Surreptitiously placed in the produce aisle between bunches of spinach and arugula is the oft-forgotten dark leafy green: kale.
Until recently, I, like many grocery store shoppers, neglected kale, opting for more familiar greens- broccoli, romaine lettuce, and even swiss chard. However, after reading article after article in Self, Women’s Fitness, and Shape magazines (I told you- I HEART magazines!) extolling the benefits of this superfood, I decided to face my culinary fears and cook with kale! Let me tell you, I have not been disappointed. Not only is kale healthful, rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin A and calcium, it is delish!
Kale is to me what shrimp is to Bubba from Forrest Gump. Kale is just about as versatile as shrimp, which is a major feat because, as eloquently stated by Bubba, himself, “you can barbecue shrimp, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauteé it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich." Below are a few of my fave kale recipes. I’m sorry to report that I have not yet found a recipe for kale burgers (I know, you’re heartbroken…) but, nonetheless, enjoy and get your kale on!