Steam Sautéed Kale Stems

Steam Sautéed Kale Stems
2 cups kale stems, chopped into 1/4″ pieces
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable broth

  • Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium sized pot.
  • Add in the chopped kale stems and salt. Sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Pour in the vegetable both and bring to a simmer.
  • Cover, leaving the lid ajar to release stream while cooking. Cook for 10-15 minutes until stems are tender.
  • Add more salt to taste.


 Check out the easiest way to remove kale stems in the video below. Hold the stem in your left hand and run your right hand down the stalk to remove the leaf.  And then make my Massaged Kale Salad with the leaves! 

Steam Sautéed Kale Stems

Massaged Kale Salad

Why bother massaging kale?

Raw kale is super fibrous and tough to digest. Massaging it breaks down the tough leaves, transforming them into a smooth, delicate texture. Each leaf will hold more flavor from the salad dressing too.

Massaged Kale Salad

Massaged Kale Salad


Makes 4 servings. 

1 bunch kale, any kind
1 teaspoon salt
½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

½ cup radishes, thinly sliced
¼ cup carrots, thinly sliced
½ cup apples, chopped into ¼” pieces

  • Wash and dry each kale leaf.
  • Remove the leaf from the stems by holding the stem end in the left hand, while pulling the leaf away with your right hand.
  • Reserve the stems for another meal or make Steam Sautéed Kale Stems.
  • Place all the kale leaves into a large mixing bowl. Add the salt and vinegar.
  • Now you’re going to massage the kale for five minutes. Massage just as you would someone’s shoulders, making sure to break down each piece.
  • Once all the leaves are tender, drizzle in the salad dressing a tablespoon at a time. Taste after each drizzle to get the dressing to your liking.
  • Toss in the salad add-ins.
  • Enjoy!

Massaged Kale Salad

One-Pot Chicken-Pumpkin Curry

Throughout the winter I’m partnering with Local Roots NYC to create locally inspired eats. Many of the ingredients used in this recipe are sourced from local farms included in their community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Check out their Fall CSA that provides a weekly pick-up through December 6th!

One-Pot Chicken-Pumpkin Curry 
Makes 4 servings.

2 pounds skinless, deboned chicken thighs
2 small sugar pumpkins, 4 cups cubed
2 cups yellow onion, sliced
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
½ cup chicken broth
½ cup coconut milk
1 bunch curry leaves
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon garam masala
½ teaspoon turmeric
¼ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon salt
pinch white pepper

Combine all ground spices (coriander, cumin, garam masala, turmeric, chili powder, salt and pepper) in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons of chicken broth over medium heat in a dutch oven. Saute the onions in the broth and add a sprinkling of salt.

Place the chicken evenly over the onions and sprinkle with spice blend on top. Add garlic, curry leaves and a half cup of chicken broth.  Cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Add in the coconut milk and pumpkin, stirring in to combine. Then cover and cook 5 more minutes or until chicken is done.


One-Pot Chicken-Pumpkin CurryOne-Pot Chicken-Pumpkin Curry