Kale

Kale is a leafy green of the brassica family, that has gotten quite a bit of attention for it’s health value.  Kale can be baked into “chips” added to smoothies, juiced, eaten raw as salad, or simply steamed.  Kale comes in several varieties, on the farm we grow curly green kale (pictured), Red Russian kale with deep purple stems, and lacinato or dinosaur kale with dark green bumpy leaves.  Kale is high in vitamins and minerals including, Vitamins K and C, beta carotene, and calcium.  The whole plant is edible, although the stem is often removed for cooking.


Storage

Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for a few days.


Preparation

Wash thoroughly using a salad spinner.  Remove thick stem, if cooking stem slice finely and add to pan before the leaves as the stem will take longer to cook.  Cut leaves into bite-size pieces, an easy way to do this is to stack on top of each other, roll into a bundle, and finely shred.  The leaves can be sautéed with garlic and olive oil, steamed or blanched, added to stir-fries, smoothies, juices, soups, or enjoyed raw in a salad.  When cooking kale a teaspoon or so of an acid like vinegar or lemon will help balance the bitterness.


Recipes

Rye, Sausage, & Kale Stuffing

Braised Kale with Tomatoes, Blue Cheese, & Pecans

Apple, Kale, Celery Salad

Peppers Stuffed with Greek Quinoa

Kale Greek Salad

Okonamiyaki – Japanese Vegetable Fritters

Cumin Scented Kale

Easy Fajitas with Cumin Scented Kale

Massaged Kale Salad with Grilled Peaches

Everything Bagel Kale Chips

Greenest Curry

Shamrock Smoothie

Turkey Kale Pho

Turkey, Kale, & Mushroom Risotto

 

Kale Macaroni and Cheese

Creamed Parsnips & Kale

Acorn Squash Rings with Kale Quinoa Pilaf

Hakurei Turnip, Beet, & Kale Medley with Hazelnuts

Apple Cider Braised Fennel & Kale

Vegetable Ramen

Grilled Kale Salad

Red Pepper & Potato Hash with Kale

Garlic Kale Pasta

Spicy Kale with Lemon

Kale Smoothie

Smoky Kale Salad

Red Fried Rice with Kale

 

Polenta Squares with Kale Pesto

Kale Pesto Salmon

Kale Pesto

How to Cook Greens Without a Recipe

Kale Slaw with Goat Cheese

Grilled Kale Ceasar Salad

Fall Flatbread

Vegetarian Fall Flatbread

Kale and Turnip Frittata

Greens with Ginger and Sesame Seeds

Kale Chips

Blanched Kale or Collards

Spicy Kale with Lemon


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