What A Crock!: Popular kale can be slow-cooker dish _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Kale Chicken

Kale is everywhere, so how about pairing it with chicken? And while we are pairing ingredients, how about feta cheese?

Pairing ingredients is all about balance. Flavors must balance, or you have one ingredieWith slow cooking, it’s also about timing.

The sauce and the chicken can slow-cook for much longer than kale, so add it near the end of cooking time. The feta can, of course, just be sprinkled in upon completion. Both the color and the flavor will be much fresher.

Adding ingredients in at different times makes for a more successful slow-cooked dinner. Take note of your ingredients and, if you can’t imagine them slow-cooking for six to eight hours, look at how you can add them later, such as the kale in this recipe or those with spinach.

Root vegetables need the extra time, but softer ones, not so much.Make an easy sauce, and it’s a super convenient dinner for a summer’s day.

Julie Kay is a columnist for The Advocate. She can be reached at juliekay6122@gmail.com.