Most people are not aware how lovely the leaves of the Kale plant are. The leaves are quiet earthy in flavor but more importantly they provide a balanced nutritional value and calories. They are more nutritious than many other vegetables around. The best season for Kale starts around the middle of winter and continues until the spring. This ensures it has a sweet taste and is readily available in the shops.
What is Kale
The Kale plant is a derivative of the Brassica family of plants. The Brassica family of vegetables includes many of our favorites, namely Brussels sprouts and cabbage and is widely known for their health properties such as sulfur that contains phytonutrients. Like the Brussels sprout Kale thrives in colder temperatures especially when a light frost is around generating lovely sweet leaves.
How to Make Kale Soup
You can produce a tasty potato kale soup with the addition of other vegetables that generate a lot more flavor plus loads of nutrition. It does require time to prepare however with around 40 minutes in total including the preparation and cooking time. First of all gather all the ingredients that are required. Firstly, one medium onion that is chopped finely, 4 chopped gloves of garlic, 5 cups of vegetable or chicken broth, and it does not matter which one. 1 medium carrot that has been cut in ¼ inch cubes, roughly one cup for guidance. 1 cup of diced celery, followed by 2 nice red potatoes that have been diced into ½ inch pieces. 3 cups of kale, make sure it has been rinsed and the stems removed and cut up finely. 2 teaspoons of dried thyme, 2 teaspoons of dried sage and lastly for taste make sure you add salt and pepper.
This soup will serve four people. Firstly, make sure your garlic and onions are chopped finely. Then leave to mix for 5 minutes. This will ensure it brings out those wonderful hidden health benefits. Now take 1 teaspoon of broth and heat in a medium pot. Sauté the onion in the broth for around 5 minutes over a medium heat and make sure you stir often. At this time add the garlic and sauté for one more minute. Now add all the other ingredients, broth, carrots and celery then boil on a high heat. Once boiling nicely reduce the heat and simmer and leave for 5 minutes. Lastly, add to the pot the potatoes and kale, after about 15 minutes the potatoes will be cooked. Once the potatoes are cooked add your remaining ingredients and continuing cooking for about 5 minutes. You can leave this longer if you wish in the simmering mode to add extra flavor, however, it is advised to add more broth if you do. Enjoy.