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

abbynormalartistabbynormalartist Posts: 315Member Member Posts: 315Member 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?


  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Posts: 18,732Member Member Posts: 18,732Member 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: 700Member Member Posts: 700Member 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.
  • nickssweetheartnickssweetheart Posts: 904Member Member Posts: 904Member 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: 2,280Member Member Posts: 2,280Member Member
    I make juice with it! We buy so much of it now....
  • seltzermint555seltzermint555 Posts: 8,255Member Member Posts: 8,255Member Member

    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: 134Member Member Posts: 134Member Member
    I freeze it and stick it in smoothies.
  • jgnatcajgnatca Posts: 14,158Member Member Posts: 14,158Member 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.
  • joyjackiejoyjackie Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member 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: 4,857Member Member Posts: 4,857Member 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: 162Member Member Posts: 162Member Member
    Here is the best vegetarian recipe I've ever made

    I also put it in soups, especially my copycat of Olive Garden's Zuppe Toscana.
    edited May 31
  • TheSunAndTheRainfallTheSunAndTheRainfall Posts: 53Member Member Posts: 53Member 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: 138Member Member Posts: 138Member 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: 113Member Member Posts: 113Member 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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