Tuesday, January 17, 2012

For the Love of Kale

Once again our house is under construction leaving us without the ability to cook at home. Luckily, it is only a few days this time. In the meantime, I thought I'd give you a recipe guide to one of our favorite winter leafy greens, kale.
Kale is one of the main things we grow in our garden each year. It does well in our northern midwestern climate and we can usually get a couple of harvests before a hard freeze kills it off. We blanch it in the microwave and then freeze it in 4 ounce bags to use throughout the winter. Even blanched and cooked kale is is low in Saturated Fat and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Vitamin E, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron and Magnesium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. That is one powerful leaf and it has the kind of earthy flavor that goes so well with winter dishes. Here are some of our favorites...
Kale and Mushroom Risotto Kale and Mushroom Risotto
Potato soup with kale & chorizo Potato, Kale and Chorizo Soup
West African Peanut & Chicken Stew West African Peanut and Chicken Stew
Pork Pie Pork Pie
Hearty Lentil Soup Hearty Lentil Soup
Chickpea Stew with Coconut Milk Chickpea Stew with Coconut Milk
Chicken & Lentil Stew Chicken and Lentil Stew
#74 - Colcannon Colcannon
Eggs and Kale in Puffed Pastry Eggs and Kale in Puff Pastry
Sausage, Bean and Kale Soup Sausage, Bean and Kale Soup

You just can't help feel warmer having one of these dishes on a cold day.

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Kate said...

I am certainly going to make that mushroom kale risotto. Two faves together!!

What a great list, Kat.

Chris and Amy said...

We've been seeing kale everywhere lately. Thanks for the inspired ideas!

giz said...

I'm a big kale fan and just love these recipes. The kale and egg tart is gorgeous and what a nice and different brunch dish. I know you won't mind if I steal a few of these.

Lori said...

And I do love kale. Its so versatile. Great post.

Lori said...

Once I discovered kale - much more recently than I'd like to admit - there was no turning back! I hadn't thought about freezing it. That's a great idea! Love all these recipe reminders.

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