What the KALE?

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Ok
had a tiff with a friend
still not fully over it
but…
for the sake of peace
I gotsta to lift my shoulders and shrug
and say
“What the Kale?
what’s past is past
lets move on….”
Honestly,
I need to jump on this band wagon
because…
I know it is really a lost cause…
it’s a she says/she says kinda situation..
one that is sticky…(other friends in the mix)
no matter my hurt feelings
or my principals on the matter
I will not win this argument
and maybe…
I should not “win” the argument…?
so I am being taught a hard lesson
one that I am not a fan of
but non-the-less
it seems to be par for the course
in this day and age
when someone does something
you are not a fan of
or you truly don’t believe in
better for the peace of the situation at hand
to swallow your pride
swallow your hurt
let it all go and say…
“What the Kale?”
because
in the end…
you both know where you stand with each other
and better that you can
use that as a positive thing
than a negative one.
So on this Monday
after a very tuff weekend…
I gladly say…
“What the Kale!”
(I must admit – she said it first…so for that I am really grateful – because I don’t know if after all I have been through the last 2 years…I would have had it in me to muster the strength to say those words first)

What the Kale?
You might be wondering about my new obsession with this vegetable. Ever since last year, when one of my favorite healthy guest bloggers on Kosherstreet, Jackie Kest posted a recipe for her Kale Chips, I have been kinda fascinated by this green veggie wonder food.

The truth is if you are a fan of sites like pinterest and other food blogs (yes I admit – mine is not the only one LOL!) KALE and it’s uses in every type of dish has been EVERYwhere!

But since I am in the “jump-on-the-bandwagon” mode – I have hopped on to the delicious food phenomenon – and in my house it has been “WHAT THE KALE WEEK”!

I have made so far from one large bag – 3 outrageous soups and some chips!
Here are the first of my soups that not only has so little fat…it is seriously outrageously YUMMY!

Tunie B. has eaten it now for lunch and dinner 2 days in a row & I have given my left overs to my good friends the Libermans (my favorite health nuts) – who ate triples at dinner last night!

Kale Butternut Squash Mushroom Soup
(otherwise known as the Green Sludge Soup)
yields 6-8 portions

Even though this soup is not so pretty to look the taste makes up for it an in instant (and for those of my fans that celebrate Halloween – well this soup is a fun one to serve and dare them to eat).

Ingredients:
1 large onion, diced
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 cups diced butternut squash (I used a large squash)
1 pint button mushrooms, diced
2 tsp. smoked paprika
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. ground mustard
2 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. all spice
salt & black pepper to taste
1/2 lb (about 5-6 cups full) Kale leaves
1 quart vegetable broth
2 cups water

Directions:
In a 6 quart soup pot, sauté the onions in olive oil for about 5-6 minutes on medium-high flame.
Add the butternut squash and sauté for another 5 minutes. Add the spices and mushrooms and mix everything well. Cook everything for another 5 minutes or so and then add the kale. Mix it all together and add the broth to the pot. Lower the flame to medium and cover pot and cook for about 15 – 20 minutes till a rolling boil.
Remove lid and add water.
Using a hand blender, blend the soup until smooth. Replace pot on low flame until simmer and then serve hot.