The Many Faces of Kale

Recently a lot of people have been asking about the various ways kale can be used and I got so excited because it is so versatile which means you can use it so many different ways. If you haven’t caught on by now, I love food… real food… food that can still be called food because it hasn’t been loaded with non food-ish junk and additives. I promise, I won’t get on a soap box, but I will share a couple of my favorite uses for kale so you can enjoy it in all it’s glory as well!

Eat It Raw

Because of kale’s hearty  texture, some people get put off at the thought of eating it raw. It can easily be added to smoothies or juiced, but there are some other tricks to break down the rough leaves without loosing it’s uncooked nutritional benefits.

Marinating the leaves in a raw kale salad will break down the tough exterior in as little as ten minutes. There are various ways you can do this, so you can experiment and get creative, but my personal favorite couldn’t be simpler.

Raw Kale Salad

– Chop up kale to bite sized pieces
– Toss kale in lemon juice, olive oil, fresh minced garlic, and a sprinkle of salt
– Let kale sit in the mixture at least 10 minutes.
– Toss in other veggies to your taste. My combo of choice is often halved grape tomatoes, dried cranberries, avocado, and grilled chicken if I’m in a meat mood, or pine nuts if I’m feeling fancy.

Saute’ it Up

Kale is delicious cooked in a variety of ways; stir frying being a stand out. I will often throw it in any time I am making an Asian stir fry, or rustic dishes.

Here’s a combo I enjoy:

– Chop up cleaned kale into bite size pieces
– Heat up some coconut oil in a skillet or wok
– Add some diced onions, garlic, and ginger to the coconut oil and cook until aromatic
– Add Mushrooms (Maitake are my favorite) and either turnips or white beans and cook a few minutes
– Add kale and cook 5 minutes more.
– Add Braggs Liquid Aminos and season to taste with salt and pepper

SNACK!!!

Kale chips are my favorite thing to munch on! They are so delicious, and totally guilt free! What more could you ask for in a snack than that? You can try combinations of different seasonings until you find your favorite, or try my favorite out and take my word for it that it’s the best!

– Chop kale in bite sized pieces (dinosaur kale is great for this recipe because it is flatter, but all varieties can be used)
– In a large bowl, toss kale with grapeseed oil, enough to lightly coat kale.
– Season kale with himalayan sea salt, garlic powder, and a dash of cayenne pepper and toss to distribute.
– Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out kale in an even layer
– Bake @ 350 for 5 minutes or until crispy ***
– Let cool and enjoy!

*** Make sure you keep an eye on the kale. It can go from being almost done to overdone very quickly. You don’t want to burn it. When it’s looking like it is drying out some, it is usually done.

Let us know what you think of these recipes, and please, share some of your favorites with us so we can enjoy them as well!

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