Look up ‘February recipes’ and you are likely to find nothing but cake, chocolate and similar sweet treats. Most of us are quite happy with that, but even with the Valentine juggernaut in town we still need something rather more nutritious.
Root vegetables are seasonal staples for late winter. There’s warming parsnip soup, a great way to get those important white vegetables. However if you are craving some greens, it is still possible –bring on the kale!
Green, tasty and full of vitamins and minerals, this versatile leaf is a great antidote for the dull February days. It is also a good source of calcium, anti-oxidants and folate. You’ll find kale either bagged in the supermarket or sold loose on fresh produce stalls.
Here’s a simple ‘fusion-food’ stir fry recipe to make the most of this winter delight. This set of flavours blend beautifully and the chilli adds just a tiny kick. Spinach, spring greens or Swiss chard are an alternative when they come into season. Add yellow peppers for a splash of colour or other veg if you fancy.
400 grams of prepared kale, or 800g loose kale (sounds like a lot but it shrinks)
200 grams feta cheese, crumbled
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 tin anchovies, chopped
1 tsp chilli flakes
Noodles or rice to serve
Made this the other night and was very impressed how the flavors went together. I used Quinoa instead of noodles but still tasted great!
I had this for lunch yesterday and added in some leftover cooked quinoa. It was delicious and I felt so healthy afterwards.
I'm always looking for new ways to enjoy kale as we buy it in huge quantities (it goes with everything!) - have never tried it stir fried though so adding this to the menu plan - thanks!
This sounds brilliantly simple and healthy. I have never used anchovies in a stir fry before so am intrigued to know what they taste like.
I've just got into the delights of kale and am feeling very healthy! The only but is that it leaves the whole house smelling of cabbage, so don't forget the extractor fan when cooking this.