If you do a quick google search on “healthiest foods to eat,” kale will appear on every single list. Why is Kale good for you? Kale contains high amounts of Vitamin A, C, and K. It also contains high amounts of iron, fiber, and manganese. Also, a cup of Kale contains less than 40 calories. And the cherry on top is that it can cure blindness!! Okay, it’s not a miracle food, but it’s still pretty darn good for you. But how do you incorporate Kale into your everyday diet?
For me, I do two things with Kale. One is incredibly simple and requires zero culinary skills. The other requires you to know how to use an oven, so I guess that would require one culinary skill.
For the first “recipe:” (Saying this is a “recipe” is like saying changing a lightbulb is a major home repair job)
One bag of Kale.
One medium sized plastic container (that can hold at least one cup of Kale in it)
Any salad dressing you think would go well with Kale
Any toppings you think would go well with Kale (tomatoes, cheese, croutons, avocado, etc.)
Place one cup of Kale into the plastic container. Then, pour dressing into plastic container and shake well. Place the plastic container in the fridge and let it sit for about 30 minutes (longer is fine. As I’m writing this article, I have just realized I left a kale salad in the fridge since this morning). Take the Kale salad out, add toppings, and enjoy.
The second recipe is for Kale chips. You will need:
One bag of kale
Non-stick parchment paper
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place a sheet of parchment paper onto the pan. Put a cup of kale onto the pan, and make sure the kale is spread out as much as possible. You may have to use less than one cup. Drizzle the olive oil onto the Kale, but do not use too much oil. Sprinkle the sea-salt onto the kale. No more than three pinches of salt. Place the pan into the oven and set a timer for 19 minutes. (Why 19 minutes, you might ask? Because I said so. I’m the writer here, not you!!) After 19 minutes, check on the kale. If you like Kale chips to be especially crispy, leave the kale in the oven for a couple more minutes. If not, take the kale out and let it sit for five minutes. Store the leftover kale chips in a plastic container. Be warned, after making kale chips your kitchen will smell funky for a few minutes. Just open a door and the smell will subside…or a raccoon will wander in…or both.
For any questions or concerns…well…I write one of these every couple months, so I’ll get back to you in November!!