13 Creative Ways To Eat Kale (And 8 Good Reasons You Should)

13 Creative Ways To Eat Kale (And 8 Good Reasons You Should) by: Kathy Bernier for Off The Grid News

Kale is everywhere these days — in the produce section of health food and big box stores, on the pages of foodie magazines and nutritional bulletins, and in all sorts of gardens.

But not everyone has jumped on the kale bandwagon. If you already enjoy kale but have run out of ideas for ways to eat it, or have been meaning to try kale but are not sure where to start, or even if you still need a little convincing, this article is for you.

13 Best Ways to Love Kale

1. Raw. Kale makes a great snack straight out of the garden. To make kale—or any vegetable, really—appeal to grazers, it helps to keep it accessible. Prepare kale ahead of time by cleaning, removing the tough stems, and cutting it into snack-size ribbons. Then store it in the refrigerator in a location that’s easy to reach in and grab a handful.

Raw kale also can be added to sandwiches instead of lettuce, used alone or with other greens in salads, and eaten in tacos and burritos.

2. Smoothies. Green smoothies are an excellent way for people who aren’t excited about vegetables to incorporate some leafy greens into their diets. Kale blends perfectly with many fruits such as peaches and oranges and berries for a tasty and healthful drink.

3. Chips. Pieces of mature kale leaves, some olive oil, a little salt, a hot oven, and shazam—a delicious, easy, inexpensive treat that even the kids will love!

4. Stir-fry. Kale leaves can be fried up with winter squashes or other vegetables, any kind of meat, or cashews, and served over rice or noodles.

5. Flash-cooked. Simple and fast, flash-cooking is a great way to enjoy kale. Just toss leaves into hot oil and seasonings in a heated pot until they soften to your liking. You can eat them as-is, or add soft cheese, tomatoes—either fresh or canned—or even a nut or seed butter such as tahini paste or peanut butter.

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