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Lemon Balsamic KaleLemon Balsamic Kale

Jami Nolen, Nutrition Program Associate

November 6, 2011


It's getting closer and closer to the holiday season, which doesn't mean you have to abandon your healthy diet and lifestyle. With a little planning, you can focus on keeping you and your loved ones healthy for the holidays.



  • 4 (1-pound) bunches kale
  • 4 quarts water
  • 3 tablespoons Smart Balance light spread
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper



  1. Remove stems and center ribs from kale. Wash and pat dry. Coarsely chop to measure 24 cups. Bring water to a boil in an 8-quart stockpot. Add kale; cover and cook 3 minutes. Drain well; place kale in a bowl.
  2. Melt spread in a small skillet over medium-high heat; cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in raisins, juice, red pepper and vinegar; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly with a whisk.
  3. Pour spread mixture over kale. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss well to coat.


Nutrition Information

Calories: 151
Calories from fat: 28%
Fat: 4.7 g
Saturated fat: 2.3 g
Monounsaturated fat: 1.1 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7 g
Protein: 6.3 g
Carbohydrate: 25.5 g
Fiber: 4.9 g
Cholesterol: 9 mg
Iron: 3.4 mg
Sodium: 289 mg
Calcium: 252 mg

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