In the Kitchen with Pretty Fabulous Home: Cooking Kale and Spinach

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food
— Hippocrates, 460 B.C.

I’m sure most of you have seen how popular Kale is when you’re out at a restaurant or even at a smoothie establishment.  Looks like Popeye was right about spinach too and its popular benefits.  I must say I’ve gotten caught up in the craze as a way to provide the best foods for my family.  Like most, my family has a busy schedule and with the boom in my husband’s concierge medicine business, I’m always trying to make sure we stay balanced in our diet and levels of nutrition.

One of my favorite sides for any meal is sautéed Kale and Spinach. 

Did you know that a little over a cup of Kale provides you with 14% of your daily calcium, 659% of daily vitamin A and more than 900% of your daily vitamin K!  According to Medical News Today, Kale improves blood glucose control in diabetics, lowers the risk of cancer, lowers blood pressure and even lowers the risk of developing asthma.  Wow!  Those are pretty major benefits. 

Spinach is a great source to help keep skin healthy and produce hair growth.  Based on a Medical News Today article, it’s high in vitamin A, which is necessary for sebum production to keep hair moisturized.  Spinach and other leafy greens high in vitamin C are imperative for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair.

Ok, enough with the science, I think you get it.  These foods are imperative to stay healthy and have the energy needed to improve your family life.

Well, here’s how I love to cook them:


  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 1 Green pepper
  • 1 Red pepper
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Tomato
  • 5 oz. Kale and Spinach
  • Mushrooms (optional)


  1. Chop peppers, onion, and tomato and place into a bowl
  2. Base skillet with olive oil and heat to medium-high heat
  3. Place peppers and onion mixture into skillet, cook and stir for 1 minute 
  4. Add approximately 5 oz. of mixed kale and spinach
  5. Stir and cook in skillet until sautéed 
  6. Squeeze a dash of lemon to taste
  7. Add salt or other alternative spices as desired

Add Lemons for an unexpected taste of flavor

I love adding this dressing for most meals

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