How to eat kale

How to eat kale

  • Kale salad recipe is sure to be a family hit!
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This was the first year we grew kale, and I had no idea how abundant the harvest would be.  6 plants yielded 2 large bags, so I needed to figure out what to do with all of it – so I thought I’d blog about it!

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First I washed all of it to remove the bugs and caterpillars, then cut the stems off, then chopped it coarsely and still had 2 bags full. We spent 3 days in the kitchen and made (and perfected!) 4 amazingly easy and tasty things with it. Check it out:

Kale chips

How to use it:

  • Eat it up like a snack!

Ingredients (approximate):

  • 2 handfuls of coarsely chopped kale
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

img_3080How to do it:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl
  2. Spread out on cookie sheets (I use pizza pans) being careful to spread them out
  3. Cook in oven at 275oF for 20 minutes, switching trays halfway through if needed
  4. Store in a paper bag with some rice if you plan on keeping it a few days

Blanched kale

How to use it:

  • Great for storing kale in the freezer
  • Easy to grab pieces of kale for smoothies, soups, stews, pastas, etc.

How to do it:

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil
  2. Prepare an “ice bath”, or sink filled with cold water and ice cubes
  3. Throw some chopped kale in the pot for 2 minutes, stirring as needed to make sure all of it gets wet
  4. After 2 minutes, strain the kale and put in the ice bath
  5. Take the kale out of the water, squeeze the water out, put in a freezer bag, spread it out flat

Kale pesto

How to use it:

  • In a pasta, on a pizza, on crackers, etc.

Ingredients:

  • 4 handfuls of coarsely chopped kale (about 4 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • Salt and pepper to to taste

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How to do it:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor
  2. Store in a container in the fridge
  3. Optional: if you’ve made a lot, you can store some in the freezer by putting it in ice cube trays, freezing it, then put the frozen cubes in a freezer bag

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Dried kale flakes

How to use it:

  • Like any other spice in your cupboard, although it is more bland
  • Add a lot of it to any food you’re making – the herbaphobes will never know!

How to do it:

  1. Take some handfuls of coarsely chopped kale
  2. Spread out on cookie sheets (I use pizza pans) being careful to spread them out
  3. Cook in oven at 275oF for 20 minutes, switching trays halfway through if needed
  4. Place cooked chips in a bowl, use your hand to crunch them up, store in a spice jar, paper bag, or mason jar, etc.
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