How to Cook Kale with Bacon
You know kale is great for you. You want to eat more. You try to eat more. But it’s hard. It’s hard to get a lot of kale in each week. But this unbelievably delicious kale with bacon recipe will leave you craving more kale.
Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. It is a superfood and we should all eat it regularly and in decent quantities. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a single cup of raw kale contains these phenomenal amounts of vitamins and minerals:
- Vitamin A: 206 percent of the RDA (from beta-carotene).
- Vitamin K: 684 percent of the RDA.
- Vitamin C: 134 percent of the RDA.
- Vitamin B6: 9 percent of the RDA.
- Manganese: 26 percent of the RDA.
- Calcium: 9 percent of the RDA.
- Copper: 10 percent of the RDA.
- Potassium: 9 percent of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 6 percent of the RDA.
- Others: 3 percent or more of the RDA for Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Iron, and Phosphorus.
To get your kale in and to get your kids and family to want to eat it too, try this amazing kale with bacon recipe.
Sauteed Kale with Bacon Recipe
(Cooking Kale with Bacon – Sauteed)
- 2 sauté pans (one fairly large)
- 1 package of good bacon (look for nitrate-free bacon made from free-roaming pigs)
- about 8 cups of kale (more or less, add more if you want)
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup water
Instructions for Cooking:
1. Chop up your bacon so that it is in smaller, bite-sized pieces. Put the bacon in your smaller sauté pan and cook it until it becomes crispy and well-done (but not burnt).
2. While the bacon is cooking take your kale, remove the stems and chop it up. An easy way to do this is to take the leaves, a few at a time, and roll them up. Then simply cut them that way. It is very easy. Place the chopped up kale in your large sauté pan.
3. When your bacon is finished cooking, add almost all of the bacon fat to your kale – the amount can be to your preference.
4. Whisk together 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard and 1/4 cup of water in a small bowl. Pour that over the kale and toss.
5. Cover the kale and cook it down – about 5 to 10 minutes at most.
6. Once the kale is fully cooked, add the cooked bacon to it. Toss and serve. Easy and delicious!