Using Kale in Recipes

Category Vegetables
Whether you are making kale chips, soups, salads, or adding it to grains such as quinoa or brown rice, you may just become a fan of this dark green leafy veggie. Even the stems can be used to make delicious dishes. Try one or more of the recipes below and then create your own.
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I always see that a step in recipes using kale is to discard the stems. Don't do that! The stems are full of vitamins and fiber, not to mention zingy flavours. I like to make pesto with mine using cashews. The cashews support the bright kale flavour by giving it a nice, full creaminess. They also cost less than pine nuts.

Kale Stem Pesto in bowl

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Most people throw the kale and chard stems away but they are really good and tasty! Just chop the stems thinly and sauté with onions and olive oil for a few minutes. Very healthy and delicious to go with any side along with your protein.

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Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 people

Ingredients:

  • kale stems
  • chard stems
  • olive oil
  • onions

Steps:

  1. Using left over kale and chard stems, finely dice them up.
  2. In a pan on high heat, add dash of olive oil and chopped onions. Then add your kale and chard stems to sauté for a few minutes.
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After cutting the tougher stem off from my kale for salads and some recipes I decided to try to use my pasta measuring stick instead. Just pull the kale (or other tough leaves like collards I bet!) through one of the wholes and the stem is removed from the leaves!

A pasta measuring stick with holes, with a kale leaf inserted into one of the holes.

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