Green Kale With Raisins & Toasted Pine Nuts

"Nice combination of kale, raisins & pine nuts. I sometimes add a hint of cinnamon. Loaded with iron."
photo by Lori Mama photo by Lori Mama
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  • To toast the pine nuts place them on a cookie sheet in a 325°F oven for about 5 minutes, be careful they burn easily.
  • Bring water to boil in a skillet with a tight fitting lid, add kale and cook for approximately 5 minutes of until the kale is just tender, drain& set aside.
  • Rinse out the skillet, dry, add olive oil and heat over medium heat, add garlic and saute for 30 seconds, add raisins and stir for about 30 seconds.
  • The raisins should be glossy and slightly puffed.
  • Add kale, stir, season and saute until heated through.
  • Garnish with the pine nuts and serve.

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  1. Kale and Apple Salad Ingredients 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt 1 bunch kale, ribs removed, leaves very thinly sliced 1/4 cup dates 1 Honeycrisp apple 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted 1 ounce pecorino, finely grated (1/4 cup) Freshly ground black pepper Directions Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add the kale, toss to coat and let stand 10 minutes. While the kale stands, cut the dates into thin slivers and the apple into thin matchsticks. Add the dates, apples, almonds and cheese to the kale. Season with salt and pepper and toss well.
  2. This is the best Kale recipe I've tried. I have used roasted almonds and regular raisins in a pinch and it's been delicious that way as well but this THE BEST!
  3. Really enjoyed this recipe. Simple to prepare. Keeper for sure. :)
  4. Best way I've found to fix kale. I really enjoyed the sweetness of the raisins with the kale.
  5. This was delicious. My husband made it, and he used golden raisins. He also toasted the pine nuts and just mixed them in with the kale. The sweetness of the raisins really complements the bitter and sharp taste of the kale. The two flavors go together perfectly. Thanks, Bergy!


On January 10 2010 I will celebrate 9 years of Life with Zaar. I can't imagine being without it! It has become part of my daily routine. I feel very privileged to be one of the hosts on the Photo Forum. Taking photos of my culinary efforts is a full time hobby and I love it. My friends all know what to expect when they come to dinner "Are you finished taking pictures?" or "Did you get a photo of so & so?" I never let them wait too long and the food is NEVER cold! I now have over 6000 photos on Zaar - some fairly good and some definitely not so good. I am happy to say that practice does help. My roots are in Vancouver BC Canada - a very beautiful city that holds many wonderful memories for me. In 1990, I decided that for my retirement years I may want to settle in a smaller community and found a slice of heaven in the North Okanagan B.C. I love living here but every once in a while I miss the bright city lights, the Broadway shows and some of the small wonderful ethnic restaurants that Vancouver abounds in. That is easily resolved. I just take a trip to the coast, visit with friends for a weekend see a show and feast on Dim Sum or other specialty foods. I am getting a bit long in the tooth but was a very adventurous person. I have river rafted Hell's Gate on the Fraser river, been up in a glider over Hawaii (no not a Hang Glider!), gone hot air ballooning in the Napa Valley & the Fraser Valley, driven dune buggies on the dunes in Oregon, Para sailing in Mexico and tried many other adventurous, challenging, fun things. I have yet to try bungee jumping or sky diving. I may do them yet. I love to travel and experience other cultures. Mexco has been a favorite haunt. I have visited that lovely country many many times. Australia is another favorite as is England! In the past 16 months I have taken off 61 pounds and feel wonderful. I am off all medications and all systems are GO! In years I may be 79 but in spirit I am still in my forties. We are only as old as we allow ourselves to feel. Always think positive. Do something a bit challenging every day & always do something silly every day. Be a kid again! Laugh every day - it is internal jogging. Here are a few of my photos <embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" allowNetworking="all" allowFullscreen="true" src=" slideshow/d95d7a18.pbw" height="360" width="480">
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