Only last year did I venture to eat kale. Since then I've made kale chips, tossed into a smoothie & added kale into pasta. But still it was minimal amounts. I've been really wanting to try some new and made-up kale recipes and now was the time. Got myself fresh curly kale from the farmer's market & went to work.
1 cup almond milk
1-2 kale leaves, stems removed
1 cup frozen/fresh strawberries
1 scoop protein powder (optional)
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Add more ice if you like your smoothies thick, or leave without ice for more of a juice-like consistency. I like to trick myself that I am drinking a milkshake, so I usually use frozen bananas also. A quick & easy way to incorporate more greens into your diet.
You wouldn't even know there was kale in here!
Kale Grapefruit Salad
2-3 kale leaves, stems removed
1 grapefruit, segmented (How to Supreme/Segment Grapefruit)
Apple Cider Vinaigrette (recipe below)
Rinse kale leaves & tear from stems, pat dry with towel. Drizzle a little Apple Cider Vinaigrette on kale leave and massage onto leaves. Let leaves rest in refrigerator for 15-30 minutes, kale will become soft in hands and less stiff. While leaves are resting, cut grapefruit segments and avocado into chunks. Once ready, toss kale, avocado, grapefruit and sliced almonds together. The grapefruit and avocado complement each other so well, while balancing the kale. I have made it three more times this week, once with apples and once with mangoes. I think its a new favorite!
Apple Cider Vinaigrette
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp agave or honey
Salt & Pepper
Blend or shake up in a jar and enjoy a light & refreshing dressing. I've had mine in the fridge all week and have been using it on more kale salads, chopped beets and tossed with cold pasta even.
Kale and Goat Cheese Pizza
1 lb pizza dough @ room temperature (homemade or I used Trader Joe's whole wheat)
1 bunch of kale, leaves removed from stems
3 T extra virgin olive oil (1 T reserved for kale)
4 ounces goat cheese
1/2 white or yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Fresh ground pepper
1 cup chopped spinach
1/2 c shredded mozzarella
1/2 c grated parmesan cheese
Red pepper flakes
So this option might not be the healthiest use of kale but hey, if I am going to eat pizza... I should add something good to it right? I made a tasty but dried out goat cheese pizza last week and wanted to give it a shot again. This time, I added a little more EVOO into the veggies and kept the same amount on the dough.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
With your dough at room temperature, use hands or rolling pin to stretch it out to desired thickness (about 1/4 inch). Spread 1 T evoo onto dough and cook in ready oven 3-4 minutes just to get the crust set and a little bubbly.
Slice onions and chop garlic, carmelize both in 1/2 T evoo in a pan to get nice and juicy! I found this created great moisture, whereas sometimes a raw onion on no-sauce pizza is just dry.
While the onions are getting down and funky, pour 1/2 T EVOO onto torn kale leaves and massage the oil until all leaves are covered and soft.
Drop dollops of 2 oz goat cheese on browned pizza dough, while trying not to lick your fingers. Lovingly scatter onions, garlic, kale and spinach around dough surface.
Place heaps of the last 2 oz of goat cheese across greens. Now, my pizza was supposed to end there. But I was feeling like more cheese so I added on mozzarella & parmesan.
Bake in oven 8-10 minutes or until greens are crispy & cheese is melty.
Then take a big ol' slice and smile as you bite into your new favorite pizza!
Three ways to incorporate kale into your eating. Hooray! Hoorah! Hoorale! Three Cheers for Kale!
(yes it's late, my brain is fried on witty rhymes)