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{Life Lately} and… Lemony Sauteed Kale with Pine Nuts


Hi guys, guess what? I’m about to have a baby. Yea, you knew that, but can you believe I’m due in just over a week??? Neither can I.

You know what else is happening? Like in the next week?



and this.


Yea, all that happened right after school started. It’s a good thing believe me, though obviously the timing is a bit crazy. I can not tell you how many times I have used the word crazy in the last few weeks. I’m borderline losing my mind, to be honest. But in a strange, weird way handling it calmly at the same time. Make sense? Yea, no.

We’ve had our eyes peeled for a house with a little more room and space since last December. I will admit, I pretty much stopped looking over the summer as I knew that moving right before a baby was just not the thing to do. HA! Our new home popped on the market and caught our eye – I really didn’t want to LOVE it as much as I did, but the minute I walked through the doors I just knew and felt this would be our new home. It’s crazy I tell ya. What’s crazy too is that our current house sold at lightning speed – on the market for less than a day. I’m still trying to process all of this. I’ve also been a little afraid of talking about it too loudly because I didn’t want to jinx anything.

It was truly meant to be.

So, needless to say – my life has been feeling a little CRAZY these days. But crazy in such a good way, I feel so so blessed and I’m so excited for my family and all that will be happening the next couple of weeks. I’m a little emotional leaving the house I’ve lived in with my family for 8 years, the house my babies grew up in, but I know that all the memories are coming with us, and that new memories are waiting for us around the corner (literally like less than 2 miles away around the corner). But it’s still very bittersweet. I’m trying not to disappear from the blog, I have a few recipes already prepared to share with you while all this stuff is happening…but if I do disappear for a week or two, well, now you know why. πŸ™‚ I promise I’ll let you know when baby boy arrives though!!

Lemony Sauteed Kale with Pine Nuts |

In the meantime, here’s a quick sauteed kale side dish to hold you over. I’m finally loving kale again (something about my pregnancy and healthy greens just weren’t jiving this time around) and that makes me happy. I’ve been buying those big bags of pre-cut kale to make life easy and aside from baking it up as “kale chips” I’ve also been sauteeing it simply like this with lemon, olive oil and pine nuts. It’s lemony, so if you like lemon then you’ll love the extra lemon flavor – but if you don’t then don’t add it (or add just a tiny bit). I love it so the lemon just makes my mouth siiiiing! I served this healthy kale alongside some really simple baked and breaded cod fish. These are the meals I’ve been missing lately, the meals that my pregnancy kinda said No to. I’m thinking this meal will come in real handy as I’m trying to get the baby weight off in the next few months.

Enjoy and xo!!

Lemony Sauteed Kale with Pine Nuts |

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Lemony Sauteed Kale with Pine Nuts

Yield: about 4 servings


  • 6 cups roughly chopped kale (I used about half a bag of Glory Kale Greens)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • juice from one lemon
  • good pinch salt and pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts


  1. Heat olive oil in a large non stick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for just under a minute until fragrant. Add kale, salt and pepper. Cook kale for a few minutes, gently tossing, until it starts to soften.
  2. Once kale cooks down a bit, about 4-5 minutes, add your juice from one lemon. Continue to saute, adding in pine nuts (already toasted) just before done.

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43 Responses to “{Life Lately} and… Lemony Sauteed Kale with Pine Nuts”

  1. Jamie @lifelovelemons posted September 18, 2013 at 7:13 am

    LOVE kale right night (and think I might have to buy one of those “Eat Kale” T shirts! Congratulations on all for you exciting happenings!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 18, 2013 at 11:09 am

      I haven’t seen those shirts but now I think I need one too! Thanks so much!!

  2. Kim | Just For Clicks posted September 18, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Love you Girl. I know it’s a crazy time, but also God’s perfect timing. I’m so so excited for all that’s on the horizon for you and can’t wait till your sweet baby boy is home with your family in your new house. Praying for you and wishing you a Peace that surpasses all understanding even in the midst of the craziness right now. PS ~ I have a bag of Kale in my fridge that I need to use & a bag of frozen fish. So guess what? You just gave me dinner tonight! πŸ™‚

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 18, 2013 at 11:08 am

      so much comfort knowing it’s all in His timing! Thanks for all of your support. xo
      And enjoy dinner. I’ve made it two weeks in a row, super easy!!

  3. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite posted September 18, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I am so happy that you found a new home! I would be saying that is CRAZY to if I moved the week before I was due but you got to do what you got to do. I will be thinking and praying for you the next couple of weeks.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 18, 2013 at 11:07 am

      its true, you do what you gotta do. We are making it happen πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for your prayers, I really need them!! Hope you are doing well!

  4. Erica posted September 18, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I cannot wait to “meet” your peanut! SO excited for you and your family. I cannot believe you’re moving either…but very awesome that you guys will have additional space soon. Best of luck with the move <3<3

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 18, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Can’t wait to introduce him to you Erica!! thanks so much xoxo

  5. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted September 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I am so excited for you!!! I also want to move in to your new kitchen. Please? I’ll cook for you and the baby! xoxo CONGRATS on the new house!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 18, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Check your email, I just bought you a ticket to FL. πŸ˜‰

  6. kelley posted September 18, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Best of luck with the move and the baby! I’m sure it’s all going to work out just fine. Big hugs and can’t wait to hear of great news! xoxo

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 18, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Thanks Kelley!! It all feels right, crazy timing or not. Can’t wait to introduce Micah to you! πŸ™‚

  7. Alyssa (Everyday Maven) posted September 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

    So much to celebrate Aggie! Congrats on the new house and of course, the baby!!! πŸ™‚

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 18, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Thanks so much Alyssa! So exciting!

