8 Delicious and Different Ways to Use Kale

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Kale and apple cake
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For those (few) of you who like dealing with numbers, here are your interesting stats for the day. A single cup of raw kale contains:

  • 206 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A,
  • a staggering 684 percent of the RDA of vitamin K,
  • and 134 percent of the RDA of vitamin C.

That, along with its wealth of other vitamins and minerals, justifies its rank as one of the best superfoods on the market. It’s one of the most densely nutritious vegetables available and, although its calorie content is barely existent, there’s no disputing it leaves you feeling full and satisfied after just one portion.

Knowing that it is nutritious for the body is great, but it doesn’t mean we know what to do with it. Is this rather intimidating vegetable meant to be cooked or eaten raw, whole or chopped up, as a salad or a side dish? The good news is that all of these options are both doable and delicious! Kale is an incredibly versatile ingredient that you will learn to love after reading through all the ways you can use it.

Here are eight delicious recipes made using kale, and they’re all cooked and eaten in totally different ways.

1

Kale Chips

Yes, we did say chips. These crispy bites of wholesome kale can be dressed with a variety of toppings and enjoyed salty, spicy, or just plain and tasty! Click here to learn how to bake your own kale chips, or head to your local supermarket as most now stock healthy, ready-made options.

2

Detox Soup

Think of this like your cold-pressed morning green juice, but better. You get all the nutrients from kale and other superfood veggies in this warming soup recipe.

Kale Detox Soup
Photo: Courtesy of DetoxDIY
3

Asian-Inspired Kale Salad

The key to the perfect salad is always the dressing, but it can either be a real health winner or a health disaster, so it’s best to make your own. Cookie + Kate has created a deliciously simple kale and edamame salad with an even better dressing that is super quick and easy to make.

4

Kale and Goats Cheese Pizza

Let’s be honest; any pizza is a good pizza, but this one is good for you too! Creamy goats cheese and nutritious, rich kale on a crusty pizza base? Yes, please! Click here to make it yourself. To incorporate kale into a tasty pizza base, try this recipe.

5

Kale and Quinoa Cakes

Gluten-free and vegan, these little gems are packed full of goodness. Top with a burger bun for the ultimate veggie burger.

6

Kale and Apple Cake

Move over dates and bananas; there’s a new contender in the ring. Gooey, indulgent, and full of goodness, this kale cake recipe is a game changer.

Kale Apple Cake
Photo: Courtesy of Veggie Desserts
7

Kale Breakfast Omelette

Omelettes are found on many a healthy breakfast table, but adding in some chopped kale takes them to a whole new level. This recipe from Jamie Oliver has a few other additions that make for a winning morning kick-start.

8

Kale Pesto

Basil is never going to go out of fashion, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment. Kale pesto packs more of a punch and its nutritional value far outweighs that of its other pesto friends. Click here for the perfect recipe to make your own.

Carly Rothman is the blogger behind LeanLivingGirl, a health and fitness website based in Dubai.

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