Category Archives: Kale

Warning to those purchasing kale from Kroger

I just read this announcement (which I will also share with you, because it could affect anyone purchasing these items from the produce aisle…), but before I share, let me just say that there is no reason in my opinion on why individuals cannot grow their own greens. Enlighten me — tell me in the comments below why greens cannot be grown. My inquiring mind wants to know.

I literally just planted a tray of kale seeds yesterday to grow out into our cool fall days. In fact, fall and winter here in Zone 7B is a fantastic time to grow kale, because there is less pest pressure.

If you have never grown kale, you are missing out on one of the most convenient and easiest plants you can grow. You just harvest leaf-by-leaf from the bottom of the stem upwards as it grows and it keeps giving more-and-more leaves to nourish you week-after-week through the cool season.

When we get down to freezing temps, just cover with a row cover material of some sort or if in a planter, roll it in at night into the garage and back out in the day time. Some kale actually tastes sweeter it seems with frost. Or, like me, you could invest in a Hydroponic vertical garden growing system with grow lights like the Tower Garden and grow kale or greens 24/7/365.

Self-sufficiency is not only the healthiest option for you and those you love, but it’s a wonderful feeling to just enjoy the work of your hands. If you have a moment, check out EWG’s Dirty Dozen list. Notice what is on it? And if you’ve been purchasing produce from Kroger — specifically kale — take note of this important announcement just released moments ago from the Georgia Department of Agriculture Food Recall:


The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) is recalling its 16-ounce Kroger bagged kale product, produced by Baker Farms, due to possible listeria monocytogenes contamination. This action is being taken in cooperation with the US FDA. To date, no illnesses related to this product have been reported.

This recall includes 16-ounce bags of Kroger branded Kale (see picture below), with the UPC 11110-18170 with a best by date of 09-18-2021, which is printed on the front of the package below the light blue bar. All affected products were pulled from the Produce departments on Sept. 16, 2021.

Baker Farms is recalling their Baker Farms, Kroger & SEG Grocers brand names of Kale, 1 lb plastic bags with BEST BY 09-18-2021107020-21832 due to contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. Products affected by this recall can be found here

On 9-15-2021 the firm was notified by a customer that the product test positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The products were distributed between 8/30/2021 – 9/1/2021. These products were packaged in clear plastic and sold primarily in retail stores located in the States of: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MO, MS, NC, NY & VA. No illnesses have been reported to date. 


So in summary, grow kale. Especially now. And eat what you grow. You might just fall in love with growing your health gardening in the process.

Kale harvest from kale grown in our hydroponic/Aeroponic TowerGarden growing system.

Happy growing,

—Erin

Recipe | Egg White Breakfast Scramble

Egg White Scramble with Kale + Sweet Peppers + Chicken Sausage + Goat Cheese

If you’re working on losing weight or lowering cholesterol, an easy way to win in both these areas is to simply remove the yolk of the egg from your scrambled eggs. For convenience sake, you can purchase in carton form egg whites and measure out however much you need using a liquid measuring cup.

We added a protein source to our scramble here (chicken sausage), but feel free to substitute any protein source you have on hand. It’s also a good idea to add veggies and greens — in this case we used sweet peppers and kale because they were readily available.

Top off with goat cheese or feta and add while the cooked eggs are still hot so it softens a bit. I’m all about convenience these days and have been purchasing the squeezable ready to go guacamole from the grocery aisle refrigerator section and it is great when you want just a little bit of avocado without cutting into a whole one. No more worrying if the avocado is ripe and trying to time things right — just take out of the fridge and squeeze onto your food. Win!

Egg White Scramble

Low calorie breakfast tasty option
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: bell pepper, chicken, goat cheese, kale, keto, low carb, pcos, quick, recipe, weight watchers
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 259kcal
Author: Erin Castillo

Equipment

  • non-stick frying pan
  • large wooden spoon or spatula

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Egg Whites 100 calories
  • 2 small Snacking Peppers, diced and sautéed 27 calories
  • 1 TBSP Goat Cheese, crumbled 20 calories
  • 1 patty Al Fresco Chicken Sausage 80 calories
  • 1 medium leaf Kale, torn and sautéed (about a 1/4 cup) 9 calories
  • 1 TBSP Guacamole / Avocado 23 calories

Instructions

  • On medium heat, place a non-stick frying pan and add 1/2 tsp of Olive Oil or non-stick spray
  • Add chopped sweet peppers and diced/torn bite size pieces of kale to hot pan and cook for 3 minutes stirring occasionally
  • Cut chicken patty into bite size pieces and then warm chicken patty in Microwave for 40 seconds.
  • Pour egg whites into hot pan with warmed sweet peppers and kale. Stir occasionally until all egg whites are cooked and turn off heat source. Place in bowl
  • Add goat cheese crumbles to top of scrambled egg whites. Top off with a small squeeze of ready-to-serve guacamole.