Wanting to work more kale into your diet? Check out these healthy kale recipes!
As if you needed another reason to eat more kale, a recent study found that green veggies like kale that are rich in carotenoids can help boost your mood. On top of those mood-boosting carotenoids, kale is rich in fiber, iron, and vitamins A, C, and K. It’s also got a healthy dose of minerals like copper, magnesium, and calcium.
All of that, and it’s pretty darn delicious! You can eat your kale cooked or raw. While raw kale might sound a little off-putting, when folks talk about raw greens, they don’t mean gnawing them straight out of the produce drawer. The most common ways to prepare raw kale are to toss a few leaves (ribs removed) into a green smoothie or massage them with a marinade and letting the leaves soften and wilt.
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1. Ginger-Sesame Kale – This is a family favorite at my house. You can eat it hot as a side dish or chill and enjoy it as a salad.
2. Kale Chips – Kale chips are super popular right now, and the store-bought ones can be very pricey. Instead of ponying up $7 for a small bag at the store, whip up your own for much less!
3. Kale Salad – Remember the raw, massaged kale I mentioned? This recipe is a perfect example of how delicious raw kale can be!
5. Coconut Miso Chickpeas with Kale – You can eat this protein-packed dish as a main course or a side.
6. Potato Soup with Kale and Mushrooms – This hearty soup is perfect for a chilly winter evening.
7. Kale and Apple Salad – Another great raw kale recipe from an EDB reader!
8. Tofu Lemongrass Soup with Kale – This soup is a spin on a classic Thai soup. The kale makes this dish a little more filling and adds a nutrient boost.
9. Dilled Kale, Beets, and Tofu over Mashed Potatoes – A mashed potato bowl is one of my favorite quickie lunches. This version stars kale and plenty of fresh dill!
10. Lucky Greens and Blackeyed Peas – This Southern classic usually uses collard greens, but you can just as easily throw in kale instead.
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