New e-Cookbook: Crazy for Kale
If you flip for kale or just want to add more of it to your diet, I have an e-book and a recipe for Kale Mashed Potatoes that you just might love!
Today, Hallie Klecker of Daily Bites is launching her newest e-book—Crazy for Kale: Glow from the Inside Out with 40 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes.
The reason I love Hallie's recipes is that they are wholesome and healthy. She uses simple ingredients and transforms them into meals and treats that are easy and flavorful.
This book contains 40 recipes (33 are Paleo/grain-free, 31 are vegan or have vegan alternatives) and is selling for $5.99. The Salmon Kale Croquettes and Chocolate Buckwheat Brownies (yes, made with kale!) are screaming my name.
To help launch this book, some bloggers you know and love are sharing their favorite kale recipes (links below). For you, I have made Pressure Cooker Kale Mashed Potatoes.
Let me preface this recipe with "if I could've, I would've."
If I could've, I would've loaded these potatoes with buttery, creamy goodness, much like Giada De Laurentiis does. But if my little guy was going to enjoy them, I'd have to make them free of the sinfully good stuff—butter and cheese.
I used my basic Mom's Mashed Potatoes recipe and added to it sauteed and seasoned kale. This time, however, I used my pressure cooker—which I dearly love. If you don't have a pressure cooker, just boil the potatoes and sauté the kale stove top.
Dairy-Free Pressure Cooker Kale Mashed Potatoes
1 tablespoon OLIVE OIL or BACON FAT
1 small ONION, diced
1 small bunch KALE, stemmed and chopped into 1-inch pieces
4 cloves GARLIC, minced
1/4 teaspoon SALT
1/8 teaspoon ground white PEPPER
1/3 cup CHICKEN BROTH or water
1 cup WATER
3 pounds RUSSET POTATOES, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons OLIVE OIL or nondairy buttery spread
1 tablespoon NUTRITIONAL YEAST (adds "cheesy" flavor)
2 teaspoons GRANULATED ONION
1 teaspoon CHICKEN BOUILLON (I used this one ... organic version only!)
1/4 teaspoon ground BLACK PEPPER
2 tablespoons hot WATER
SALT to taste
- In the pot of a pressure cooker sauté onion in 1 tablespoon oil or bacon fat for 2-3 minutes.
- Add kale, garlic, salt, pepper, and broth. Sauté/sweat until kale is tender and liquid has evaporated. Transfer to bowl. Set aside.
- Add to pressure cooker pot 1 cup water and potatoes. Cook on high 7 minutes. Immediately release.
- In a small bowl combine olive oil, yeast, granulated onion, bouillon, pepper and hot water.
- Drain all but 1/3 cup cooking water from potatoes. Mash potatoes until thick. Add bouillon mixture and continue to mash until creamy. Stir in sautéed kale. Season to taste with salt. Serve.
More Kale Inspiration
To get the word out about the fantastic health benefits of kale and Hallie's new e-book, a handful of bloggers have come together today to share their favorite kale recipes. For more kale inspiration pay visits to:
- Ricki at Diet, Dessert and Dogs (www.dietdessertndogs.com)
- Alyssa at Queen of Quinoa (www.queenofquinoa.me)
- Elana at Elana's Pantry (www.elanaspantry.com)
- Lexie at Lexie's Kitchen (www.lexieskitchen.com)
- Alta at Tasty Eats at Home (www.tastyeatsathome.com)
- Johnna at In Johnna's Kitchen (www.injohnnaskitchen.com)
- Amy at Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free (www.simplysugarandglutenfree.com)
- Kim at Cook IT Allergy Free (www.cookitallergyfree.com/blog)
- Maggie at She Let Them Eat Cake (www.sheletthemeatcake.com)
- Tessa at Tessa the Domestic Diva (www.tessadomesticdiva.com)
- Hallie at Daily Bites of course! (www.dailybitesblog.com)
And here is my Kale Pinterest board where I have collected more of my favorites.
My Pressure Cooker
This is the pressure cooker I use. I love that it's programmable which takes much of the guesswork out of pressure cooking. I bought this puppy when my slow cooker died and I have not looked back. If I could describe what a pressure cooker does it would be "slow cooking FAST!"
The beauty of pressure cookers is that you can brown and sauté meat and veggies before securing the lid for it to do it's thing. This greatly enhances the flavor of meat. And speaking of meat. It comes out so tender. So good. So fast. A five pound chicken cooks in just 22 minutes. Bone broth? Done in an hour.
Most pressure cookers come with a non-stick insert. That didn't fly with me so I did some research and found that the stainless steel insert below fits the Cuisinart (below) perfectly.
The only negative thing I've found with this model (and maybe it applies to all models) is that the scent of whatever you cooked last lingers in the silicon ring that seals the cooker tight. Does anyone else have this issue? Aside from that I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Cuisinart Pressure Cooker.