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Sketching and Sauteed Kale with Tomatoes, Garlic and Parmesan

Good morning, dear ones! How was your weekend?

I was off to Seattle area on business and got to stay in a darling little bed and breakfast and have Baked French Toast with Apples. It was so fun to have a little excursion, sleep under a down comforter, and oh, that big ol’ clawfoot tub was fabulous. 🙂

After the business conference was over I got to spend the weekend with my dear friends Bekah and Trish. These women never fail to inspire me with their creativity and fabulous talents as photographer and writer/social media strategist. It was so nice to get to see them face to face, sharing fears and frustrations, thrills and accomplishments, laughing hard about our muss ups and celebrating the good things in our lives.

We talked a lot about creativity and beauty, how essential they are to our happiness and well-being. So Sunday afternoon was devoted to sprucing up my blog, feeling so excited when I figured out how to design my own header!! I also added some of my sketches to Facebook and am so happy to be developing these little creative outlets.

What is your creative outlet? Is there something you’d like to learn that you haven’t tried yet? Painting? Sewing? Photography?

After happily indulging in a steady diet of donuts and Cheerios today, I am ready to get back to healthy, nourishing food like this dish of kale sauteed with tomato and garlic topped with Parmesan cheese. Mmm, it’s one of my favorite quick ways to get greens into my diet.

This dish is my contribution to Chaya’s Meatless Mondays. Pop over to see more inspiring dishes!

Sauteed Kale with Tomatoes, Garlic and Parmesan


one bunch kale, rinsed and chopped

olive oil

2-3 Roma tomatoes, diced (or 1 can diced tomatoes, drained)

2 cloves garlic, minced

salt and pepper

1/4-1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Place kale in skillet of boiling salted water, simmer for 5-10 minutes until kale is tender. Drain.
  2. In another skillet cook tomatoes and garlic in olive oil for 5 minutes.
  3. Add kale and cook another 5 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Pour into serving dish and top with Parmesan cheese.

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barbara - The new header looks great. My blog is in need of a revamp.
Nice to hear you had a good weekend with friends.

bellini valli - I love Seattle!!!

Katie@Cozydelicious - I love staying at B+Bs – mostly for the breakfast! How fun! And your kale looks so yummy.

Amy B - Oh, I love the new header!

Bekah Mae - Ooh, I love your sketches! They make me happy! It was so good to see you this weekend and chat. Hopefully next time I won’t be rushing out the door….sigh.

RamblingTart - Thank you, Barbara! I’m having such fun learning how to do these things. I thought I’d have to pay a couple thousand dollars to have someone design one, but it’s so much more satisfying figuring it out on my own. 🙂

RamblingTart - Me too, Bellini! Such a fun and beautiful city. 🙂

RamblingTart - So do I, Katie! So much better than a generic hotel room and continental breakfast. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you, Amy! So glad you like it. 🙂

RamblingTart - Hooray, Bekah! That makes me grin. 🙂 It was great to see you too and I’m REALLY looking forward to our Anthropologie reward trip. 🙂

tasteofbeirut - Yum; I love greens but I have never had kale. Need to try it soon; but I am so blown over by this French toast with the apples! How about a recipe for that one too?
(not to feel pressured or anything!)

RamblingTart - OK Joumana, I’ll see what I can find out. 🙂 Perhaps I can talk the proprietor into sharing his recipe. 🙂

Debi (Table Talk) - I love kale no matter what the season. This dish is light, and exactly what I want to eat in the middle of a heat wave outside (which is now!)
Such a nice photo~

Jacquelien - The new header is utterly fantastic. Gad you’re CLEVER!!! I know what you mean about getting back to food basics. I’ve been baking up a storm at home and at work — oh, and eating said baked yummies! — and was craving nothing but fresh salad greens and vegetarian fare this wkend in Toronto. Kale included! Num, num, num …

RamblingTart - Me too, Debi. 🙂 I love it hot or cold and it’s just splendid. 🙂

RamblingTart - Oh, thank you SO much, Jacqueline! 🙂 I’m so happy you like it. 🙂 Mmm, I do love that healthy food. Funny how you crave such things after delicious baked goods, eh? 🙂

lani - Sauted Kale is very healthy, looks yummy too!

RamblingTart - You’re so right, Lani, and I love it cooked this way. 🙂 So savory!

Chaya - You have such an eye for beauty. Each change you make, each photo you share demonstrates this.

Thanks for linking the kale recipe to My Meatless Mondays. I think, I would like to try it with spinach rather than kale, simply because I have never had kale.

My eating habits have changed greatly and where a year ago, I would take the pasta, not I take the veggies and this recipe is just right for that.

Mary - What a lovely post. I like the sketch and you kale looks good enough to eat :-).

Barbara - I want to redo my header too…something permanent. You’ve done a super job!

I’ve only had kale a couple times and both times it was sauteed with garlic. Seems to be a natural combo. But I really like your recipe with tomatoes and Parmesan. Much like a pasta dish and so much healthier!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - What a lovely breakfast to wake up to! 😀 And I suppose my creative outlet is cooking 😛

Joanne - One of my favorite pasta dishes that I’ve made is essentially THIS kale recipe mixed with some whole wheat noodles. Thanks for reminding me to make it again!

Your business trip sounds super fun…anything that involves french toast is super fun. Hope you had a great start to your week!

Summer - U have a wonderful new look to ur lovely site!!
HAh, this is so wonderful a time spend!
Well i sure missed lods of pics here, didn i?
BEautiful pics and delicious food…super day to u Krista!!
And i saw u message about what u bought at CSN so muc later!
Am happy to hear about it!

Summer - U have a wonderful new look to ur lovely site!!
HAh, this is so wonderful a time spend!
Well i sure missed lods of pics here, didn i?
BEautiful pics and delicious food…super day to u Krista!!
And i saw u message about what u bought at CSN so muc later!
Am happy to hear about it!

RamblingTart - Oh thank you, Chaya. 🙂 It’s so fun learning new ways to be creative.

I think spinach would work splendidly too. 🙂

I’m doing way more veggies too, and it feels so good. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thanks, Mary! 🙂 I’m still eating the kale today and lovin’ it!

RamblingTart - I’m so glad you like my new header, Barbara. 🙂 Yours is splendid too – I love all those colors. 🙂

You’re right about this dish being rather pasta-ish. It reminds me of pasta every time I eat it. 🙂

RamblingTart - My creative outlet is the same, Lorraine. And I LOVE what you produce with your bursts of creativity. 🙂

RamblingTart - Oh that sounds fabulous, Joanne! I’ll have to add pasta next time to make a meal of it. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you, dear Mia. 🙂 I’m so glad you could come by and that you like my photos. 🙂

Zita - Quick nurishing dish!!!

RamblingTart - It really is, Zizi. 🙂

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