Pancetta Gives Risotto Awesome Smoky Flavor
Different kinds of greens are becoming a hot commodity because of their health value. Although several are bitter on their own, including them as an ingredient in the main dish rather than the centerpiece makes for a wonderful, hearty dinner that's rich in flavor.
Since 2012 has started, I'm trying to include more leafy greens in my diet. I've always been a fan of the basics like cabbage, lettuce and broccoli. But I've started buying more and more fresh spinach and kale to eat in salads or add to pastas. Why you ask? Well because they add a new, earthy flavor to my dinners and they have some serious health benefits too.
Did you know that one cup of kale contains only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 15 percent of the daily requirement for calcium and vitamin B6, 180 percent of vitamin A, 200 percent of vitamin C and 1,020 percent of vitamin K? This leafy vegetable is also very good for the eyes (if you'd like to try something besides carrots), it lowers cholesterol and helps reduce the risk of heart disease, especially when cooked. So you can see why I've started adding kale to my weekly grocery list.
Since I'm trying to include kale more in my meals, I've started to watch for more recipes that use it. This risotto recipe from Sunset Magazine is just one perfect example.
Grilled kale and pancetta risotto recipe
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