Best Ways to Cook/eat/prepare Kale
Thanks for the request, @lucywalker! This is a favorite subject of mine. FYI I almost never use curly kale. Dinosaur/Tuscan/Lacinato kale is my preference. It's smoother and better tasting.
- •In a CaesarHere's my recipe: http://bit.ly/1I9fDM3 You could also just use bottled Caesar dressing, croutons, and Parmesan.
- •Raw, sliced, with a bright, lemony dressingThis salad makes an almost nightly appearance on our dinner table. I usually make a dressing with extra-virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, and a pinch of salt; and really rub it all over the kale, letting it sit for at least 10 minutes before serving (this helps soften the tough greens). It's great with toasted almonds, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds.
- •Seaweed salad styleSlice the kale thinly, and pour over a dressing of olive oil, honey, soy sauce, and a few drops of toasted sesame oil. Toss well, let the salad sit, then stir in a bunch of toasted sesame seeds.
- •Kale chipsA standard. Remove the kale leaves from the ribs, then cut into chip size pieces, coat well with olive oil, and spread on and ungreased baking sheet. Roast at 450° until crispy. Season with salt, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, or any other seasoning you like.
- •In spanakopitaSpanakopita traditionally calls for spinach, but I find kale to be not only more nutritionally dense, but also richer in flavor. Here's my recipe: http://bit.ly/1IGAcjv
- •In a smoothieUse frozen, stemless kale, and let it go in the blender for a while with your choice of liquid and a little banana. This makes a great smoothie base. I like to add a little frozen mango or berries for sweetness.
- •In twice-baked sweet potato skinsThese are especially great for people who think they don't like kale http://bit.ly/1K92iBY
- •In a cabbage roll knockoffIf you like cabbage rolls, you'll love kale rolls! http://bit.ly/1bXsMLP
- •In meatballsThese can be made with chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, or pork http://bit.ly/1DPHbQd