  8. Julia posted September 18, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Good luck moving–that is a lot to take on when you are about to have a baby! πŸ™‚ This dish looks wonderful–love the lemon and pine nut combo!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 18, 2013 at 11:04 am

      thank you so much! it is a lot. I’m getting a lot of help thankfully. Lemon and pine nuts make me happy πŸ™‚

  9. Cookin Canuck posted September 18, 2013 at 11:14 am

    What an exciting…and crazy…time for you guys. As hard as it is to move right before having a baby, you’ll probably be so glad to be in the new house. I can’t wait to hear about the arrival of your little guy!

    And the sauteed kale? I could happily eat that every day.

  10. Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats posted September 18, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Just made Kale for the first time the other day. LOVING it! I haven’t sauteed it yet so I will have to give this recipe a try, love the lemony flavor you added to it!

  11. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel posted September 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    oh my gosh what a crazy but totally exciting time this is going to be for your entire family!! Wishing you an a smooth and easy l&d πŸ™‚

  12. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch posted September 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    This dish looks great – but the real cuteness is the picture of you and the sweeties!!! Such an exciting time for you all right now!!! Enjoy!!! xoxo

  13. Tracey posted September 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Oh wow, you guys are going to be busy! Super exciting though! πŸ™‚

    I don’t make kale nearly enough, this looks delicious!

  14. Amy @Very Culinary posted September 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Ugh. Moving while about to have a baby! Be careful!

  15. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar posted September 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I can’t believe how fast time goes. So exciting for you! Annnnnnd this kale is totally making my weekly menu soon.

  16. Cassie | Bake Your Day posted September 18, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Whoa! Your life sounds super crazy but I feel you on the moving thing. And I’m sure it’s not easy being so close to a new baby. I know it will all fall into place for you!

  17. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted September 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Oh wow, a big move and school starting all at once?! Sounds like craziness. Good thing you have quick and easy meals like this to keep sane! Thanks for sharing, Aggie!

  18. Laura | My Little Gourmet posted September 19, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Wow, that is CRAZY! I can’t even begin to imagine how overwhelmed I would be with all of those new changes coming. Hats off to you for being so calm and even finding time to post about this delicious kale recipe. Can’t wait to try this! Good luck to you in these coming weeks!!

  19. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste posted September 20, 2013 at 7:13 am

    You look fantastic, Aggie! (As does this recipe hah!) Home stretch! Love and hugs coming your way πŸ™‚

  20. La Cuisine d'Helene posted September 21, 2013 at 10:27 am

    We moved when I was pregnant with my second child and it went well. When I was pregnant with my 3rd child we moved we he was only 2 months old. That was a bit harder. Good Luck and congrats!

  21. Caneel posted September 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Wow!! That’s a lot going on all at once! You look amazing – good luck on absolutely everything!

  22. Laura posted September 22, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Best of luck with everything! Such exciting things coming up….Kale dish looks really great πŸ™‚

  23. katie posted September 23, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Get out of town–I didn’t know you guys were moving! I’m so excited for you guys… new house and new baby! This kale sounds awesome!

  24. Yulia posted September 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Wow what a fantastic idea for my dinner tonight. I will try it tonight with frozen kale, let’s see what will come out πŸ™‚

    The picture by the way is beautiful. Good luck for the moving, may it all go smooth and as stressless as a moving could be πŸ™‚

    Best regards

  25. ashley - baker by nature posted September 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    You look gorgeous! So many (awesome!) changes coming your way! Wishing you luck and love with them all πŸ™‚ xo

  26. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats posted September 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Such exciting times. I am so excited for you and you just focus on your new home and baby! The blogging world will be here.

  27. Gaby posted September 25, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Best of luck with your move! This simple kale would really hit the spot!

  28. Michele Shanahan DeMoss posted September 26, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Such exciting events all at once!! Congratulations, many wishes for an easy transition.

  29. Sheila posted September 26, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Best of luck with everything Aggie! Can’t wait to hear all about it…and Ohh this side dish looks really goood!

  30. Sandy Coughlin posted September 30, 2013 at 10:29 am

    So so happy or you! Congrats!

  31. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective posted October 1, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Congrats on the move! Wow! Can’t imagine doing all of that with a baby on the way! πŸ™‚ Blessings to you and your family!!

  32. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen posted October 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Okay, the fact that this post was two weeks ago me thinks you must be cuddling your new little one πŸ™‚ So happy for your family for all of these wonderful changes. I like your style…you might as well just go for it all at once! Looking forward to finding out how everything went. Best wishes, Aggie πŸ™‚

    • Aggies Kitchen posted October 3, 2013 at 9:27 am

      I wish I was cuddling my little one Valerie πŸ™‚ 3 days past due date and counting… praying he makes an appearance very very soon!

  33. Katryna posted October 7, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Kale can be such a hard dish for people to get used to. This would be a great dish for those who have previously disliked it, and those who are a bit apprehensive to try it. I think the lemon is a good combination because it is such a strong flavor that can help combat the kale flavor. This is a great substitute for the frozen green beans and peas most of us make every night.

  34. Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple posted November 13, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    YUM! I love pine nuts. So delicious πŸ™‚

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