Flavors of the season: Kale
Kale wonderful Kale! I love kale and it is so versatile. Kale can be used in soups, salads and casseroles. But it is even great on it's own - simply sauteed with garlic and olive oil. MMM - MMM - Good!
Kale is also nutritious. According to Fruits and Veggies More Matters, Kale is an excellent source of Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Since flu season is starting early this year, the more Vitamin C you can get the better off you will be! Also, it is a good source of calcium and potassium. Potassium is critical if you workout often like I do. When you sweat, you actually lose potassium through your sweat! Replacing it is key since the mineral is needed for heart and digestive function.
Let's get on with it! Kale recipes are plentiful so I've collated a list of some of my favorite below. If you try any of them, let me know what you think. Follow my blog on Bloglovin.
Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta by Budget Bytes. This is so simple, fast and does not contain meat, so it is a perfect dinner for a meatless Monday. Getting dinner on the table in 30 minutes. Any type of pasta can be used. I'd try one of the bean pastas, like Banza, to increase the fiber in the recipe. Either way this kale recipe is sure to become a family favorite. Click here for the recipe.
Warm Balsamic Kale Salad by Pinch of Yum. Kale is in season during winter months making a warm salad a nice option for lunch. The salad contains mushrooms, peppers and onions that are sauteed with the kale. Then topped with a balsamic vinaigrette. I think a sprinkling of chopped dried fruits like cranberries or apricots would be a very nice topping addition. This salad is a healthy and meat-free lunch option. Click here for the recipe.
Baked Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Kale from SkinnyMs. The great thing about sweet potatoes is they don't spike your blood sugar as fast as white potatoes. Making them a more satisfying side dish or lunch option. Combining sweet potatoes with kale provides a unique way to incorporate kale into your diet. Click here for the recipe.
Lemon Pepper Chicken and Kale Stir-fry by Clean Food Crush. I had to incorporate a recipe with some meat! After all, I am flextarian so I eat meat at least 3 days a week. This stir-fry is on the table in 30 minutes, making it an easy recipe to incorporate into your weeknight dinner routine. Click here for the recipe.
White Bean and Kale Soup by Culinary Hill. I love trying to incorporate more beans into recipes. They are high in fiber and really help to keep you full. This recipe is simple since it uses canned beans. If you have the time, you can cook your own beans. But canned are a good option as long as you rinse them thoroughly which can reduce the sodium content by at least 1/3. Serve this soup with a crusty bread and a salad for another meat-less dinner option. Click here for the recipe.
As you can see, kale is so easy to work with in a variety of recipes. I hope this post inspires you to incorporate more kale into your life while it is in season. If you try any of the above, let me know! Happy Eating!