Kale Chips with Lemon and Cumin

Chips have rarely been this good. These are great as a snack on their own, but also as a textural garnish for broths or baked eggs.

Green kale in a basket

Which is your favorite kale? Curly green…

1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. sea salt
2 large handfuls bulk kale, washed and dried thoroughly
Organic vegetable oil, for drizzling
Zest of 1 lemon

Bulk lacinato kale

…lacinato, a.k.a. dinosaur or Tuscan kale…

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Toast the cumin seeds in a dry frying pan, giving the pan a shake as you go, until the seeds start to darken, and the aroma deepens and gets nuttier. Remove from the pan and blend with the sea salt in a spice grinder or a pestle and mortar.

Bulk red kale

…or curly Nash’s red?

Separate your bulk kale leaves. If they seem too big, coarsely chop into bite-sized pieces. Toss gently, but thoroughly, in a large bowl with a good drizzle of oil, making sure every leaf is just coated with the slightest sheen of oil. Place in a single layer on a flat baking tray and cook for 6 minutes (do this in batches if you need to). You will find that they crisp up as they cool, so don’t be alarmed if they still seem a little soft when they’re first removed from the oven. Season with the cumin salt and a grating of fresh lemon zest, and serve.

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Kori’s Lacinato Kale & Fennel

lacinato kale1 cup bow-tie pasta, cooked according to package
Olive oil
2 cups lacinato kale, rinsed and chopped into bite-size pieces
1 can (14 ounces) diced Italian-style tomatoes
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
1 fennel bulb, thinly-sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup fresh shiitake mushrooms, diced
1 cup (8 ounces) thick bacon or pork belly, cubed
Grated Parmesan, for garnish

In small saucepot, boil water and cook the bow tie pasta according to package directions. Drain after cooking and set aside.

In separate saucepan, cook the bacon. Once cooked, set aside over paper towel to absorb grease until ready to add to dish.

In large saucepot, drizzle olive oil over med-high heat. Add minced garlic; sauté for about 2 minutes. Add lacinato kale and fennel; sauté about 5 minutes until softened.

Add Italian tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and shiitake mushrooms. Let simmer for about 5-10 minutes, or until everything is softened and cooked.

Add the pasta to the large saucepot to create a 50/50 mix of pasta and veggies. Drizzle olive oil.

Lastly, add the bacon. Let warm over stove for about 5-10 minutes before serving. Served with fresh Parmesan.

We thank Ocean Mist Farms for this recipe.

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Lemony Braised Lacinato Kale

lacinato kale1 large bunch (about 10 ounces) lacinato kale, leaves rinsed and thick center ribs cut out
Scant 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin fruity olive oil
2–4 cloves garlic, or to taste
1/8 cup dry white wine (could use vermouth)
1/4–1/2 cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon coarse salt or sea salt
1–2 teaspoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice, to taste

Cut kale into 1-inch pieces and steam until slightly wilted. Remove from heat and drain well.

In a large fry pan over low heat, heat olive oil. Add garlic and sauté, stirring often, until soft. Add kale and wine; cover and cook until almost all liquid has evaporated. Add 1/4 cup chicken stock and cook until stock is almost evaporated and kale is very tender, approximately 30 minutes. Check for tenderness. If needed, add the remainder of the chicken stock and cook until done.

Season to taste with salt and lemon juice; toss with tongs and serve. Serves 2.

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Lemon Tahini Kale Salad

lacinato kale

Kale didn’t earn its reputation as a superfood for nothin’!

1 bunch kale, stemmed and chopped
2 pinches salt (more to taste)
1/3 cup tahini
1 small lemon
1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
2 tablespoons warm water (more if needed to thin)
1-2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

Salt the kale and massage with your hands. Let the prepped kale sit while you prepare the dressing. Combine tahini, juice from lemon, soy sauce or tamari, and water and mix well with fork. Add more water to thin as desired. Mince garlic and add to dressing along with sesame seeds and red pepper flakes. Pour 3/4 of dressing over kale, mix, and add more if necessary, or reserve for a vegetable sauté or salad dressing for later use.

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Skillet Huevos Rancheros

Eggs1/2 onion, diced
Olive oil
Bell pepper, kale, zucchini, mushrooms (optional)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tomatoes, diced
2 cups cooked, rinsed beans (black beans, pinto, cannellini, or heirloom beans)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons water
4 x 6-inch tortillas
4 eggs (1 per serving — you can add more if you want)
Cracked pepper

Optional:
1/2 cup crumbled cotija, queso fresco, feta or goat cheese (optional)
1 large avocado, sliced
1 lime, cut into wedges
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Hot sauce
Additional fresh diced tomatoes

Preheat oven to 400F. In a large pan over medium heat, sauté onion in a little olive oil until tender, about 5 minutes (if you are adding optional veggies, do it now, cooking until tender). Add garlic and sauté for a minute or two. Add half of the diced tomatoes (saving half for garnish) as well as the beans, spices, salt and water. Let simmer on medium low for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

Brush large cast iron skillet with olive oil, coating the edges too. Lay tortillas down and brush tops of tortillas with oil.

