I have not always loved kale. I actually don’t remember growing up eating it at all. Not even sure when the first time I tried it was. I am guessing maybe 5 or 6 years ago when I first got interested in raw foods. Prior to that I was a vegetarian but I still don’t think I was eating kale then. Somehow kale and raw food just seem to go together so well.
Last summer I joined a CSA (Community Shared Agriculture). This is basically where you pay a flat fee and then each week you get to pick up a box of luscious vegetables and fruits from a local farmer. Our bin was fabulous and the great thing was that there was an endless supply of kale. You could take how much you wanted. Seriously I remember my husband coming home some days with what seemed like too much kale to fit in the fridge. But you know what we always used it. There are so many ways that you can use it and that is the fun part. Being creative with it.
You can make kale smoothies. My favourite green smoothie includes kale, green apples and lemons. This tastes like green lemonade. You can juice it and get this gorgeous dark green liquid that you just know is going to give you some serious energy.
You can make a kale salad with almonds and dried fruits or mix it with avocado. This salad had tomatoes and sunflower cheese.
Oh and of course I can not forget the all popular kale chips that are so yummy and totally addictive. I can never get a picture taken before half of them are eaten!
You can also make a kale pesto which is really a great way to include it on more dishes. The pesto can be put on cucumber slices, raw crackers and pasta or mixed with red peppers. Whatever way you choose to use it really is yummy .
To make a kale pesto wash the kale and then blend in a food processor with olive oil, garlic and a nut or seed of your choice. I used pistachio nuts in mine, just because that is what I had at home. Once it is blended into a sauce place in the fridge in an airtight container. Add salt, pepper and seasoning to taste. I added a squeeze of lemon to mine.
Kale packs a nutritional punch in so many ways. It is a cruciferous vegetable which means it is valued for it’s anti cancer properties. It contains vitamin A, C, K to name a few. It is a source of folate, calcium and protein. It also contains 121 mg of omega 3’s per cup. (Source Nutritional Data).
So if you have been afraid of this deep dark leafy vegetable, don’t be. And if you are not even sure what it looks like or can’t find it in your store, just ask around and someone will lead you to it.
How do you enjoy your kale? I would love to hear how you are using kale in the kitchen?