You'd have to have been visiting the now-demoted planet Pluto for the past year or so not to have heard some talk show, read some magazine or talk to some friend about it. I'm talking kale, the superfood du jour. We have good friends who love it so much, they offer kale chips up every time we come over. Folks swear by it, that it is so yummy and fabu for your insides, your skin, your mind. What exactly does kale have that's soooo great? Well, it is chock full of vitamins (K, A, C), a bazillion antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, and it packs a huge fiber punch. Me? I have yet to try it, munch on it very often, and when I have, it's always been in a salad. I think I need to serve it up a bit more...here's some recipes for us all to try!
Bobbi Brown's Coconut Kale Shake from DoctorOz.com
1 cup ice
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 scoops of chocolate protein powder
1/2 frozen organic banana
Handful of frozen organic cherries
1/2-1 cup kale, depending on personal taste
Add all ingredients to blender and blend for one minute until smooth. Pour and serve.
Whole Grain Spaghetti with Garlicky Kale and Tomatoes from RealSimple.com
6 ounces whole-grain spaghettii
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
kosher salt and black pepper
1 bunch of kale, thick stems removed and leaves torns into bite-size pieces (8 cups)
2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup chopped roasted almonds
1/4 cup grated pecorino (1 ounce), plus more for serving
Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve ¼ cup of the cooking water, drain the pasta, and return it to the pot. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the kale and cook, tossing frequently, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook, tossing frequently, until the tomatoes begin to soften, 1 to 2 minutes more. Add the kale mixture, almonds, pecorino, and reserved cooking water to the pasta and toss to combine. Serve with additional pecorino.
Breakfast Smoothie from Oprah.com
2 large kale leaves
1/3 cup skim milk
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup blackberries , plus more to taste
3/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
Rinse kale in cold water to make sure it's very clean. Blend kale and skim milk in a blender until finely ground. Add fresh berries, yogurt, orange juice and freshly ground flaxseed and blend until smooth. If more sweetness is desired, add additional blackberries.
Do you love kale? Share your best kale recipe!