Divide bean mixture, making little indentations with the back of a spoon for the eggs to rest in, so they stay in place. If using a large skillet, layer the tortillas so they come up the sides of the skillet a bit (you may need a couple extra), and spread all of the beans evenly over the tortillas, making indentations for the eggs.

Carefully break the eggs and place them in the indentations. Sprinkle eggs with salt and pepper and, if you want, crumbled cheese, and place in the hot oven.

Check after 10-12 minutes. Cook until egg whites are white and yolks are to your desired done-ness. Serve with avocado, lime, cilantro, hot sauce, and fresh tomatoes.

We thank Feastingathome.com for this recipe.

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Mixed Slaw & Warm Ginger Dressing

Ginger root

Keep warm with the gentle spice of ginger.

Salad
1/2 head red cabbage, cored and shredded
1/2 pound Brussels sprouts, shredded
2 kale leaves, de-stemmed and finely sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
10 sprigs parsley, chopped
1 fennel bulb, halved, cored, and shaved thin
1 Bosc pear, cored and thinly sliced
1/3 cup sunflower seeds

Dressing
2” piece ginger, peeled and minced
Juice of 1 lemon
2-3 tablespoons raw honey
Pinch cayenne
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients. Set aside.

In a small saute pan, add all dressing ingredients and cook until warm and fragrant (2-3 minutes), stirring frequently. Remove from heat and pour directly onto salad. Toss salad to distribute dressing evenly.

We thank chef Annie McHale of Port Angeles for this recipe.

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Creamy Kale Salad

* Avocado *1 ripe avocado, halved, seed removed
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
3 tablespoons walnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 bunch kale (8 ounces), stemmed and coarsely chopped
1 small red beet, peeled and thinly sliced
1 sweet, crisp apple, cored and cut into thin wedges
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

Combine avocado, vinegar, mustard and oil in a food processor. Pulse until smooth (it will be thick). Season with salt and pepper. Combine kale, beets, apple and walnuts in a large bowl. Toss with avocado dressing and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

We thank Whole Living, January/February 2011 edition, for this recipe.

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Cheesy Kale and Quinoa Casserole

green curly kale

The recipe calls for green kale, but you can try red kale, too. Which kale is your favorite for casseroles?

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch green kale, stems removed and leaves torn into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
1 cup cooked quinoa
Zest of 1 lemon
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese, divided
Salt and red pepper flakes, to taste

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease a 2-3 quart baking dish with olive oil or butter and set aside.

Add the olive oil to a large skillet set over medium-low heat. When hot, add in the onion and cook until tender and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in the kale and vegetable broth. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 6-8 minutes, until the kale has wilted down and the broth has evaporated. Remove from the heat.

Put the vegetable mixture in a large bowl, along with the quinoa, lemon zest, cannellini beans, Greek yogurt and 1 cup of the cheddar. Mix until well combined. Season with salt and red pepper flakes to taste.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Bake for about 10-13 minutes, until heated through and the cheese is melted.

Recipe adapted from OhMyVeggies.com.

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Potatoes and Grilled Kale

rainbow lacinato kale raab

What’s that — you’ve never grilled kale before? Now’s your chance!

5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 pounds small potatoes
Salt
1 pound shallots, unpeeled
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup cornichons (tiny pickles), chopped
2 tablespoons drained capers
1 bunch kale, ribs and stems removed
3 scallions, sliced
1 cup parsley leaves with stems

Prepare a grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil grate.

Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Season with salt and bring to a boil, then simmer until tender. Drain.

Grill shallots, turning occasionally until skins are blackened and flesh is tender. Let cool, halve lengthwise and scoop out insides, discarding skins.

Whisk lemon juice, vinegar and 3 tablespoons oil in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add cornichons, capers, and potatoes and toss to coat.

Toss kale and remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a bowl. Season with salt. Grill, turning often, until charred and crisp-tender, about 1 minute. Fold into salad, along with scallions, parsley and shallots.

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Tuscan Kale Salad

Lacinato kale4-6 cups lacinato (Tuscan) kale, midribs removed, thinly sliced, and loosely packed
Juice of 1 lemon
3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, mashed
Salt & pepper, to taste
Hot red pepper flakes to taste
2/3 cup grated Pecorino Toscano (or Asiago, Parmesan, or Romano) cheese
1/2 cup freshly made bread crumbs from lightly toasted bread

Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, hot red pepper flakes. Pour over kale in serving bowl and toss well. Add two-thirds of the cheese and toss again. Let kale sit for at least 5 minutes. Add bread crumbs, toss again, and top with remaining cheese.

Recipe from www.drweil.com.

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