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3 Kale Recipes That Aren't Salads

Wondering how to serve kale? Wonder no more. These recipes are delicious and packed full of nutrients. Sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

Kale is one of the best foods that you can consume but yet, one that is often getting left out. Many people think that the only way to serve it is in a salad, however, this is incorrect. Kale makes a great addition to many different dishes, either as the star ingredient or simply as one of many ingredients that will help make your meal taste delicious.

Kale is loaded with antioxidants, rich in so many vitamins and minerals it can practically be considered a multi-vitamin on its own and is low in calories but high in fiber. Is it any wonder this is considered to be a superfood?

To get you started, here are three great recipes that all feature this all-star vegetable.

Hearty Kale Soup

This kale soup recipe is sure to keep your appetite satisfied and your cholesterol levels low thanks to the beans that it contains. Make a big batch and serve it throughout the week.

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and finely chopped
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 2 sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 30 oz. cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, kale, and garlic and sauté until onion is fragrant and kale is soft. Add the remaining ingredients and then cook on medium for about 20 minutes or until you can easily pierce the potato with a fork. Serve immediately.

Easy Sautéed Kale

Sometimes you just want to serve kale as a simple side dish. During those times this recipe will fit the bill perfectly. The kale will soften up but won’t shrink down quite like spinach does, so this makes for a more attractive cooked side dish option.

  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Heat the sesame oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds or so. Add the kale and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the vegetable broth and continue to cook until the broth has evaporated. Add salt and pepper and then serve.

Scrambled Eggs With Kale

If you are looking for a way to liven up your breakfast, this scrambled egg recipe will certainly do the trick. Loaded with protein, antioxidants and some healthy fats, it’s a great way to begin your day.

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ cup finely diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup finely chopped kale
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup egg whites, mixed with eggs
  • ½ cup low-fat mozzarella cheese
  • ½ tsp. each oregano and basil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 30-60 seconds. Add the kale and cook for another minute or two until kale has softened. Lower the heat to medium and pour in the egg mixture. On top of this, sprinkle in the cheese and seasoning. Stir until the cheese is melted and eggs are fully cooked through. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and then serve.

So don’t let yourself leave kale in the dust any longer. It’s really one of the best vegetables that you should consider adding to your diet plan.

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