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What to do with kale?

I decided to take a challenge: http://www.wellness-project.net/2012/06/04/eat-your-veggies-its-nat...

Now I committed myself to trying new vegetables so now I have a huge head of kale sitting in my fridge and don't know how to deal with it. Does anyone have a brilliant way of cooking kale?

Also, I keep reading about kale chips... is this something people are making or buying pre-made? I'm intrigued.

Thanks in advance, kids ;)

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I make kale chips - and so does everyone else I know who eats them. They're super easy. I rip the leaves off the stems and discard those (though I guess I should save them for a soup or something).

Dump the leaves into a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and anything else you want to add. I especially like them with oil, vinegar, and nutritional yeast. Then use your hands to rub the oil and stuff all the way into the curls of the leaves so they're all the way coated. I put them on sprayed aluminum foil on a cookie sheet in a single layer for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Check 10 minutes in and mix them around a bit on the pan, otherwise the ones at the edge of the pan might scorch. They should be brittle but not blackened.

  • jessisamess commented Jun 24th 2012:

    Ooh great, thanks, Jake - I was hoping this was something I could make :) I'll try this tomorrow, for sure!

  • Eric I commented Jul 9th 2012:

    I make kale chips, in huge batches at least 3 times a month. I even do flavors, using mesquite seasonings or chili powder to give it some kick. I used to do cheddar ones, but not since I changed the way I eat.

  • Eric I commented Jul 9th 2012:

    oh, i do an asian flavored one as well - rather than olive oil, i use sesame oil, ginger, coriander and sea salt.

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Here's an African approach to kale, and it's dellicious!

What you need to feed 4 hungry 4hourPeeps:

1 onion

3 tablespoons oil

500g kale (chopped)

½ cup vegetable broth

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

1 garlic clove

1 hot pepper

Salt and pepper

2 tablespoons peanut butter

Peel the onions and sweat them in hot oil. Add the kale, sweat it and deglaze it with the broth.

Adjust the cooking time to your personal liking, I prefer not too long so there's some crunch left.

Peel the garlic, chop together with the pepper and add it along the other spices.

Add the peanut butter shortly before you take it off the stove and mix it in - there you go!

I guess you could serve this very smoothly with some meat on the side for the protein.

Hope you like it!

  • rodtrueofabby commented Jun 24th 2012:

    That sounds so good!!!!

  • jessisamess commented Jun 25th 2012:

    Wow! Can't wait to try this one!

  • Icandoit commented Jun 26th 2012:

    Sounds amazing! I'm going to try this. I always make the same old sesame kale sauteed in olive oil - this sounds like a great alternative.

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ok seriously - this recipe is sooo good, I highly recommend it.

Esalen Kale Salad

The simple kale salad dressing features three key ingredients: tamari soy sauce, lemon juice and olive oil. This dressing marinates the kale and breaks down the tough and slightly bitter vegetable. Like lemon juice in ceviche the dressing transforms the kale almost like cooking while maintaining the crunchy integrity of the leaves. Toasted sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds give the salad additional texture and crunch, while only taking fifteen minutes to prepare.

⅓ cup Bragg Liquid Aminos or tamari soy sauce

⅓ cup lemon juice

⅓ cup flax seed oil or extra-virgin olive oil

½ medium red onion

¼ cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup pumpkin seeds

¼ cup sesame seeds

1 pound fresh kale

½ cup sunflower sprouts

½ cup alfalfa sprouts

1 avocado diced (optional - but will go bad faster if added)

serves: 4-6 (stays good for several days)

prep time: 35 minutes

Combine the Bragg or soy sauce and lemon juice in a blender or whisk in a bowl. Slowly dribble in the oil as the blender turns or as you whisk vigorously. Slice the onion into half moons and marinate in the dressing as you prepare the rest of the salad.

Toast the seeds in a heavy bottomed pan (cast-iron is the best) over medium heat until seeds are just golden and fragrant. Toast each seed type separately as their size requires varying roasting times. Cool to room temperature.

De stem the kale. Slice kale leaves into ¼ inch ribbons (very important!)

Toss the seeds, spouts, and kale with the onions, and as much dressing as necessary to lightly but complete

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I eat Kale almost every day. Sometimes I steam a bunch of it and keep it in the fridge and warm it up as I cook my eggs in the morning. Other times, I sauté it with garlic and mushrooms in olive oil.I like it better that spinach at this point. Kids will eat it with anything.

  • jessisamess commented Jul 3rd 2012:

    Will try with eggs this week, thanks!

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I like to use it in breakfast omlettes. First I fry some bacon, then I add kale and chopped onions and garlic to some of the remaining bacon fat (too much and I just feel gross, so i pour off about 80% of it), along with the crumbled bacon, sautee until the kale is nice and wilted, set it aside and put it in the omlette.

  • jessisamess commented Jul 3rd 2012:

    As stated above - I will certainly try this with eggs. Not a bacon lover **GASP**, but I'll work with it :)

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I just finished lunch and had kale in my salad. Here was my salad.

Romane Lettuce

1 large kale leaf, stripped from the stem and cut into small pieces

handfull of spinach

5 oz of salmon (from dinner two nights ago) flaked

1/2 cup black beans (large container in the fridge lasts me the week)

tomato

cucumber

a sprinkle of parmesan

a dash of montreal steak spice

olive oil

Toss it all together, so yummy!!!!

I've made kale chips too. You have to be carefull with the oil, they can easily get saturated and don't taste as good. I cook mine on low heat at 250*F for 1 hour. Dash of paresan on them is really nice.

A lot of people make smoothies with kale in it, but most smoothies are not SCD complient as they have fruit in them as well as yogurt.

  • jessisamess commented Jul 3rd 2012:

    Thanks !! I was thinking of making a green smoothie soon for a cheat day. I can always tell when I hit ketosis, as I start craving green apples. Weird, no? :D

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I second the Kale chip suggestion! Cut up a bunch of leaves without stems, and toss them with a light amount of olive oil and salt. (REALLY be careful with the salt. It takes much less than you would think.)Bake them until they are a consistency you like... Sometimes I like them really brittle, so I cook for longer. Sometimes chewy, and cook them for less times. I also have tried with macadamia oil, but like the olive oil flavour much more!

I find that I don't even need to coat the pan, because the olive oil stops them from sticking. I also don't use any nutritional yeast, just kale and oil (or vinegar with a bit of oil). Make sure they are not overlapping eachother, or else they will just be hot, soggy pieces of kale... yuck.

Another yummy alteration, try tossing them in vinegar and sprinkling salt after they have been layed on the pan. Tastes like salt and vinegar chips!

sooo yummy. and totally guilt free (as long as your not loading them up with sodium!)

Enjoy! :D

  • jessisamess commented Jul 6th 2012:

    :) Thanks for the tips. I love vinegar, so I'll definitely add that in!!

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This is by no means a brilliant way to eat kale, but I recently noticed baby kale in the packages salad section of the store. I have been buying that and using in my salad. It's much easier to eat raw than regular kale. Although I have not made kale chips yet, I think these would work well and it would not be require to rip/shred the leaves first.

  • wombat commented Jun 26th 2012:

    I love baby Kale- great in salads (I do half and half with spinach) and also sauteed. I think it might be too soft for kale chips.

  • jessisamess commented Jul 2nd 2012:

    hmm I haven't seen baby kale here in Hungary yet, but I'll definitely keep an eye out - thanks for the great idea :)

  • Eric I commented Jul 9th 2012:

    I'm also a big fan of Kale for salad greens. I like the bitterness of it. But the baby kales is a tad less bitter, which works better for those that don't like it.

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