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Grow This, Cook That Part 2

My garden, the honey flow – it’s all booming right now and I love it.

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My bees knocked it out of the park this summer and produced the most delicious honey I have had to date.

honeytootooI have so much kale, squash and carrots that we decided to set up a market and it was a huge success. We’ll have another one soon.

farmmarketBut today I want to focus on kale. Yes, kale, that leafy green that you know you are supposed to eat but can’t figure out how to prepare. The word at my little market was people have no idea what to do with it.

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Yes, I have that much kale growing in my garden!

First of all, there is a huge advantage to eating kale. It has almost no calories, yet it so concentrated in nutrients, phytochemical and anti-inflammatory properties. It is literally a vitamin pill in a leaf. You can’t afford not to eat kale.

So, what to do? Here are five ideas for your next bunch of kale.

Green Smoothies. Throw a couple kale leaves in your next smoothie, like this Mango Pineapple Ginger Smoothie. I used spinach here but they are virtually interchangeable. Here’s a fun fact about green smoothies: be sure to use yellow or orange fruits to keep the vibrant green color. Red or blue will make the color muddy. Not bad but if you are into green, follow my advice.

Saute It. My favorite way to eat kale? A simple saute of greens with lots of garlic, olive oil, sea salt and pepper. But why not mix it up? Try my recipe for Kale with Pine Nuts and Currants, a bit savory and sweet.

Add It To Soup. Whenever I make a soup, I am sure to add some greens for an added nutritional punch. You could make a warm soup or even add it to gazpacho. ¬†Or try both, they won’t disappoint.

In A Pilaf. Here’s one example of a pilaf that might be more relevant in the fall but could be easily adapted for the summer. Use the brown and wild rice and add tomatoes or summer squash or both instead of butternut squash. Either way is delicious.

As A Salad. Kale, softened with lemon, some salt and pepper is delicious. Be sure to use the freshest kale you can find, shred it or tear it if you want and dig in. Try this Shredded Kale Salad recipe at your next party, everyone will think you are an innovator of kale.

Has this inspired you to try kale? I hope it does. And if you live local to me, send me a note and stop by, I have tons of it to give away for you to experiment with.

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