This article was republished with permission from Fitness Republic.
Kale is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, and if you haven’t tried it yet you are missing out on a vast array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. A kale salad may be the most common way to eat this leafy green, but there is so much more you can do with kale!
If you want an easy way to prepare kale, look no further than our Basic Sauteed Kale recipe. The natural flavor of kale is enhanced with garlic and red wine vinegar. Sauteeing in olive oil quickly breaks down the tougher fibers found in kale, and this dish takes less than ten minutes from start to finish. A great way to get acquainted with kale.
Transform your ordinary pasta by turning it into a tasty and nutritious meal. Whole-Grain Spaghetti with Kale and Tomatoes features a bevy of healthy ingredients. Whole grain pasta, olive oil, garlic, kale, tomatoes and almonds make this a perfect dish for Meatless Monday – or any other night of the week.
Here is another brilliant way to incorporate kale into your family’s favorite pasta dish — replace ordinary pesto with Cilantro Kale Pesto. This innovative take on a traditional pesto sauce can be used on so much more than just pasta. Add it to grilled chicken, shrimp, or vegetables, or mix it in with rice.
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So many pasta dishes, so many ways to use kale! Butternut Squash and Kale Lasagna is a great way to add more beneficial vegetables to one of your favorite dishes. This delectable lasagna is sure to transform even the biggest veggie hater into a full fledged kale fan. If you have a partner or kids who won’t eat their veggies, they are sure to eat this.
What do you do when you have cooked too much kale? You save the leftovers and turn it into soft tacos, of course. This inspired recipe for Leftover Kale Soft Tacos is a perfect vegetarian meal that you can get on the table quickly any night of the week. Mushrooms add a meaty texture while cilantro and jalapenos will give your kale tacos a Southwest kick.
Have you tried adding greens to your smoothies yet? If you are ready to get the amazing nutritional benefits of kale in a convenient and tasty beverage, then this Kale Coconut Smoothie recipe is the place to start. Combining kale with tropical ingredients like mango, pineapple, coconut and coconut water will get your taste buds singing and your energy soaring.
Kale and coconut pair up again, this time to make a spectacular side dish featuring unsweetened coconut flakes, kale, and curry powder. The flavors of curry, lime, coconut, and garlic will stand up to kale’s strong flavor and texture. Curried Kale with Coconut will transport your tastebuds to an exotic location. At 169 calories per serving, it may transport you to a smaller pair of jeans, as well!
When you are craving a warm and hearty dish, this Pork, White Bean and Kale Soup recipe will really hit the spot. This soup can be prepared and on the kitchen table in less than 30 minutes, but it will taste like it spent all day simmering on the stove top. Lean pork tenderloin make this dish hearty and filling, while kale, white beans, and tomatoes provide plenty of fiber, antioxidants, and B vitamins.
Turn pizza night into a healthy greens party with this recipe for Kale and Cheddar Flatbread. You can find pizza dough pre-made in the freezer section of your local market, or you can make your own with our Rosemary and Garlic Basic Pizza Dough recipe. Olive oil, tomatoes, kale and cheddar will satisfy your craving for something cheesy, with the added benefits of leafy green kale.
Who knew that kale could be a dessert! These refreshing Grape, Green Apple & Kale pops are the perfect frozen treat to end a hot day. This tart concoction is like a frozen green smoothie. Throw grapes, apple, kale and banana in a blender, pour through a fine-mesh strainer, then freeze. How easy was that?
Health Benefits of Kale
Kale is a member of the brassica family, related to broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and cabbage. Kale offers a tremendous amount of beneficial nutrients in every serving. A single cup of raw kale provides 684% RDA vitamin K, 134% RDA vitamin C, and 206% RDA vitamin A (as beta carotene).
Kale is a low calorie, low-carb, high fiber food that is perfect for any diet: Paleo, low-carb, vegan, clean eating, and more.
Kale is rich in antioxidants like quercetin, vitamin C, lutein, and beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A.
The benefits of kale extend beyond its low-calorie count. The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in kale are needed for your body to function at its best. Eating kale is a great way to get the essential nutrients you need to feel great inside and out. Which kale recipe are you most eager to try?
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