Smoky Braised Baby Kale and Spinach

This recipe was a happy accident! So, I asked my sweet husband to pick up a few ingredients from the market this afternoon. One item on the list was kale for a side dish to my steamed rice and jerk pork. Instead of just regular kale, he grabbed baby kale. Then, he generously decided to go back to the store and accidentally got (large leaf) spinach. After talking him out of going to Kroger for a third time, I decided to mix the greens and try my recipe.

2 strips bacon, diced
1/2 medium onion, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 bunch spinach
1 container baby kale
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

On medium heat, render the fat from the bacon and brown the onions in it. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds (so it doesn’t burn). Add the tomatoes and red pepper flakes. Cook for 2-5 minutes. Add the broth and deglaze the pan. Dump all your greens in (I ripped the spinach up to a similar size as the baby kale) and stir. Turn to low. Cook the greens for about 10-15 minutes. Right before you are ready to serve, add the balsamic vinegar. Serve over steamed rice.

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