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How to de-stem kale and clean leafy greens

All the nutritional value, without the fibrous (extra chewy) bits.


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Eating hearty, leafy greens such as kale, collard greens and Swiss chard is a great way to add fibre, minerals and nutrients to a healthy diet. As much as we love our greens, the stems can be woody and fibrous – so it’s often better to remove them. In the video below, learn how to de-stem kale and other greens, as well as prep and clean them so they can be easily added to your dishes.

Bonus: This week we’re making all our dinners from a single grocery shop. On the menu tonight? Kale pesto pasta. If you’re cooking along with us, this video will come in handy.


Tip: Don’t throw away the stems! You can use them in these nutritious and tasty recipes.

Eight delicious recipes with kale or Swiss chard:
Quinoa and kale pilaf
Wheat-berry, kale and cranberry salad
Emerald kale salad
Lentil, kale and sausage soup
Pasta with Swiss chard and raisins
Honeyed Swiss chard with plums
Swiss chard with lemon and almonds

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