All Things Kale

Kale Chips

Kale chips are simple to make, and delicious, but don’t let them out of your sight.  I’ve made a batch and left it on the counter, only to find that my husband has eaten them all – they are that delicious.  To make kale chips, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  De-rib the kale (cutting out the tough center vein), cut the remaining leaves into bite -sized pieces, wash, dry, and place in a bowl.  Add one tablespoons of olive oil to the kale, as well as salt and cayenne pepper to taste and mix well.  Spread the kale out on a baking sheet and bake until crisp – 10 to 15 minutes.

Kale Smoothies and Juices

If you’re looking for an easy way to drink your kale, put it in a fruit smoothie.  Take one banana, a half cup of berries, and two to three leaves of kale (washed and torn into small pieces), add some ice and a liquid of your choice (apple juice, orange juice, rice milk, plain yogurt or water all work well).  This is a great way to get kids to eat kale.  If you have a juicer, add a four or kale leaves to all of your vegetable juices.  If the flavor is too “green”, cut it with the addition of an apple, a lemon or some ginger.

Sautéed Kale

Kale is great sautéed with a good deal of garlic, crushed red pepper and the rind of an organic lemon.  To prepare wash and dry the kale, de-rib it, and then slice it into ½ inch ribbons.  Mince two to four garlic cloves.  Heat two tablespoons of olive oil, sauté the garlic for two minutes, then add a ½ teaspoon of crushed red pepper and a teaspoon of grated lemon rind.  Sauté for two minutes, add the kale and cook for ten minutes, stirring every so often.  The kale is ready when it has softened a bit, but still retains that bright green color.  Squeeze a little lemon juice on the  kale, and serve warm.

6 thoughts on “All Things Kale

  1. 6year old Thayer went back for 3rds!!! 12 yr old Oliver begrudgingly went back for 2nds…. None left for Daddy!
    Touch Down!!

  2. Kale is high in calcium; that’s good for old bones like mine.And it keeps growing in the garden despite gales of November sweeping over our gardens from nearby Lake Superior. Will plant again when snow melts and be ready to try your recipes when it grows again.

    • Hi Judith:
      So nice to hear from you and glad that you are already thinking about what to plant in your garden. There is no better way to get your vegetables than to plant your own. And kale is quite forgiving, isn’t it.
      Keep up the good work!

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