Recently I had a bunch of kale in the fridge, for about 5 days.

Usually I buy it and cook it right away; then it’ll get eaten within a couple of days. But if I don’t do it soon after I’ve come home, it sits in the fridge until four days have passed, and I feel like it’s getting too old. I don’t want to waste it so I take it out of the fridge in the morning (day four or five!) and cook it then.

So this time I sliced an onion and cooked it in a hot pan with a few glugs of oil and a big pinch of salt. I added two small tomatoes from the counter (chopped), ½ sweet pepper from the fridge (sliced) and a bowlful of rinsed canned chickpeas I had in the fridge.

While those vegetables cooked I stripped the kale off the stalks, chopped it and rinsed it in a big colander. I added the kale and the water clinging to it to the hot pan and covered the whole thing.

Once the kale was wilted and bright green I drizzled olive oil and cracked pepper all over the top and took it to the table!

I also made a quick bowl of couscous: I’d have preferred some crusty bread or toast but I didn’t have any. And couscous takes only five minutes.

So… a big spoon of couscous, two heaping portions of kale + vegetables, and fresh Romano cheese grated over top.

Delicious. Still delicious five days after buying the kale.


1 Comment

  1. Love your creativity. I grew up in a house where it was a big sin to waste food (parents were children of the depression) so making a “giambotte”, a dish of whatever is leftover and needs using up, is a regular occurrence in our house.


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