Savory Oat Groats and Kale
Nutty oat groats -- cooked like a pilaf -- and vitamin-C-rich kale are served as a light main course or satisfying accompaniment to poultry or beef.
Dovetailing tip: You chopped up the onion on Meal 3 to make this meal a little easier.
|2 tablespoons||olive oil|
|1||small onion (1/2 cup), finely chopped|
|1||medium leek, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, cut into matchsticks, and rinsed well|
|4||garlic cloves, thinly sliced|
|1||small carrot, cut into 1/4-inch dices|
|1 cup||oat groats|
|1 cup||homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock|
|1/2 teaspoon||coarse salt|
|6 ounces||tuscan kale (also called cavolonero), stemmed and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide strips|
|freshly ground pepper|
|1/4 cup||shaved Parmesan cheese|
|lemon wedges, for serving|
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add onion, leek, and half the garlic. Cook, stirring, until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in carrot and groats; cook 1 minute. Add stock, 1 cup water, and the salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 25 minutes.
Heat remaining tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add remaining garlic; cook until garlic begins to turn golden, about 30 seconds. Stir in kale; cook, stirring, until wilted, about 3 minutes.
Stir kale mixture into groats. Cover; cook until liquid is completely absorbed and groats are tender but still chewy, about 5 minutes. Season with pepper and red-pepper flakes. Garnish with cheese, and serve with lemon wedges.