Monday, August 20, 2012

Chik'n Scallopini ... + KALE

Yes, I am continuing the love affair with kale.  (And continuing the love affair with blogging - twice in one day!!)  This was a quick toss together dinner and I have zero idea of the proportions, so ... not an official recipe.  But it was so delicious (like everything lately!), that I wanted to get it out here.  Give you an idea of what I did, and you can play with it.  Love to encourage eating more greens, and really to encourage getting creative, getting comfortable being in the kitchen and throwing things together - you can come up with great dishes if you just start.  :)

Look at those greens!

This started out with a Gardein basic frozen chik'n patty.  They won't fool an omnivore, but they are really tasty, juicy and with a great, poultry-like texture.  I know I just wrote about not using analogues all the time, but I highly recommend Gardein products when you really need a substitute.

So ... heat olive oil in a saute pan on medium heat.  When at temperature, saute the patty 2-3 minutes on each side and remove from pan.  Remove from heat while you add 2 patties of vegan butter.  Let brown briefly, then add some white wine (1/4 cup?) and lemon juice (3 T?).  Once everything has mixed together, add 3 leaves of kale, ripped into bite size pieces, and stalks removed.  Leave for about a minute or so, long enough to just slightly wilt the kale, turning from a dull green to the bright green you see above.  Add the patty back into the pan and make sure it gets coated with sauce on both sides.  Serve over noodles for a "fancy" meal.  Delish!!

Ok, maybe that kiiinda turned into a recipe.  Kinda sorta.  Let me know if you have any questions, and if you come up with anything fun in your own adventures in the kitchen.  Highly encourage you to get in and play, see what you can come up with, especially when you're just in need of a quick and easy meal.  :)


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