Real Food Tips: 5 Ways to (Easily) Eat More Kale

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If you want to eat local foods in the winter then you better figure out how to eat some big leafy greens like kale. Not to mention kale is packed with all sorts of good stuff for your body so if you can learn to enjoy this veggie then it’s a win-win for everyone. :) Also just like apples, wheat and other whole foods there are many different varieties – and therefore flavors – of kale available. We recently picked up some “dinosaur kale” at our farmers’ market because with a name like that who wouldn’t want to at least try it?

It’s taken me a while, but I’ve finally figured out a few ways that our family can easily “eat more kale”….

  1. Eggs.
    Puree kale into an egg dish like scrambled eggs, mini egg casseroles, quiche or egg soufflé. You could also use sautéed kale instead of a layer of meat on your Eggs Benedict this weekend. My husband says he might even like eggs better with kale than without. I am not sure I exactly agree with him on that, but the kale/egg combo is surprisingly good.
    Green Eggs Recipe
  2. Salads.
    I actually need to thank some of my blog readers for telling me that you could just eat kale raw in a salad. For a while I had the impression that kale had to be cooked. I will say though if you’re somewhat new to kale it could be overkill to just sit down to a big bowl of it so we started out by just mixing in a little bit of kale with our regular salad greens. The first night we tried this my husband declared, “The kids are NOT going to like this” but I said, “Just don’t say anything and see what happens.” Sure enough they ate it without even noticing the new, darker greens in the mix. (FYI – My kids did not always eat salad…it took a lot of repeated exposure before our 4-year-old learned it would be a “dinner norm” around here.) And I am also not a huge salad person myself so adding just a little bit to our standard lettuce was a good compromise for everyone.
    Hint: Remove the center ribs from the kale before eating it raw.
    Salad Recipes
  3. Pesto.
    I don’t know about you, but our family LOVES some pesto. It’s great on everything from pasta to pizza to caprese salad to panini sandwiches. I’ve discovered that if you replace half the basil with kale in your pesto recipe that you can hardly even tell the difference!
    Pesto Recipe
    Pizza Recipe
  4. Smoothies.
    I’ve been adding a handful of spinach to our smoothies for a while, which doesn’t necessarily turn our smoothies “green” but instead just adds a veggie without altering the flavor very much. So I finally took the plunge and added a handful of kale instead, and I have to say…not bad. Now I actually kind of like raw spinach so I can’t say I like our smoothies with the kale just as much, but almost as much.
    Smoothie Recipe
  5. Kale Chips.
    Most of you have probably heard of these by now, but if you haven’t you are missing out. If you can manage to cook them just right this is another tasty way to “enjoy” kale!
    Kale Chips Recipe

Please share how you like to eat Kale (and what varieties you prefer) in the comments below!

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110 comments to Real Food Tips: 5 Ways to (Easily) Eat More Kale

  • Cindy

    I use kale as a substitute for broccoli in Asian and other dishes. You can use the stems, just chop up the whole thing into little pieces. We can’t tell the difference in taste, it just looks different than broccoli and holds its flavor better. Since we eat a lot of Asian food we eat a lot of Kale this way. I also love the kale chips; my favorite way to do them is with coconut oil. Can’t imagine liking kale and eggs as much as eggs with other types of veggies and mushrooms, but the kale soup (done like cream of broccoli) seems like a top idea. I’ll try that for sure. Yumm!!

  • Jill

    One of our favorite family salads is a kale salad with cashews, raisins, sunflower seeds, edamame, grated carrots, blueberries, and onions. I use a vinegar and oil dressing sweetened with honey. I am always asked for the recipe.

  • Michele N

    I sauté a handful of baby kale in olive oil til wilted & add 2 beaten eggs & then some cheese (goat cheese in delicious with the kale) for a delicious omelet.

  • Leslie

    My kids are of the “if we grow it, we will eat it” variety. They didn’t used to like kale, but the minute it came up in the garden my 5 year old son was asking me if he was “allowed” to pick some leaves to much on! Same has been true for my daughter with tomatoes. We chop kale pretty fine and mix with black beans, sweet potatoes, red peppers for enchiladas, burritos, etc. PS- This summer we discovered that broccoli leaves make excellent chips just like kale chips.

  • Liesel

    It used to be kale chips, but hands down my husband and son gobble up Kale-Potato Tacos! I dice red potatoes and cook in a bit of olive oil until almost done then add the kale and let it get a little crispy. (Sometimes I will also include carrots and/or celery. What ever is available.) The kale only takes about a minute or so (it’s chopped) then I put the tortillas on top to slightly steam the kale then fill. Sometimes add cheese, or sometimes go vegan. Top with tomatoes if available or not. It really does stand up all by itself, but suite your tastes with cilantro dressing or not. I find you don’t need to add much other than a quick grind of salt and pepper to taste. Best part – It’s super quick and one pan to clean!

  • I use kale in place of spinach all the time. It’s amazing in spanakopita, puréed with spices in an Indian curry, and chopped up in winter soups.

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