This superfood is known for its health benefits and there has been recipes everywhere so that you can incorporate this leafy goodness into your meals. The first time I tried Kale, I actually didn’t like it. It is quite dry (think raw broccoli) and has a semi weird smell. However, it is relatively cheap vegetable (4.99 at Publix for 16 oz) and easy to mix to create yummy dishes. Here are my favorite ways to eat/drink Kale:
- In a salad! Sounds pretty obvious but if you mix some chopped leaves with raw spinach or spring mix, kale is pretty undetectable. Recommended dressings: ranch is good if your a fan but if you want more marinated kale let it sit in vinegar and oil dressing before serving.
- In a smoothie! This is the best way to eat kale if you want the benefits without the taste. Just throw in as much as desired into your smoothie then blend well. My favorite smoothie recipe with kale (that makes the most beautiful color):
1/2 cup of ice
1 cup of almond milk (I like unsweetened with vanilla)
1/2 a cup of frozen mixed berries
1 cup of kale
16 o.z. bag of kale
1 cup of oil (I used vegetable but olive or others would work)
2 tablespoons of spice (I used Central BBQ Rib Dry Rub here is a recipe for it, or garlic powder/salt, lemon and pepper seasoning, etc)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put half of the bag of kale in a large mixing bowl. Pour 1/2 cup of oil (use more if desired) onto kale. Coat evenly by stirring and mixing with hands. Let it sit for 5 minutes to let kale marinate. Stir again before placing kale on 13 x 9 cookie tray (place evenly but don’t worry about piling the kale it will shrink). Sprinkle/dust seasoning (anything in your spice cabinet should work) and bake for 15 minutes. Take out of the oven, let cool then repeat with the next half of the bag of kale.
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