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What to do with Kale? I was gifted a big bag and am clueless.

abbynormalartistabbynormalartist Posts: 299Member Member Posts: 299Member Member
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My dad bought a couple of giant bags of kale on sale and gave one of them to me. I've never eaten kale beyond a few bits mixed in with a salad. I've surely never cooked with it. What do you suggest making with kale?
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  • karynclarkekarynclarke Posts: 184Member Member Posts: 184Member Member
    I treat it like spinach. I add it to pasta dishes (just throw it in the water while the pasta is boiling), or steam it and have it at as a side, or stuffed in chicken with cheese.

    Apparently, you can spritz it with spray oil, add some salt/pepper and pop it in the oven to make kale chips, but I've never tried that.
    edited May 29
  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Posts: 17,603Member Member Posts: 17,603Member Member
    I like massaged kale salad, wilting it in stir-fries or with pasta, potato-kale soup (chop it fine or even blend it), and in smoothies.
  • saragd012saragd012 Posts: 615Member Member Posts: 615Member Member
    I'll second the massaged kale salad. I find that it's also the perfect base for meal prep salads. It doesn't get wilty like most salad greens, so I can make a big batch on Sunday and eat it over 3-4 days without issue.
  • crazyravrcrazyravr Posts: 4,126Member Member Posts: 4,126Member Member
    My dad bought a couple of giant bags of kale on sale and gave one of them to me. I've never eaten kale beyond a few bits mixed in with a salad. I've surely never cooked with it. What do you suggest making with kale?

    You own the IP? If so do braised carrot and kale. I love it!!!
    Dice up an onion.
    Crush few garlic cloves (to your taste).
    Dice up couple large carrots.
    Cut up your kale.

    Saute onions and carrots, add in garlic and shut IP off.
    Add in kale until the safety line, 0.5cup of stock, salt and pepper and chili flakes to taste (1tbsp is what I like) with a dash of soya and fish sauce.
    Cover on and HP for 5min and NR.

    Amazing with some grilled meat (salmon).
  • nickssweetheartnickssweetheart Posts: 646Member Member Posts: 646Member Member
    I don't particularly care for it raw, but I love it in things like soup.

    This one is lovely and simple: Lemony Lentil and Greens
  • JennloellaJennloella Posts: 2,279Member Member Posts: 2,279Member Member
    I make juice with it! We buy so much of it now....
  • seltzermint555seltzermint555 Posts: 8,193Member Member Posts: 8,193Member Member
    http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2012/08/spicy-peanut-portobello-kale-rice-bowl.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+KathysBlogHealthyHappyLife+(Kathy%27s+Blog:+Healthy.+Happy.+Life.)&utm_content=Google+Reader

    Really good recipe. My husband's the main cook in our house but even I can do a pretty good job of this and I don't cook often.

    In case the link doesn't work I'm sure it can be found by searching "Spicy Peanut Portobello Kale Rice Bowl"
  • saunderslindseysaunderslindsey Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    I saute it with a little bit of olive oil, minced garlic, and crushed red pepper flakes until it starts to wilt some. It's so good!
  • lemongirlbclemongirlbc Posts: 86Member Member Posts: 86Member Member
    I freeze it and stick it in smoothies.
  • jgnatcajgnatca Posts: 13,687Member Member Posts: 13,687Member Member
    It’s like a tough spinach. If you have too much to enjoy right now you can chop it, blanch it, and freeze in ziplock bags. You can then use any recipe that calls for spinach.

    https://pin.it/elufsvutthglxi
  • joyjackiejoyjackie Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    I make it into a stew with lentils, bok choy,shiitake mushrooms , tomato sauce, garlic., some ground turmeric, chopped onions, freshly ground pepper. Sauté the vegetables in a bit of olive oil first. Add the sauce and cooked lentils at the end or else they break down. Exceedingly healthy.
  • crazyravrcrazyravr Posts: 4,126Member Member Posts: 4,126Member Member
    My dad bought a couple of giant bags of kale on sale and gave one of them to me. I've never eaten kale beyond a few bits mixed in with a salad. I've surely never cooked with it. What do you suggest making with kale?

    So? What did you make?
  • duskyjewelduskyjewel Posts: 146Member Member Posts: 146Member Member
    Here is the best vegetarian recipe I've ever made https://www.skinnytaste.com/mushroom-kale-lasagna-rolls/

    I also put it in soups, especially my copycat of Olive Garden's Zuppe Toscana.
    edited May 31
  • TheSunAndTheRainfallTheSunAndTheRainfall Posts: 41Member Member Posts: 41Member Member
    Stir fry, with garlic, chillies, noodles and sesame oil.
  • dajahshannondajahshannon Posts: 12Member Member Posts: 12Member Member
    Kale is so yummy, especially raw. But you can make all sorts of things like stir fry, chicken wraps with kale instead of lettuce, stuffed chicken breast, add it to different pastas, and of course it’s great in smoothies!
  • BlondeSlimDownBlondeSlimDown Posts: 29Member Member Posts: 29Member Member
    I make a soup with it. I do t have a real recipe just generally throw in kale, tofu, ground turkey, ginger in a miso broth. And you can add any other veggies in you want.
  • NinkasiNinkasi Posts: 83Member Member Posts: 83Member Member
    Tear the kale up, chop a red pepper into ~1 inch dice and cut about half a head of cauliflower into florets.

    Put it all in a large bowl, add a little bit of olive oil and mix it up so the oil is distributed among the vegetables. Sprinkle in salt, pepper, and as much cumin as you like then mix again.

    Put in a large flat dish, cover with foil, bake at 425 for about 30 minutes. Take the foil off, bake for another 10 - 15 minutes so vegetables get crispy around the edges. Awesome with a roasted chicken.
    edited June 3
  • strongerbythedaystrongerbytheday Posts: 48Member Member Posts: 48Member Member
    Kale Caesar salad!
  • ninjamere1ninjamere1 Posts: 40Member Member Posts: 40Member Member
    When I buy a big bag I like to roast it for chips. My favorite spices to use are cumin, cayenne and salt.

    It goes from soft to crisp fast so as soon as you can see it's browning a little check it more
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