Wellness for Life Cooking Class: Curried Kale with Shitake Mushrooms

Wellness for Life Cooking Class: Curried Kale with Shitake Mushrooms


Absmc-cooking-curried-kale [MUSIC] Welcome to the Wellness for Life Cooking Series. My name is Jamie Doughtery, health and lifestyle expert, and today we are making some recipes that are going to boost your metabolism. The two things that we’re making are a kale satay with shiitake and curry powder. And the other is a fennel salad with radishes and oranges. So to get started, we’re going to first begin with sautéing up some onions and garlic. I prefer red onion because it is very sweet. When you let it cook down, it adds a very nice almost caramelly flavor to your food. [Music] Perfect little diced right there. All right. We’re going to add a little bit of sea salt. A little pinch. Use a fine-grain sea salt here. I wouldn’t use a kosher salt, because if you were to be using a kosher salt, you might end up with a big chunk. It wouldn’t really have time to break down. Turn up the heat. All right. And then next thing we want to do is our garlic. A little smash. And a really quick cut. Very, very simple. The thing about metabolism-boosting foods is they do need a little love and care. Most of them do not come in packages. In fact, most foods that come in packages are metabolism-suppressing. That is, they slow our system down and kind of bog us down, make us feel tired and lethargic, whereas foods that kind of lift our metabolism up also provide a good amount of energy. That’s looking really nice. All right. Before we put in the garlic, we’re also going to get in our mushrooms, these beautiful shiitake mushrooms, which you’re just going to slice. I’m just going to slice straight through. Lots of garlic. I cheated. Just like on TV. A little bit of pepper. And then the curry powder. One of the things you want to think about when you’re eating metabolism-boosting goods do, they have a thermogenic effect. That is, do they make you feel warmer. If they do, that means they’re boosting your metabolism. So curry powder is definitely up there. It also adds a lovely color to the mushrooms. Beautiful, orange. All right. And now we are going to be putting in a bit of nutmeg at the end. But we will wait for that. And by covering it, you allow the mushrooms to chill out a bit, get rid of their liquid, and then you can add in the kale. So moving on to the kale. This is dyno kale. It’s from heaven. It’s delicious. So today I have prewashed this. So we are going to layer them and then chop. [Music] So let’s check. Ooh. Yum. Just a little more. You want to add salt as you go. And you want to add a splash of water, too, to kind of parse steam it. And you’re going to cook all that water out. But it really helps soften the greens more quickly. Do a very good stir. Beautiful. You want to put this on medium heat and then let it steam and do its thing for about ten minutes. It is going to be amazing, delicious, and so easy and good for you. [Music] I used olive oil in this dish, which works perfectly well. But another thing you could use would be coconut oil. And when we think about boosting our metabolism, we want to think about getting out the bad oils, but it doesn’t mean we can’t be eating good quality fat. Coconut oil actually helps boost your immune system as well as your metabolism by having a thermogenic property; that is, it warms your system up and helps you burn calories more quickly. So using this with the curry would be wonderful. So what you want to do is stop the cooking when the greens look just like they do right now, which is bright green and really, really luscious. Oh, so good. Yum. Can you all smell that? Oh. Fabulous. The last thing you want to do is the nutmeg. [Music] Oh. Yum. I don’t really want to share. I’m being perfectly honest here. Oh. Mmmm, really good. Makes me happy. And I’m going to do just a little pinch more salt. We don’t want the greens to taste too healthy. Okay. All right. Fantastic. Your metabolism-boosting first dish all done. Kale, curry powder, shiitake mushrooms, a little bit of nutmeg. It is fantastic.

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