side angle view of sauteed kale in a bowl.

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Sauteed Kale with savory nutritional yeast, garlic powder, salt and pepper is a healthy vegan side dish and so easy to make!


  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or 1/4 cup water or veg broth
  • 12 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • mineral salt & pepper, to taste


Prep the kale:

  • Wash and dry the kale leaves.
  • The kale may need to be trimmed based on personal preferences. You may choose to keep the thick central ribs intact or remove them. For this recipe, I just removed the tougher ends.
  • Next, stack the leaves on top of each other (if using curly kale you may only be able to do a few leaves at a time). Using a sharp knife, cut the leaves widthwise in to thin strips across the leaves. Once done, give it a quick rough chop.

Saute Kale: Heat oil or water in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet or wok over medium-low heat. Add kale and saute for 3 – 4 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add seasoning: Add the nutritional yeast, garlic powder, salt and pepper, continue to cook until kale is wilted and turns bright dark green, about 4 – 5 minutes (shown below).

Serves 3 – 4

Store: Leftovers can be stored in covered containers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


For convenience, use pre-cut packaged kale.

This recipe can easily be doubled, however, I recommend cooking in batches as the kale will fill up the pan until they are cooked down.

Nutrition information is calculated using 12 oz. kale.

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