Braised Kale, Rye Crumble, Feta and N.B Pepper Sauce

Braised Kale, Rye Crumble, Feta and N.B Pepper Sauce

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The “Kale High” 

I’m still on a “Kale high,” cooking kale several times a week. Honestly, I think I turned into a Kale freak.
I love the flavor, eating kale gives me a “feel-good feeling” the other reason is that kale dramatically increases the total nutrient content of your diet.
Most people who eat a healthy diet should get enough potassium naturally.  However, many Americans don’t eat a healthy diet and maybe deficient in potassium. 
Kale has a very high level of Potassium and can lower the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease.

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Southern Pepper Sauce:

One thing I was taught from a college of mine, Matt Gleason a fellow that knows southern food and is very passionate about his food, is that in the South you add a splash of pepper sauce to braised greens.
Southern Peppers “sauce” It is easy to make your own just get small spicy peppers like tabasco, Serrano, or others.
In this case, I used dried Chili Japonas, place them in an empty bottle that has been washed well, boil white vinegar and pour over the peppers, cool, and cap. Your Southern Pepper “sauce” will be ready in a few weeks, as you use, keep topping the bottle with vinegar.
I love spicy food so adding a splash of N.B pepper sauce kicks everything up a notch. I added Chicken stock however if you want to serve vegetarian kale, omit the chicken stock. 

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Bottom Line:

Wow-what a flavor, kale, the rye crumble, the creamy slightly salty texture of the feta, and the heat from the N.B. pepper vinegar equals a match made in heaven.
Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables you can eat, with large amounts of vitamins, minerals, and cancer-fighting compounds.
There is an interesting page, Naturopress that speaks more in detail about the benefits of Kale and cold-pressed Kale Juice.
It is well known that we should eat plenty of vegetables as they are full of certain vitamins and minerals, and kale supplies us with an exceptional amount.
I think Rudi and Moses my labradors agree, all the stems from the kale get chopped up and mixed with their food, and trust me the bowls are empty in no time.

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