Red Hot Lemon and Garlic Kale

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Kale is high in vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese and fiber, which makes it a great side to include with any meal. This recipe is loaded with flavor and is delicious in combination with lean proteins and whole grains such as brown rice or quinoa. I like to include the kale stems in this dish, for their nice added crunch. If you prefer a more refined dish, remove the stems before chopping the kale.

Ingredients

Makes 4 cups

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

12 cups, tightly packed, roughly chopped kale, rinsed well

7 cloves garlic, chopped

Juice of 1 lemon

1/4-1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Optional Topping

1/2 cup chopped cashews

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions

Warm the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Stir in pepper flakes and garlic and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.

Toss in kale and sauté for a few minutes, stirring occasionally until kale begins to wilt. Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Serve topped with cashews and/or crumbled feta.