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How to eat kale, even if you hate it

By: Rob
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Kale. It does your body good. The only problem is, I can’t stand it. Well, in the salad form that is. I love it in smoothies, but this morning as I was dashing out of the house to try to get to work on time, I swung by my garden and picked a big bowl full of fresh kale. With no time for a smoothie, I brought it with me - raw and plain. I know my body needs the nutrients and enzymes and the fiber, but I've spent my entire lunch break trying to get myself to ‘man up’ and eat the stuff.

Some olive oil and lemon juice and salt did the trick and hiding in my frozen dinner. But, I figure I'm not the only one who struggles this, so I googled the phrase 'how to eat kale even if you hate it'...and this came up from myplantbasedfamily.com.

Maybe it will help you or someone you love... :)

1. Soup

My favorite way to eat Kale is finely chopped in soup. I put so many veggies in soup anyway that I can easily add another. Just make sure you chop it well. To make it even easier buy frozen chopped kale. I use kale in my Potato Kale Soup and it’s delicious!

2. Smoothies

It’s well documented that I don’t care for smoothies but my family loves them. They all eat kale in smoothies (when I buy it) but the frozen kale is easy to keep on hand if you can’t go through it fast enough.

3. Pureed/Finely Chopped in Casserole Type Dishes

In my Gluten-Free Vegan Lasagna I use spinach that has gone through my food processor a few times. Kale can be used in its place. It also works well in Enchiladas and Broccoli and Rice.

4. Stir Fry’s

For me Stir Fry’s are one of my favorite ways to use up leftovers. Again, I recommend finely chopping the kale and adding it toward the end of the cooking time. Make sure your Stir Fry is well seasoned.

5. Powdered Kale

This one is new to me and I confess I haven’t tried it yet. I was on Pinterest and discovered How to Make Kale Powder and Use it by Mom with a Prep.

6. Kale Chips

I have made Kale Chips and they were ok, a little dry but of course I didn’t use oil. Even though it’s too hot (for me) to turn on my oven I’ve also successfully made them on the grill. You can also buy Kale Chips in most stores these days but they are kind of pricey. They are easy to make so give them a try. My youngest son loves them.

bowl of kale