Robust in flavor and high in nutrients, kale is a welcome addition to the winter kitchen. This sturdy green is often steamed or sautéed and served as a healthful side dish, but there are plenty of other ways to reap its benefits.
To incorporate more kale into your diet, try one of the following methods and recipes, each of which showcases the hearty leaves in a unique light.
|Simmered with soup
Because of its sturdy leaves, kale holds up better in soups than other greens such as spinach. Try this Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs for a hearty, vegetable-heavy spin on traditional chicken soup.
Kale juice may sound intimidating, but when paired with sweet apples and carrots the earthy flavors mellow. This Carrot and Kale Juice is both delicious and nutritious.
|Paired with pasta
Kale adds a fresh flavor to starchy pasta in this Penne with Ricotta Cheese and Greens. Goat cheese and lemon zest add some brightness to the meal, which comes together in half an hour or less.
|Mixed with leftovers
Traditional Irish Colcannon combines a mixture of potatoes, kale, cabbage and leeks in a creamy side dish. The dish is said to bring good luck — perfect for ringing in the new year.
|As a twist on a classic
A bed of sauteed kale isn’t the traditional accompaniment to Baked Chicken Parmesan, but it certainly ups the nutritional ante. The greens also add an earthy contrast to rich, cheesy chicken in this recipe.