Sauteed Kale with Mushrooms and Tomatoes

Sauteed Kale with Mushrooms and Tomatoes is the best healthy side dish. This also makes a great vegetarian main dish. I love to cook a big batch to eat with lunch or dinner- it’s full of delicious flavor!

Sauteed Kale with Mushrooms and Tomatoes is the best healthy side dish. This also makes a great vegetarian main dish. I love to cook a big batch to eat with lunch or dinner- it's full of delicious flavor!

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I love greens. Kale. Escarole. Chard. Spinach. Mustard Greens. Dandelion greens. I love them all so hard! They’re all so darn healthy and so delicious in their own ways.Sauteed Kale with Mushrooms and Tomatoes is the best healthy side dish. This also makes a great vegetarian main dish. I love to cook a big batch to eat with lunch or dinner- it's full of delicious flavor!

I grew up with a love/hate relationship with greens, like most kids (I mean, I know most kids are more on the hate side of that, but you know what I mean). I ate my weight in salad. My Grandma’s soup with the greens was always amazing (basically an Italian version of egg drop soup with escarole and mini meatballs. I’ll share it some day, it’s amazing!). And dandelion greens with garlic and capicola hot ham were are my happy place.

Sauteed Kale with Mushrooms and Tomatoes is the best healthy side dish. This also makes a great vegetarian main dish. I love to cook a big batch to eat with lunch or dinner- it's full of delicious flavor!

But I really didn’t discover Kale until it became the sexy new food trend in recent years. While our current food culture is almost saturated with it, I’ve noticed it can be very divisive. I think it’s the wild amount of texture it brings to dishes can turn some people off. But I rather enjoy the texture.

This particular recipe is amazing with any greens you choose. For all intents and purposes I encourage you to throw in whichever you like. I happened to have kale on hand.

Sauteed Kale with Mushrooms and Tomatoes is the best healthy side dish. This also makes a great vegetarian main dish. I love to cook a big batch to eat with lunch or dinner- it's full of delicious flavor!

The first time a variation of this recipe was made, it was by my mom. She made it with chard and we knew instantly that it was a keeper. At my local grocery store (Wegmans, the 2nd happiest place on earth) they have a mix of baby Chard, baby Kale and baby Spinach which they call Super Greens. This recipe is also pretty amazing with those. But today was Kale.

This dish not only makes an excellent veggie side, but also a hearty meatless main. In addition to the healthy greens, you have onions and garlic to throw in some fantastic flavor, mushrooms for the umami factor, tomatoes for a bit of acid and some crushed red pepper for some added spice.

Sauteed Kale with Mushrooms and Tomatoes is the best healthy side dish. This also makes a great vegetarian main dish. I love to cook a big batch to eat with lunch or dinner- it's full of delicious flavor!

And if you’re really feeling frisky, you can throw in a few tablespoons of white wine to really pull everything together. I’ve been eating it at work all week over brown rice and it’s made an excellent lunch!

Now if you’re working with Kale that isn’t prepackaged (or any greens for that matter) make sure you wash it extra well and keep and eye out for worms. This was the first thing my grandma taught me when working with greens. I was super lazy and bought pre-cut and washed Kale greens. The upside is less work for me.

The downside is they don’t do as good of a job getting rid of those fibrous stems. They’re edible but not terribly enjoyable to chew. So if you get Kale that isn’t pre-packaged, take the extra step and remove those stems, you’ll be glad you did!

Sauteed Kale with Mushrooms and Tomatoes is the best healthy side dish. This also makes a great vegetarian main dish. I love to cook a big batch to eat with lunch or dinner- it's full of delicious flavor!

Other healthy recipes I love are:

Rosie’s Famous Zucchini Soup

Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

Shrimp and Quinoa Bowls

Moroccan Chickpea Stew

Roasted Beets Salad with Feta and Dill

Cilantro Cauliflower Rice

Yields 6 servings

Sauteed Kale with Mushroom and Tomatoes

Sauteed Kale with Mushrooms and Tomatoes is the best healthy side dish. This also makes a great vegetarian main dish. I love to cook a big batch to eat with lunch or dinner- it's full of delicious flavor!

