Kale - 10 Wonderful recipes that'll convert you to the glorious green
We're huge fans of kale and that's a good thing - it's pretty good for you! Loaded with vitamin C, low in calories and packed with antioxidants, it's a powerhouse of nutrition, yet it's fibrous texture can often put people off eating it. Provided you know how to prepare it, and get the best out of it, it's simply delicious! We're here to convert you all to this glorious green with 10 amazing recipes that will leave you wondering why you never tried kale before!
Shredding kale is a great idea - it breaks up its fibrous texture and makes it easier to chew. This shredded kale salad is ideal for kale-newbies and is a gentle introduction to this glorious green! It's topped with a delicious, nutty pecan parmesan that's loaded with vitamin E and a heart-healthy olive oil, lemon and garlic dressing. Yum!
If you fancy trying kale in your smoothies, don't look any further than this fruity recipe from Oh She Glows. With potassium-packed bananas, a great source of B-vitamins for energy and vitamin C-loaded blueberries and kale, this recipe uses almond milk, so it's suitable for those avoiding dairy. It might not be the most appetising colour, but it's delicious and nutritious!
Pesto is not only a great sauce for pasta, it's also fantastic as a topping for fish or chicken - even as a sandwich spread for lunches! Making your own using kale rather than basil, you're getting all the raw goodness of kale, good fats from olive oil and vitamin E from the nuts. You could even use it as a salad dressing or swirled on top of veggie soup!
Finding a great vegan source of protein is vital if you're sticking to a diet that's free of animal products and these crispy quinoa cakes are packed with loads of protein, so they're perfect for a post-gym dinner - they're nut-free and gluten-free too! Packed with flavour from the sun-dried tomatoes, sweet potatoes, kale and herbs, these are perfect served with green salad or even some brown rice - or just enjoy them on their own! They keep in the fridge for up to 5-6 days too, perfect for lunches throughout the week!
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Spread on toast, home-made crackers, rice cakes or even as a dip for veggie sticks, this vegetarian pate is amazing! Salty feta, steamed curly kale and a hint of dill makes a delicious veggie pate that even meat-eaters will love.
Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best, and this roast kale dish brings out the vegetable's unique flavour - great as a starter or side dish to accompany some salmon or spicy chicken. The sesame oil adds bags of flavour and this has to be one of our favourite ways to prepare kale - thanks, Jamie Oliver!
Kale for breakfast anyone? Sure, why not! Start your day as you mean to go on with this healthy brekkie which contains 2 of your 5 a day and plenty of protein and vitamins A and C from the eggs and kale. We use full-fat mayo in the Hollandaise sauce but you could use low-fat if you like, or even make your own!
This spicy veggie soup has loads of protein and fibre from the lentils, to keep you feeling full - so it's a great work lunch option or light dinner after the gym. It's cheap to make too, loaded with veggies, antioxidants and vitamin C! With cumin, coriander, chilli and smoked paprika, it's packed with plenty of flavour too - even your meat-eating friends will love this recipe!
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A frittata, or an omelette that's finished off in the oven, is a great option for a healthy breakfast, brunch, light lunch or dinner, and adding braised kale and cherry tomatoes plus some cheese and herbs ensures your eggs will have plenty of flavour. Eggs are a great food to include in your diet as the protein they contain will leave you feeling fuller for longer!
Butternut squash is a great source of vitamin A and its sweet flavour complements kale really well. We love the creamy, Thai-style peanut butter dressing which turns this salad into something special - one of our favourite ways to serve kale!