What is an anti-inflammatory recipe for people with diabetes?

Kale is an antioxidant-packed leafy green that calms inflammation, so it's great for people with diabetes -- and it may even help prevent cancer. It can have a bitter taste, but here it's paired with leeks and Dijon mustard for a creamy, flavorful dish. 

Click below to watch chef Michel Nischan prepare this simple recipe.

Braised Kale


1 fresh leek, white part only, sliced (or 6 green onions and tops, sliced)
2 tsp olive oil
1 lb kale, rinsed, dried, and torn into pieces (about 5 cups)
1/2 cup low sodium vegetable broth
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 pinch salt
1 pinch black pepper
1/4 cup cold water


1. In large skillet, heat olive oil over medium. Add leeks, cook 3 to 4 minutes or until soft.
2. Add kale and cook while stirring until it starts to wilt. Add water and vegetable broth. Bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer, covered, 5 minutes or until kale wilts. Drain 2/3 of liquid from skillet. Return skillet to heat.
3. Add sour cream and mustard. Stir to blend well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve.

Additional Information

Beet, turnip, or mustard greens can be substituted for kale.

Makes 4 servings

Amount Per Serving

Calories 134.4
Total Carbs 12.4 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 2 g
Total Fat 7.8 g
Saturated Fat 3.8 g
Unsaturated Fat 3.9 g
Potassium 379.7 mg
Protein 3.8 g
Sodium 121.5 mg


Continue Learning about Diabetes


Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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