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How do you eat this? I have seen it "fresh" and canned. Do you put it in a salad or cook it? I think I could eat it in a salad but I am trying to figure out how to get my kids to eat it!
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Kale is a tough skinned green vegie and really needs to be cooked. I like to chop it up and add it to soups.
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In addition to soups, I use it in quiches. I also like it cooked with beans (say, cannelini), onions and garlic then seasoned with salt, pepper and balsalmic vinegar. This is good on its own or over pasta.

Steamed is good in omelets, too.
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I put little bits into our salads, and my kids eat it raw out in the garden. If it is really fresh it can be tender, except for the stalks. I like it steamed, sauteed, in soups, in scrambles, etc. My favorite way to cook it is to saute it (with a little water in the pan) with garlic, olive oil and tamari. Yum.
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Hi!
I made a New Year's Resolution to eat more dark leafy greens on a regular basis. Kale is definitely one of my favs! I usually cut the stems out of the big pieces of kale as I've heard they are kinda bitter. Then I saute up some fresh chopped garlic in some olive oil, then add the kale (after I've chopped it) and toss it around to coat. I let it cook on medium heat for about 2-3 min, then add about a 1/2 cup of veggie stock to the pan and cover it. I cook until fairly tender, then add sea salt, freshly ground pepper, and a little bit of nutmeg (freshly grated if you have it). It is *so* yummy even my DH who hates most vegetables actually requests it!

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I like to make a big mess o' steamed kale and top it with some canned baked beans--the sauce in the beans is delicious with kale.

Kale is also yummy heaped on a slice of crusty bread with a little olive oil drizzled on top.

And finally, there's this salad that one of the vendors at my local farmers' market told me about. Sounds weird, but actually tasty. Steam a bunch of kale; while kale is steaming, toast a tablespoon or so of sesame seeds. When the kale is done, transfer to a plate, top with a sliced banana and the sesame seeds. You'll be amazed at how good these flavors are together!
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We make it in a pot with garlic like celestialdrmrmama does, but we also add vegetarian sausage in crumbled and cook until the sausage is browned. We also make a small pot of black-eyed peas with onions and garlic and eat them all together, YUM!!!!

We like it best with mixed braising greens, so kale and mustard greens, and baby collards, etc. At Whole Foods you can buy fresh mixed braising greens which are all good together. For a tangier flavor, make mustard greens alone this way - so tasty! But they shrink down so you need a few bunches.

One way your kids might really like is potato-kale soup.

5 cups water
3-4 potatoes diced
2-3 cups of kale chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
LOTS of garlic cloves (8-10)

Boil and simmer for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are soft. Then into the blender until smooth! Serve with salt and pepper and about a TB of olive oil on top of the soup. Along with toast!

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I absolutely love love love kale. My sister thinks I am nuts . I could eat it everyday. My favorite way is to saute it with a little oil. I sometimes add whatever I have either all together or just one item. Tomatoes, homemade salsa, garbonzo beans, sausage. It is great in soups too. Just add in last ten minutes of cooking. When cooking kale it should stay bright green and not turn gray or you cooked it too long. Toss some cumin on it and maybe a dash of balsamic vinegar and you have a meal!!
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I work at my local food co-op and our deli makes the BEST kale dish. It's very popular, and one of my personal favorites. I love it so much I had to ask for the recipe. Here it is.

Emerald Sesame Kale

2T toasted sesame oil
2T toasted sesame seeds
1T garlic, minced
1T tamari
1T rice vinegar
1 bunch green kale

Tear kale into bite sized pieces, boil till tender (don't overcook). Saute the sesame oil,garlic and sesame seeds together. Combine rice vinegar and tamari in bowl, add sauted mixture and mix together. Gently squeeze the excess water from the kale and mix with the sauce. The deli serves this cold.
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I boil 2-3 bunches kale in salty water for 8 minutes. Then I sautee it in a frying pan with olive oil and garlic. I season it with cayenne pepper and serve it with cornbread. It's awesome! Sometimes I sautee it with yellow and red bell peppers, and it's super-colorful and flavorful.
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Steam it and put some sharp cheddar n it. A little bit of salt, pepper, white pepper.
I put it in a cajun soup that is my absolute fav.
kale quiche.

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There are different types of kale and some require longer cooking times than others. We have kale several times a week for breakfast. I use dino kale most of the time tho sometimes I use purple curly kale. A tasty way to have it is to melt some coconut oil in a large pot, add some sliced leeks and saute till soft, add a bunch of chopped washed kale and turn heat down and cover, ready in a few mins. Top it with gomasio and enjoy.
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These all look like yummy recipes. The one I really like is sauteed kale with sliced onions and apples. The sweetness of the apples works well with the strong kale.
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Red russian and dinosaur kale are my favorites. Ooo, I haven't tried it with apples!
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I put it in a cajun soup that is my absolute fav.
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I made some kale last night in a recipe i found on whole foods website for barley risotto with kale. It was awesome. My dh also likes it in this soup he gets at the olive garden. It is a potato soup.
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somebody wrote in w/ a letter in response to the article in mothering about greens, and the recipe she wrote in with is amazing- its my new favorite!

you wash and chop the kale (any kind, leave in stems or take them out), and squeeze a couple lemons over them, add some oil, salt and pepper, and them rub the marinade into the leaves and let sit for 15 minutes or a couple hours (or more). the lemon kind of "cooks" the kale, making it more tender, and it is DELISH. mmmm

also, i like to steam the kale, and make a dressing with tamari, sesame seeds, water, and a little rice vinegar (blended until smooth), then i add the kale into the blender, and blend until the kale is chopped super super fine, then you mix it into rice or quinoa or whatever. the sesame dressing makes it so good!

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Kale juice is also pretty good -- it blends surprisingly well with other vegetable juices.
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Thanks for the ideas. I bought some kale after reading the mothering article and hadn't cooked it. I cooked it today in the coconut oil and with leeks, which I was also doing for the first time, and it was great. I also kept the stem to juice, which I probably wouldn't have thought of and I hate to waste so that will be great when I do some carrot juice later.


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My family's fave kale dish is this:

Saute onions, garlic and mushrooms in oil or ghee for a few minutes (until soft), then add a bunch of finely chopped or sliced kale. Put the lid on and let it steam, adding water if needed and braggs or tamari for seasoning. When it is beautifully bright green, pour in about 6 or more beaten eggs and let that cook slowly (I like to do this in my cast-iron) until the eggs are set and fully cooked, and voila! Serve with bread or tortillas. DEE-LISH!
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I cook it with diced potatoes and vegetable broth, sometimes I frie some smoked sausage,diced and let it simmer with the kale.

Too bad kale is more expensive than ground pork
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steam it and grate some raw white cheddar on top, adn a little sea salt

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