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • A large head of kale (or your greens of choice), cleaned well, trimmed of stems and cut down to the size that you make lettuce in a normal salad- not a chopped salad
  • 1 small to medium onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 8 oz. of sliced mushrooms
  • Olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • Crushed red pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons of white wine (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat a olive oil over medium to medium high heat in the the pan and add your garlic and onion and stir frequently. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Get your onions and garlic for about 5 minutes until they are sweating but not browning, it usually takes a couple of minutes. Stir everything frequently. Add your mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and allow them to brown 3-4 more minutes.
  3. Add your greens to the pan and season liberally with salt, pepper, garlic powder and crushed red pepper. Mix everything together and allow the greens to cook down for 3-5 minutes, turning them periodically.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes and wine. Cover and cook down for 5-7 minutes, stirring periodically.
  5. Once everything is well combined serve on it's own or over rice.
Cuisine: Healthy, vegetarian | Recipe Type: Side dish, lunch, dinner
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  • Reply
    Kaitie
    April 20, 2015 at 3:28 pm I have chicken breasts to eat up this week and extra kale & spinach left over in my fridge... Sounds like I have a complete meal now :)
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      Jessy
      April 20, 2015 at 4:08 pm Sounds delicious- I hope you enjoy!
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    Tonya Marie
    April 20, 2015 at 5:26 pm I love kale! This looks like a great new kale recipe to try! Tonya Marie recently posted...My Keto Diet JourneyMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 20, 2015 at 9:35 pm I hope you enjoy it!
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    Velaundra{at}Velsworld.com
    April 20, 2015 at 11:40 pm This is the second kale recipe I've seen tonight and it's really making me want to try it out! This looks and sounds delicious! Velaundra{at}Velsworld.com recently posted...Blog Prompts – The Ultimate SourceMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 21, 2015 at 9:49 am Thank you- there are so many awesome Kale recipes out there, I love trying them all!
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    sarah
    April 21, 2015 at 9:39 am This looks like a savory dish. I love when I can cook something healthy for my family that they (meaning my picky kids) will eat. Thanks for sharing, I will try this. sarah recently posted...Simple Fresh Guacamole from the GardenMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 21, 2015 at 9:46 am Thank you- I hope you enjoy it!
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    Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens
    April 21, 2015 at 1:15 pm So excited to find this recipe! Lots of things that I love, all wrapped up into one ... quick and easy, gorgeously appealing, and loaded with oh-so-healthy veggies! Perfect! And I love that you suggest alternate ideas besides baby kale - so versatile! Definitely pinning this to share! :D Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens recently posted...Baked Hummus Dip with Easy Tabouli ToppingMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 21, 2015 at 10:09 pm Thank you- its all about having options :)
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    Shann
    April 21, 2015 at 9:00 pm I'm still not so sure about kale, but you make it look delicious. I may have to try this :) Shann recently posted...Sometimes you’re the bird and Sometimes you are the windowMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 21, 2015 at 10:09 pm Thank you! Is it a textural thing? I've found that baby kale is less fiberous.
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    All that's Jas
    April 26, 2015 at 8:50 pm I'm so excited for this recipe. A new way to use the Swiss chard from my garden. Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you will join us again this Thursday! All that's Jas recently posted...Raza’s No-Bake CakeMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 27, 2015 at 8:58 am I'm so jealous- I wish I was growing Swiss Chard- enjoy!
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    Zan
    April 28, 2015 at 8:03 am I don't think I have ever cooked with kale...but the recipe sounds healthy and delicious! Zan recently posted...Homemade Eye CreamMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 28, 2015 at 10:32 am Thank you, it's really tasty :)
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    Zan
    April 28, 2015 at 8:04 am BTW: Thanks for sharing with us a the Home Matters linky party. Hope you join us again! Zan recently posted...Homemade Eye CreamMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 28, 2015 at 10:32 am Thanks for stopping by :)
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    Zan
    April 28, 2015 at 8:06 am I don't know that I have ever cooked with kale; bu the recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing with us a the Home Matters linky party. Hope you join us again! Zan recently posted...Homemade Eye CreamMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 28, 2015 at 10:18 am Thank you- I encourage you to try it. I love the texture and the flavor. If you or your family is not into to a ton of texture, baby kale may be a good place to start.
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    Emily
    January 9, 2017 at 11:41 am This looks so fresh and vibrant and I love how simple it is!
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      Jessy
      January 9, 2017 at 2:55 pm Thank you, Emily!
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    sue | theviewfromgreatisland
    January 9, 2017 at 11:49 am I feel healthier just looking at this vibrant dish ~ do you think it would work with spinach, or any other greens as well?
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      Jessy
      January 9, 2017 at 2:54 pm Thanks Sue! I think it would be delicious with other greens. Spinach is a great option- I would probably add it in at the same time as the tomatoes since spinach wilts quicker. Enjoy!
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    Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish
    January 9, 2017 at 12:02 pm What a bowl full of goodness! Love this recipe.
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      Jessy
      January 9, 2017 at 2:52 pm Thank you, Suzy!
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    Tracy | Baking Mischief
    January 9, 2017 at 12:09 pm One of my goals this year was to get more leafy greens into my diet. This sounds like such a good way to start! It looks delish, and thanks for the washing tip. That makes me glad I always wash my greens thoroughly because ew! ;) Tracy | Baking Mischief recently posted...Easy Pasta Primavera For TwoMy Profile
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      Jessy
      January 9, 2017 at 1:55 pm Thank you Tracy! That's a good goal- I need to set some goals like this!
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    Claire @foodiequine
    January 9, 2017 at 12:39 pm That super green mix sounds ideal. My favourites and spinach and chard. I often mix them with mushrooms but have never thoight to add tomatoes. Gonna give it a try, perfect for Veganuary too.
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      Jessy
      January 9, 2017 at 1:54 pm Veganuary: I love this! How brilliant (and delicious!).

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