The Wonderful World of Kale


This post is about various kale recipes and preparations I’ve tried. Why? Because I have a crap-ton of kale in my garden maturing all at the same time! Not that I’m complaining. I was super bummed when my kale was destroyed by aphids last year.

Kale is so good for you, too. It’s low in calories, high in Vitamin K, C and A. It’s an antioxidant and it has calcium. It’s also tasty and incredibly versatile.

One morning for breakfast I sauteed some kale in coconut oil and seasoned with a little salt, pepper and paprika. I topped the bed of kale with two fried eggs and called it good. I was surprised at how tasty it was! It might make a regular appearance in my breakfast rotation.

There’s of course Kale with Bacon (everything is better with bacon, right?). Kale sauteed with onions or shallots is great and easy. But the best use of kale, so far, has been theย Cheesy Kale Chipsย I discovered last summer. They are massively addicting and all my neighbors were begging me to make them some! It was also a good snack that you didn’t have to feel guilty about eating in massive quantities. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thankfully the wild bunnies that frolic in our yard have not discovered our veggie garden. How is that possible? For three years our garden has been bunny-free. ย And he’s been eating our weeds! YAY!




Anyway, here are a few more recipes I’ve discovered or created lately:

Sauteed Kale with Pistachios

Simple ingredients: 1 garlic clove minced,ย 1 bunch of kale,ย 1/4 cup chopped pistachios,ย Grapeseed oil,ย Salt and pepper to taste. Cook down the fresh kale in a skillet with the grapeseed oil until wilted.

I had the kale with blackened salmon (one of my favorites) and some raw peppers with ranch dressing (I was craving it). It was really good!


Sautรฉed Kale with Smoked Paprika Recipe

Ingredients: fresh kale, coconut oil, chopped onion, dash of paprika and dash of red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste. I tried cooking the kale with coconut oil spray this time and it worked really well.

My dinner was Israeli Couscous with the kale and topped with a spicy bratwurst. Mixed all together it was a spicy, flavorful dinner.


Gluten Free Baked Macaroni with Kale

This was Michael’s creation. He got some gluten free macaroni and mixed it with a can of season tomatoes, spicy sausage, a ton of kale from our garden and mozzarella. He baked it in a big pan and the second I walked into the garage I could smell it baking in the oven. The aroma of spicy sausage, garlic and red sauce is one of my favorites.

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The gluten free macaroni was ย little weird in texture. I’m not sure what it was made out of but it wasn’t the brown rice noodles I got for the spaghetti (seen below) and those GF noodles were great.

Gluten Free Spaghetti with Kale

I have so much kale in my garden I’m getting mighty creative! This time: spaghetti with kale. I bought some gluten-free spaghetti noodles from Trader Joe’s for my man since he’s trying to do the GF thing for good now. It was brown rice noodles and they actually tasted pretty good! There wasn’t a lot of flavor but the texture was exactly like regular spaghetti noodles.

I sauteed some diced onions in a pan with grapeseed oil and added the kale. I let it cook down then added the marinara sauce from a jar. I added two cloves of minced garlic and some extra herbs to it and let it just simmer while I cooked the pasta.


It was delicious! I loved the texture and flavor that the kale added to the dish. This is a keeper!

I’m going to try adding some kale to some post-workout smoothies soon. It’s been way too long since I’ve enjoyed my protein shakes! I think the kale would work great.

QUESTION: What is your favorite way to prepare/eat kale?

20 Responses

  1. Kale is AWESOME!! I had a massaged kale salad with nutritional yeast and grapes yesterday. And I have some leftover, so will be mixing it with leftover quinoa and making patties. I ‘aww’d’ at the bunnies..big yay that they haven’t had meals of kale themselves. Have a great day Lisa.
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  2. Thanks so much for the recipes. You take wonderful pics too! We only got into kale because we feed it to our 18 year old rabbit Stan, so I figured why not give it a try and it’s a nice alternative to spinach for us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Thanks for your suggestions this weekend. It was the first time I sauteed kale. I’ve been adding some to my omelets and stirring some in to whatever I’m cooking for dinner!

  4. I still juice my kale with other veggies and fruits. 6 sticks of green kale, 2 limes, 6 celery sticks, 1 large cucumber, a piece of ginger root, 2 apples. It fills about a 32 ounce container, sometimes a little more. I had it for breakfast this morning and will again tomorrow. I don’t juice all the time, I just go through juicing phases.
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  5. That is a minor miracle that your little rabbit does not eat your veggies! You have sure been finding a lot of ways to use your kale, and I like the idea of that blackened salmon, I’m excited for the new season of Alaskan salmon. My favorite ways to use kale are a variety of kale salads or brown butter kale (a bit more decadent, but yummy). For the latter you brown some butter for a couple of minutes in the wok and they add the kale and whatever else (salt, pepper, tamari, etc.)
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    1. It is definitely a miracle! I am more concerned about the slugs that LOVE my basil, honestly. I planted a new plant a few weeks ago and it’s gone now. Eaten. Jerks!

      You know, I have not tried the kale with butter yet. That sounds decadent!

    1. I like both and chard. I’m not a fan of raw kale. I keep trying to like it in my salads (even had some raw kale in my spinach salad today) but I just don’t…

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