Every night after dinner, Pete and I sit down and watch the nightly news on NBC with Lester Holt. We’re like a living cliché for older couples.
Frank: Gladys, the news is on!
Frank: The NEWS is on!
Gladys: Well if the screws are in, then what’s the problem?
Frank: The NEWS, Gladys! The NEEEEEWWWWWS!
Gladys: You don’t have to yell, Frank. I know all about the screws.
Frank: Makes his way to the beer fridge…
Anyway, we were watching, and we heard the recent report about how taking people taking calcium supplements are 22 percent more likely to have calcium deposits in their coronary arteries. See short clip: Study: Calcium Supplements Actually Increases Risk of Heart Disease
People take calcium supplements to strengthen bones. However, we are rarely told that green, leafy vegetables such as kale, swiss chard, spinach and broccoli are excellent calcium sources. That’s why I have a kale salad for you today.
Mushroom Kale Salad
Fall is kale season and this salad works for any late-season hosting and entertaining.
- 1 bunch kale, washed, de-stemmed and cut into ribbons
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup cooked wild rice
- 1 small onion, peeled and minced
- 1 cup roughly chopped mushrooms (any kind)
- ¼ cup cooking sherry
- 1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped (substitute basil or parsley)
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- ¼ c each: rice vinegar, maple syrup and water
- 2 teaspoons peeled & grated fresh ginger
- 2 tablespoons of miso paste
- Place kale in a large salad bowl or onto a decorative plate and sprinkle with dried cranberries.
- Spoon cooked rice, warm or cold, onto kale and cranberries.
- Into a fry pan, place the cooking sherry and onions. Heat onions until translucent, about 5 minutes. Place the chopped mushrooms into the pan and cook another 5 minutes.
- Spoon the mushroom/onion mixture, warm or cold, on top of the wild rice.
- Top the salad with herbs and walnuts.
- Make the dressing by combining all dressing ingredients into a lidded jar. Shake to combine the dressing. Pour over top of the salad.
Incidentally, people think dairy products are a superior sources of calcium for strong bones, but although dairy products contain calcium, they also contain animal proteins, which actually contribute to bone loss. Kale has no such downside.
So, eat your greens!