjoy!

ANSWER:  Actual food versus vitamins is better absorbed but in the end it comes down to who you are simply and your financial and situational constraints.  Your body benefits from actual food due to the extra nutrients absorbed such as antioxidants, fiber, and micronutrients.  Also, you body craves tastey things, feed it well!  Investigate and find foods you love then research methods of preparation that are doable based onYOUR lifestyle.  Also, sometimes actual food can be more cost effective, especially if meals are planned ahead to maximize fresh ingredients.  If you’re on the go and really cannot eat properly – then perhaps consider a vitamin but keep in mind that the dosage and monitor for possible toxicities.  Some brands are better than others – so inquire within!  If you eat actual meals or snacks PLUS a vitamin, you could be overdoing certain micronutrients that could be harmful to your kidneys!  It is always good to know what nutrients make up your typical meals!  The most dangerous vitamin toxicities are A, D, and B due to their excessive availability in foods (ie – if a vitamin is taken in conjunction to meals and snacks, your risk is higher for toxicity).  If you have concerns about your intake – inquire with a dietitian or other professional for a nutrient analysis.  Micronutrients are important BUT like anything else, too much can do more harm than good.

xxx – Sarah

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