Three Easy Ways To Make Good Food Better

My husband and I eat pretty healthy, but it's for no other reason than that we both just feel like healthy food tastes better. Thanks to Pinterest, there is an unlimited amount of recipes out there that are healthy in nature and even though we always seem to eat the same ones, I seriously feel like we could eat something different every night for a year if I ware so inclined. Because we are so used to eating things like kale and brown rice, I've never really considered that others may not like the taste.

I was reading an article over the weekend where the writer was complaining about the taste of kale and I wanted to crawl through the screen and say, "that's because you are cooking it wrong!" Instead I left a nice comment with some ideas, but it made me think that maybe there are a few of you who are shying away from healthy foods because you don't like the taste. Below you will find three of my favorite ways to make good food even better, aka how to make it taste less like cardboard. If any of you have any other suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comments.

As an aside, many of you through Instagram have asked me do a post on what we eat weekly so I've been keeping track and will soon do a post that details what I made for dinner for the past two weeks with links to the recipes. These are the meals that I make week after week so I'm hoping that you may find some new ones to add to your rotation. Xx

Chopped Kale


Question: What's the difference between a kale salad that has chopped kale versus a kale salad that has been chopped AND massaged? Answer: EVERYTHING. Seriously, if you hate kale and you think I sound a little crazy when I say you need to "massage" it, I'm here to tell you that you have been eating it wrong. A few years ago my girlfriend taught me this tip and it's so easy and it makes dry kale taste so so so good, it completely changes the texture and flavor.

All you do is add a little olive oil to your chopped and rinsed kale and then pretend like you are giving it a back massage for about 60 seconds. The massaging releases some of the flavor of the kale and it also gives it a bit of a softer texture, making it much easier to chew and swallow. I'm telling you, this extra little step makes such a big difference and you may soon find yourself actually loving kale. It can happen! If you want to put in a few more minutes, this salad is one of our favorites: Kale Salad With Lemon, Almonds and Pecorino.

Brown Rice

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We made the switch from white rice to brown about a decade ago, but up until I found this little trick I missed the white every single time I made it. Brown rice can often taste flavorless or mushy but I've learned that it's all about how you cook it. I now use a small rice cooker to first cook the rice and as soon as it's done I throw it in a pan of olive oil over medium high heat. Stir it around for a few minutes and viola! no more mushy rice. If you want to put in a few more minutes, this rice dish is one of our favorites! Crispy Kale and Mushroom Fried Rice.

Sautéed Kale

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This is one I actually learned from my hairdresser (who just so happens to be a fantastic chef) and it's a dinner game changer. I'm not lying when I say that we eat this as a side three to four times a week. Instead of using regular kale, buy the baby kale which is often found in those plastic containers and simply sauté it in olive oil with a little bit of salt and red pepper flakes over medium high heat until the kale is wilted. If you like your kale crispy like I do, wait a few minutes before you first flip it. The key is to not over-salt the kale as the kale really absorbs the flavor. You can always add more later! If you want to put in a few more extra minutes we love this recipe for some added protein. Spicy Sautéed Kale and Chickpeas.

Top photo by Sarah Winchester Photography