I LOVE KALE :)
I resent the claim that Kale is “so last year” and in response here are my 5 favorite delicious things to do with a big ole bag o yummy nutritious KALE
1) Kale Chips— a recipe I’ve featured earlier, but they are so easy and delicious. My boyfriend and I will sneak them into Movie theaters to munch on instead of popcorn
- Throw chopped up kale in a ziploc with a couple tablespoons of olive oil and a teaspoon of salt and shake, then spread onto a baking sheet and cook for about 15 minutes in the oven at 350 then shake around and cook for another 15 minutes. Taste test in the second half of cooking because some people like them crunchier than others. Also beware— do not go too heavy on olive oil because it will prevent them from getting crispy
2) Kale sauteed with garlic and lemon juice— This seems so simple but it makes the best accompaniment to any type of fish, I especially love it with a little piece of salmon.
- Spray some natural balance or other olive oil type substance onto a medium heat pan
- Throw chopped up kale, a tablespoon of minced garlic and a tablespoon of lemon juice and sautee.
- It’s soooooo good
3) Kale Salad with Pinenuts, Currants and Parmesan— I got this recipe from epicurious, it’s a sure pleaser and great for all seasons
- 2 tablespoons dried currants
- 7 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar, divided
- 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 bunches Tuscan kale (about 1 pound), center ribs and stems removed, leaves thinly sliced crosswise
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted
- Parmesan cheese shavings
Place currants in small bowl; add 5 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar. Let soak overnight. Drain currants.
Whisk remaining 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, honey, oil, and salt in large bowl. Add kale, currants, and pine nuts; toss to coat. Let marinate 20 minutes at room temperature, tossing occasionally. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle cheese shavings over salad and serve
4) Kale Chicken Caesar Salad— this is essentially a caesar salad with kale instead of Romaine lettuce, but it makes a huge difference. I find it way more filling and satisfying. I also usually skip the parmesan and add avocado and tomato, even some red onion to pump it up a little.
5) Kale smoothie— this isn’t as much a recipe as it is just a way to use a little kale in your life. I love making a smoothie with my favorite kitchen tool, the Magic Bullet, using frozen berries, a banana and some OJ but I love adding some superfood from Whole Foods and a handful of Kale/or Spinach to just get some extra vitamins in there. Plus you’ll look all hipster with a disgusting brownish greenish looking thing in your hand—- little do people know it still tastes just like a berry smoothie.