Ah, kale. Much like the beet, it can be either loved or hated. I'm still new to the whole kale trend. I definitely was not a fan at first, and I'm still coming around to this dark, bitter green, but I know how good it is for me, and I tend to come around more quickly to something I know that will be beneficial to my health.
Kale might be described as the superfood. Check out all the good things one little cup of kale has:
- 33 Calories
- 0.6 grams of Fat
- 0 Cholesterol
- 329mg of Potassium - helps heart, brain, kidney, and muscle tissue health
- 2.9g of Protein
- 10% Daily Calcium intake
- 206% Daily Vitamin A intake - strong eyes, vision, helps heart, lungs, and kidney function
- 134% Daily Vitamin C intake - antioxident nutrients
- 684% Daily Vitamin K intake - fights cancer risk
- High in Magnesium - helps prevent high blood pressure
- High in Iron - has more iron / calorie than beef AND without all the cholesterol
Basically everything good comes from kale. But how do you get around the bitterness if its not your cup of tea? Several ways.
Use it in smoothie ingredients.
Replace any dark leafy greens in other recipes with kale.
Chop it up super small and add it to pasta sauces.
Chop it up super small and add it to soups.
Chop it up super small and add it to curries.
Add a handful to basil or parsley you're using in a pesto.
OR, if you like it:
Kale chips are always popular - toss with a little lemon juice and spread flat on a cookie sheet, baking at 350 until crispy (curly leaf kale is best for this).
Kale wraps - cucumber, bell pepper, tomato and hummus wrapped up in a kale leaf.
Kale roll ups - kale stuffed with lentils, rice, quinoa, and onions, rolled up, covered in tomato sauce, and baked for 45 minutes.
Want a lasagne, but don't have an hour to make it? Make this soup! It tastes just like lasagne, but in the deliciousness of being a soup!
Looking for a warm and comforting soup on a cold and rainy evening? I LOVE this soup, its creamy and chunky, savory, and incredibly delicious!
This warm and filling bowl has a ton of good for you ingredients - kale, chickpeas, quinoa, carrots, turmeric and more. Its really easy and quick to put together - perfect for a weeknight dinner!
Here’s another great bowl to boost your immune system this winter! Loaded with kale, beets, mixed nuts, quinoa and a super tasty lemon hummus cilantro sauce! Its super quick to throw together if you make the quinoa ahead of time and use pre-cooked beets!
I loooooooooove soup! Here are my top ten favorite vegan soups to make this winter and spring!
Need a little pick me up from a cold winter? This winter greens soup is a great antioxidant boost to your day. It takes about 45 minutes to make, but most of that time is just letting the vegetables cook!
Ready for an immune system boost? This bowl is full of good things for you - protein packed quinoa, antioxidant full blueberries, crunchy almonds and carrots, super greens, and more! Its delicious in a bowl or wrapped up into a whole wheat tortilla! One bite and you’ll already feel like your immune system is in super power mode!
I love fall - the weather starts to cool down, the leaves change into magnificent reds, yellows, and oranges, apples, pumpkins, and butternut squash are in abundance, and soup is always on the menu. Here are my favorite 10 recipes to bring you into the changing of the seasons!
Hello, Fall! This is the perfect salad to bring you into the fall season and its great as a side or as a full entree - make it ahead of time and have it chilled or eat it just as it comes out of the oven!
January Taco Tuesdays continue! Its hard to find something better than a Breakfast Burrito, but these Breakfast Tacos give them a run for their deliciousness! Save some time and purchase pre-made pico de gallo and salsa verde and you’ll have these ready in no time!
Happy New Year everyone! There are some who say that eating beans on New Year's Day will bring good luck for the year ahead. So here is a super simple and quick bean soup you can whip up in under 30 minutes and enjoy the good fortune it may bring.
This salad is perfect to bring us into fall vegetables. It takes a little bit of preparation by roasting the butternut squash and cooking quinoa, but takes only a few minutes to toss together at the end. Sweet, tangy, and crunchy - this makes a perfect midweek salad!
This is my new favorite summer smoothie! Both cucumbers and melons are super high in water content replenishing fluids after a hot summer day. Whiz this up and have a tasty treat!
This smoothie is packed with ingredients that are just going to make you FEEL GOOD. Chia and pumpkin seeds for energy, flax seeds for good digestion, strawberries, apples, and beets for antioxidants, kale and spinach for calcium, and tart cherry juice for its anti-inflammatory properties.
This soup is super basic. A lot of my soups are based off of four or five ingredients and additions and spices here and there can make all new soups. Here I'm incorporating wild rice and rosemary to give this another flavor.
A yummy, crunchy, wintery salad for those sunny winter days. If you're making this ahead of time to serve or eat later, store the chickpeas separately or bake just before serving to keep them crispy.
Simple, refreshing, and quick to put together. Give this a go as your Thanksgiving Day Salad and palates will be primed for the rest of your meal!
Every ingredient in this green smoothie counts: pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, apples, pineapple, kale, spinach, and ginger. Its a crazy color, but don't let that put you off. Its delicious, super nutritious, and filling. Give it a go and I promise you won't regret it!
Most of my smoothies are green due to the amount of kale and spinach I put in them. This week I mixed it up a bit and made a pink smoothie with beets. It still has kale and spinach, but the intensity of the cooked beets really makes this smoothie a beauty! And it is QUITE delicious.