5 Ways to Use Kale

In some places, Kale is a dirty word, a misunderstood vegetable that can scare even the most seasoned home cook and incite grimaces from the family. This stems from the fact that Kale can be hard to learn how to work with, but here we will discuss 5 ways to use Kale that give it just the right amount of love and understanding.

But the thing is Kale is a Superfood and one of the most nutritious and versatile leafy greens out there.  One cup of Kale has more than two times the daily recommended amount of beta-carotene, tons of Vitamin C, B6 and even protein.  If you don’t believe me, just check out what Harvard Medical School has to say about it. You just have to make friends with it.

Let’s start off easy and add Kale to smoothies. Ok there is one way already and it’s only one sentence.  Hard to argue with throwing a handful of Kale into a smoothie loaded with fruit and other veggies right?

Kale Chips; the answer to potato chips. If you like salty, crunchy snacks and you aren’t eating Kale chips at least once a week, you are missing out!

Soups are a great place to use Kale.  Here is a Mushroom Barley Soup with Kale that is the perfect answer to the cool, Fall afternoons.  Serve with some crusty bread and a side salad and you have one hearty and healthy meal that tastes amazing!  Next time you see a soup recipe that calls for Swiss Chard or Spinach, try substituting Kale.  Just be sure to give the Kale a good 10 to 15 minutes of cooking time to soften before serving.

And then there is Kale Salad, basically raw kale with oil, vinegar, and spices that is easy to digest, delicious, and very filling.

Last but not least, steamed Kale.  Pretty basic, cut your kale up (with or without ribs depending on preference) and bring a pot of salted water to a rapid boil.  Insert a steamer and place Kale into pot, cover and cook for three to five minutes.  You can really get creative here, serve with shredded organic cheese, earth balance, soy sauce, tahini, or even salsa.  If this is your first time making steamed Kale, be sure to cut it up into smaller pieces so it isn’t chewy and you will be hooked!



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About Alyssa

An accomplished home cook, recipe developer and lover of all things healthy, Alyssa Brantley is an expert in the kitchen. Her focus is on creating healthy and delicious global recipes that use whole foods and natural ingredients, yet fit in with the type of balanced eating recommended by Weight Watchers. Moderation, within healthy guidelines is the key to everyday well-being! www.everydaymaven.com
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