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O.Kale – Easy Ways to Enjoy Kale

kale_5927517This issue’s Health Talk speaks very highly of the health benefits of kale. Now here is how you can benefit from its benefits.

Kale that is steamed or braised has higher health benefits than raw kale. So even if you’re adding it to a salad, consider a light steaming first. It will make the kale easier to eat as well.

How to Prepare:

• Rinse well.
• Cut the leaves into 1/2″ slices and the stems into 1/4″ lengths.
• Steam kale for 5 minutes.
• Let kale sit for at least 5 minutes to enhance their health-promoting qualities.

Delicious Kale Chips
A very popular treat!

  • Use just the leaves, tear into chip-size pieces.
  • Brush lightly with olive oil, add a sprinkle of salt.
  • Spread on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven 325°F for 10-15 minutes, and make sure you don’t burn them.
  • Serve in a bowl as chips – delicious!

Delightful Apple-Kale 

  • Tear leaves into pieces and chop stems into 14 inch pieces.
  • Core and slice apple into thin wedges (Delicious or Crispins work well).
  • Sauté in a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil until kale is wilted.
  • Sprinkle with Balsamic vinegar and chopped walnuts or pecans.

Super Kale Salad 

  • Steam kale lightly and cool so you have about 4 cups.
  • Toss together in a bowl with ¼ cup of chop-ped, sundried tomatoes packed in olive oil
  • ¼ cup pine nuts or walnuts.
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese.
  • 4-5 tablespoons of red wine vinegar.
  • ¼ cup cranberries (optional).
  • Mix together and refrigerate at least an hour before serving. Keeps several days in the refrigerator.