Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fun With Kale!

Recently, I've been eating more kale. Spinach will always be my favorite dark, leafy green, but kale is a nice alternative - it's a bit heartier and has a different flavor and texture. I've found it's perfect for adding to homemade soup as well as using to make salads in advance. While spinach can sometimes get mushy, kale tends to hold up well!

So here are two recent recipes featuring kale. Both take no time at all to assemble and are great for food prep since they keep pretty well for a few days in the fridge!


Chicken Sausage & Kale Soup
Serves 8

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced*
1 stalk celery, diced*
1 carrot, diced*
5 chicken sausage links (I used Trader Joe's Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage)
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup dry quinoa - rinsed and drained
4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
2 cups water
1 Tbsp Penzey's Pasta Sprinkle seasoning (or use a blend of basil, oregano, thyme and garlic powder)
1 Tbsp dried parsley
6 cups kale, cleaned and torn into bite-size pieces
Salt & Pepper to taste

Drizzle olive oil in a large soup pot and warm over medium heat. Add onion, celery and carrots and cook 3-5 minutes or until the vegetables begin to soften. Add chicken sausage and cook an additional 3-5 minutes before adding the garbanzo beans, diced tomatoes, quinoa, chicken stock, water, Pasta Sprinkle and parsley. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30-35 minutes. Stir in kale and cook until wilted. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Laddle soup into bowls and top each serving with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese.


Fruit & Nut Kale Salad
Serves 4

4 cups kale, cleaned and torn into bite-size pieces
1.5 Tbsp garlic-infused olive oil
2-3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup dried apricots, diced into quarters

In a large bowl, massage olive oil into the kale leaves. Let sit for 10-15 minutes at room temperature. Add almonds, cranberries and dried apricots. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and add salt and pepper to taste.

Tell Me: What's your favorite way to use kale?

- ST

6 comments:

  1. Yum! I love kale in a sweeter salad like that! And I recently discovered that kale chips are actually really good! I was a little hesitant to try them though :)

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    1. Yes, they are tasty! Although I've yet to try making them myself. Maybe that will be the next kitchen experiment!

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  2. I make a tortellini soup that has kale in it, but that's reallyall I've used it for. I tend to be more of a spinach fan. This sounds so yummy though

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    1. I'm also more of a spinach fan - best vegetable :) You should do a post with your tortellini soup! :)

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  3. Both of those recipes look amazing! I definitely need to try that soup. I put kale in smoothies and I have a lentil soup recipe that has kale in it too.

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    1. I've never tried putting kale in a smoothie - I bet it's delish :) You should post about your lentil soup!

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