Separate the kale leaves from the stems, and cut into bite-sized pieces.
Cut the kale stems into pieces about 3 cm long.
Boil enough water to cook the kale. Add about 1 teapoon of salt once boiled, and cook the kale stems first for about 15 minutes.
Check the softness of the stems. If they're soft and sweet, add the leaves. Cook for another 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix the ★ ingredients. You can also use sugar or agave nectar for sweetness instead of maple syrup.
Drain the kale in a colander and let it cool a little bit. While it is still warm, add the mixed ★ sauce and stir to coat the kale.
I used unsweetened peanut butter.
Story Behind this Recipe
I'm eating kale every day, prepared with different recipes. But almost all of the recipes I've seen only use the leaves. I wanted to eat the hard stems somehow, so I tried to boil them. They turned out very well, without any bitterness.
When you make a kale recipe which doesn't use the stems, keep them for this recipe. Boil them to remove their bitterness and soften them. I used smooth peanut butter this time, but you can also use crunchy peanut butter if you want some texture.