Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Better Breakfast: Kale & Mushroom Saute'

Vegetables for breakfast?  Why not?

I recently posted my Orange & Bok Choy Smoothie recipe, where I mentioned how hubs & I got our healthy act together & dropped a ton of weight.  I studied up on nutrition when I was in college and knew what it meant to be healthy, but didn't do a good job following & living what I knew.  Kind of hard to do when your loved one is not supportive and will end up spending money not in the budget on greasy burgers & fries in lieu of eating what you worked so hard to make.

A little over a year ago, hubs finally got on board and committed to changing his heating habits.  Halleluia!  I never thought that I would see the day arrive.  And I had to commit myself as well.  And the kids!  Even they made the transition.

The biggest challenge, for me, was breakfast.  I was used to cold cereal & milk day in & day out.  Hubs and I decided that we would initially switch to 1-2 servings of vegetables and 1 serving of fruit, then later add 1 serving of protein or dairy.

Vegetables for breakfast?  I balked at the idea.  I couldn't do it.  I literally couldn't do it.  So I had to psyche myself into it.  I spent about 2 weeks eating just a banana first thing in the morning, then waiting 1-2 hours and eating my vegetable as a mid-morning snack.  Before long, I was able to progress and eat my vegetables early in the morning before heading out to work.

Kale has become one of our staple breakfast items.  It is easy to prepare and the health benefits are awesome.  Loaded with iron, antioxidants, vitamin K, kale is low in calories & high in fiber.  Hubs and I love it--yes even hubs loves it!--and so without further ado, here is the recipe. :)

Kale & Mushroom Saute'

3-4 fronds fresh kale
2-3 fresh white button mushrooms, sliced
2 stalks geen onion, diced
1/8-1/4 tsp soy sauce (I'm guessing here since I usually do 2-3 "splashes" straigh from the bottle)
pepper, to taste

Rinse kale leaves.  Remove leaves from stems, discarding stems (we feed them to our chickens!).  Place kale, sliced mushrooms & diced green onion in skillet over medium heat.  Stir occasionally for 4-5 minutes or until kale and mushrooms are tender.  Stir in soy sauce and season with a little pepper.

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