I am quite content with kale sautéed in some extra-virgin olive oil, garlic and sea salt–I could eat it every day.

But…every once in a while I like to switch things up and this recipe does the trick. The sweetness of the raisins, the crunch of the pine nuts and the undisputed deliciousness of kale make this a great go-do dish.

What’s Smart & Sexy About This Dish?

Kale–Ah, Kale….the “queen of greens” is really just amazing.  Among many of her wonderful features, kale is a great source for absorbable calcium, which is one of the many factors that help prevent osteoporosis (there is nothing smart and sexy about osteoporosis).

Raisins–What I love about raisins is that the natural sugars add just a touch of sweet to a dish leaving me satisfied and not feeling like I need to go for a dessert after.

And, I just learned that there is an amino acid in raisins called arginine that helps to arouse the libido.  Need a little pick me up?  Grab a handful of raisins.

Pine Nuts–Speaking of acids, pine nuts contain pinoleic acid, which makes you feel fuller faster, helpful when you want to lose weight.

These little guys also contain protein and magnesium, which makes them an excellent source of energy.

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[Serves 4]

¼ cup toasted pine nuts
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, diced small
1 bunch kale, stems and leaves chopped small (keep separate)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup raisins
Sea Salt to taste

To toast pine nuts, place them on a pie tin or cookie sheet and bake at 325 F for 5 minutes, or until golden brown.   Take care not to burn the nuts.  Set aside.

In a large saucepan over medium high-heat add the extra-virgin olive oil and onions and sauté for 2 minutes.  Add in the garlic and raisins and sauté for 1 minute.  Add in the kale stems; sprinkle some sea salt on them and sauté for about 3 minutes.

Add the kale and another sprinkle of sea salt, sauté approximately 5 minutes until the kale is tender.  Top with toasted pine nuts.