A Beautifully Balanced Meal

December 15, 2011

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Steamed Pork and Vegetable Dumplings and Spicy Sauteed Kale with Lime

One of my favorite things – and frequent indulgences – is buying a bag or two of frozen dumplings when I’m in Chinatown.  They are really very good!  They are so inexpensive and once you have them in your freezer, it’s very easy to treat yourself to – let’s be honest here – your favorite part of Chinese cuisine.  *smile*

When I go out for Chinese – or even order in – and get dumplings, they are an appetizer and part of what is rather a heavy meal.  When you make them at home, they can be the star of the show…and when you pair them with a healthy vegetable, it all balances out into a fairly healthy meal.

Quick, easy, inexpensive, delicious and turning one of my favorite not-so-healthy snack-foods into a pretty nutritious meal?  That’s my idea of  What’s for Dinner! 

For a change of pace from my usual just garlic and olive oil,  I used this recipe from P. Allen Smith for the kale – and it was yummy!

Spicy Sauteed Kale

From P. Allen Smith


1 lb kale, tough stems and center ribs removed and leaves torn into bite size pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
juice of 1 lime
1/4 teaspoon salt


In a 6 to 8 quart stock pot of water add 1 tablespoon of salt and bring to a boil. Add prepared kale. Boil for 2 or 3 minutes, until slightly wilted.

Drain in a colander and set aside.

Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet until hot but not smoking.

Add the onion and sauté for 6 to 8 minutes until soft.

Add garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté for about 1 minute or until the garlic is fragrant.

Reduce the heat to low and add the kale, tossing to coat. Cover the skillet and cook the kale until just tender, about 3 minutes.

Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in lime juice. Don’t skip the lime juice because it really adds to the flavor. Place the kale in a serving dish.

Serves 6.

Filed Under: Mains, Recipe, Savory, Sides, Vegetarian-Friendly, What's For Dinner

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