7 Recipes Using the Magical Vegetable Kale

Chow on 11.04.11
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Kale is one of those vegetables that people avoid in the grocery because they don't know what to do with it, which is a shame. Kale is not only a very versatile vegetable, it's also packed with nutrients. Lots of vitamin C, vitamin K, it's also one of those vegetables with cancer fighting properties.

For me, it is also highly prized because it is extremely easy to grow and it's very hardy. I only stop harvesting it when there is so much snow covering it, that I can't find it anymore. I won my daughter over with the recipe below of kale in sauteed in olive oil with some capers, dried cranberries and sunflower seeds tossed in at the last minute.

1. Kale Brose

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Kale is completely tied to the Scottish diet. If someone asks you if you've had kale today, it simply means, have you eaten? This soup, called a brose, is a traditional Scottish soup, made with oatmeal. I loved this soup so much, I actually finished it off, straight out of the pot. It is very peppery, so it might not be the best choice for children, but adults will love it.

2. Kale and Ricotta Mini-Quiche

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Kids will however, enjoy the kale and ricotta mini-quiche. These are quick and easy, and a fun thing for kids to eat with their hands. You can have them hot or room temperature.

3. Pasta with Kale and Garlic

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My husband, who does not always share my adoration of kale, absolutely loved this pasta dish. It's a wonderful last minute dinner that is bursting with flavour. Simple, quick and delicious - it doesn't get any better than that.

4. Kale Pesto

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This pesto is a pretty painless way to get your kids to eat kale if they aren't interested in a pile of it on their plate. Another simple dish that you can make for a quick weeknight dinner.

5. Gingered Kale and Tofu

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Part of the versatility of kale is that it works with all kinds of different flavour pairings. It's really delicious here with ginger and tofu for an Asian inspired dish.

6. Italian Bean and Kale Soup

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Don't feel like Chinese food tonight? Then have an Italian dinner with this bean and kale soup. Beans and kale are particularly good together and this soup is hearty enough for a light supper. Add a bit of crusty bread on the side, or maybe some cheese biscuits.

7. Garlic Sauteed Kale with Capers

This sauteed kale with capers is so easy and satisfying. I like it crispy, and the mixture of textures with the sunflower seeds and the softness of the cranberries and capers is really wonderful.

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