Kale may soon be Vermont’s state vegetable.
Kale is one of my favorite veggies, and I’m cheering for it. I’d rather have people eat more kale instead of more processed Chik-Fil-A chicken. Just my opinion, but I don’t think “Eat More Kale” and “Eat Mor Chikin” are conflicting messages.
Kale is the “queen of greens.” It packs a nutritional punch, and it’s not just hippie food. It’s quite delicious when you learn how to cook it. Even my salad-hating sister devours kale chips.
Kale is a cruciferous veggie, along with broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts to name a few. These veggies are known for their cancer-protective activities by activating enzymes in the liver to “detox” your body. You don’t need a juice cleanse – your body has its own detoxifying abilities. Kale is just one food to support it.
Kale is also an excellent source of vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting. It’s also packed with vitamin C, potassium, calcium, carotenoids, folic acid, and antioxidants. These antioxidants help your body fight inflammation, which is at the root at most chronic diseases.
It’s easy to find kale. There are numerous varieties, including curly, leafy dark green ones to a purple version. Look around at your local farmer’s market (it can be found most of the year) or your supermarkets. You can even get it frozen to throw in stir-fries or other dishes.
The problem is that most people have no idea what to do with it.
If it’s your first time trying kale, don’t try to make a salad out of it. It’s a bitter green, and it’s best cooked. Start off with kale chips. They’re easy, delicious, and even crunchy like real chips.
Start by rinsing your kale off, then chop the leaves off the stems, which is the bitter part.
Chop or rip the leaves into medium-size portions, then melt coconut oil or olive oil on top.
Throw on whatever spices you want (sea salt & pepper is simple), and mix the oil and spices around. Roast for 10-15 minutes at 350 F until crispy.
Other spices you can use are chili powder, paprika, cumin, curry, or miso maple lemon. Get creative and mix & match.
Just a note: roast the whole bunch. It may look like a lot, but roasting dries them out into a baking pan of crunchy chips. It’s the easiest way to eat a bunch of kale at one time.
After giving kale chips or any other of these recipes a try, you may be as crazy for kale as I am. I left some kale chips out for Santa this year, and lucky for me, he dropped an “Eat More Kale” shirt in my stocking . Share your love for King Kale by buying a shirt and start to spread the word about this nutrient-dense, often-ignored veggie.
What’s your favorite way to eat kale?