Monthly Archives: December 2011

Asian-Style Kale

The truth is that I don’t like kale normally. Try as I might, it tastes bitter and unappealing to me. But I know it’s packed with nutrients and fantastically good for you. And it’s wonderfully cheap. So I’ve been experimenting with different flavours to add to it and I think I’ve come up with a winning formula! Bursting with fresh, fiery tastes, this Asian-style version can be served with rice for a light lunch or as a side dish with, say, steamed fish and rice. Enjoy!

gluten-free, dairy-free, yeast-free, egg-free, nut-free, citrus-free

Serves 1 as a main course or 2 as a side dish     Preparation time 5 minutes      Cooking time 5 minutes


  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, finely sliced
  • 1cm/½in piece of root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • ½ red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 200g/7oz kale, chopped
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • 1–2 tbsp tamari soy sauce
  1. Heat both of the oils in a wok or large frying pan over a high heat. Add the lemongrass, ginger, chilli and then the garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute, then add the kale and stir-fry for about 2 minutes until the kale is starting to look cooked.
  2. Mix together the rice wine vinegar, agarve syrup and 1 tablespoon of the tamari and pour into the pan. Cook, stirring, for another 1–2 minutes until all of the kale is cooked but remains quite crunchy. Check the seasoning and add the other tablespoon of tamari if you like. Serve hot.