You’ve Got Kale.

If ever there was a vegetable with a reputation for being an elitist leaf, exclusively eaten by yogis and rich hipsters, it would be kale. This leafy green has had its reputation tainted for too long and I think it’s high time we stop giving this guy grief just because of a  fussy few who don’t want a bite of it (I’m looking at you, kale-haters).

And just because kale is often plays a lead role in expensive cold pressed juices or made into unsatisfying “healthy” chip alternatives, doesn’t mean that you’re not healthy enough to jump on the kale train. It’s high time kale become the greens for the people and I’m here today to do just that!

I’m not going to tell you the endless reasons why kale is a legitimate superfood – the internet already has “what makes kale healthy” covered. What I will do is make you a kalexpert; someone who knows how to use kale like a level 5 vegan.

Different Types

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Charlotte Observer/Getty Images
  • Curly Kale – your standard kale that’s been intimidating you in green smoothies for years. Can be green or purple and easily the most versatile of the kales.
  • Dinosaur kale (aka Lacianto) – this tale, narrow kale reatins more flavour once its cooked and has a sweeter, nuttier flavour.
  • Red Russian Kale – Not only the sweetest, but also the prettiest. But be sure to remove all the stems on these bad boys.

How To Buy It

  • Look for kale it the chilled section of the fresh food aisle. Its usually chillin with the other types of leafy greens and herbs.
  • Look for a bunch that has the darkest, firmest leaves. If the leaves are brown or yellow, skip right past it.
  • Keep an eye out for leaves with holes through them – it usually means that theres a snail on it that made it to the shop floor. Not that there’s anything wrong with bringing home a pet with your kale, but be sure to wash that bunch EXTRA hard.
  • Opt for organic when possible – kale is basically the ceo of the “Dirty Dozen” and needs a larger-than-usual amount of pesticide. *see comment re: snails.

How to Store It

Keep it in the fridge, preferably in a plastic bag. This will keep it fresh for up to 5 days. And don’t wash it until it’s time to use. Keep in mind that the longer in the fridge, the more bitter it becomes (not that you’re going to be keeping it for long when you see the recipes I have in store).

How To Cook It

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for…

The Garden of Eating’s Citrus-Massaged Kale Salad
Oh My Veggies’ Citrus Sesame Kale
Bon Appetit’s Oven Risotto with Kale Pesto
Gather and Feast’s Kale and Basil Pesto Pasta
Brooklyn Supper’s Kale Cauliflower Soup

And last but not least (because no post about kale would be complete with a smoothie recipe)…

Healthy Blender Recipes’ Tastes-like-ice-cream Kale Green Smoothie

If thats not enough ways to get kale into your diet, than I don’t know what is!

Already a valued member of the kale party? Let us know how you love to crunch on kale in the comments section!

Cover Image via Food52

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