By lilleyheidi Latest Reply 2015-02-20 14:19:46 -0600
Started 2015-02-19 01:20:58 -0600

How exactly does one prepare it? Suggestions?
I know this is a superfood, but I've never tried it. I eat a variety of other greens, but for some reason (price primarily) I've not tried kale. I'd like to give it a try, but don't know what to do with it. I've heard you have to massage it? Do you cook it? I know of kale salads and smoothies (I don't drink smoothies) but what else? Someone help please.

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Kabby52 2015-02-20 14:19:46 -0600 Report

I use to put a stalk or two into my juicier. The key is to not use too much because of the bitterness. And lemon juice will counter the bitterness.

lilleyheidi 2015-02-19 12:46:54 -0600 Report

Thanks everyone, I look forward to buying and trying some the next time I go grocery shopping. I'm not promising I'll be a convert, but for sure will give it a fair try.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-19 10:46:06 -0600 Report

I have been eating kale since is was able to chew solid foods. The best time to buy it is after frost hits it. Frost makes it very tender. In the south we have always boiled it to death. Don't ask why. It is very bitter if eaten raw. It freezes very well if cooked. I add it to soups. I buy it around Thanksgiving and after the first freeze and keep them in my freezer all winter. There is also baby kale which is always tender. Just take out the big stems. They can be tough an bitter .

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-19 11:39:04 -0600 Report

Never thought of throwing it in a soup…I am not a soup person BUT my hubby loves soup..and I am always trying to figure out a way to get him to eat better…thanks!!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-19 11:44:55 -0600 Report

If you like cabbage, take a head and quarter it. If you eat bacon, cut up pieces and add small red potatoes, add about a cup and a half of water in a flat roasting pan and bake it. A friend who doesn't eat pork did it with Turkey bacon and loved it. I can't eat cabbage but I saw the recipe on Emeril and made it for my mom and sister.

I was looking at the news the other morning and someone was making shrimp gumbo and added kale to it. Would try that but I can't stand shrimp.

I put spinach in my chicken soup and it turned it green. I put any kind of green leafy veggie in soup including kale and collards. Great in beef veggie soup.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-19 11:53:33 -0600 Report

I love shrimp..which is one of the reasons I like it down here in SE Louisiana…shrimp as far as the eye can see and at a fraction of the price of what I paid in NYC…My hubby goes directly to the shrimp boats sometimes as they are coming in… BUT you can still make gumbo..I have a friend that is allergic to shrimp and she just adds chicken and sausage to her gumbo..

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-19 12:09:23 -0600 Report

I loved New Orleans. Have not been back since being diagnosed. I had beignets and Cafe au Lait at Cafe Du Monde the best breakfast ever at Mothers and Hurricanes at Pat O'Brians. Was disappointed we could not get into Dukey Chase. I had ribs and homemade baked beans to die for. I almost fainted when the waitress asked if we wanted to try Crawdads. I would live off of Crabs if I was down there. They boil them, we steam them.

I have a friend who makes her gumbo with or without shrimp. She has made it with lump crabmeat and it was delicious.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-19 12:50:34 -0600 Report

YES!!!…I use to have Beignets and coffee after walking the stretch of the French Market…And My hubby works right next to pat O'Brians…LITERALLY next store…they have asked me to come work for them several times…very nice people BUT I am not comfortable working in the French Quarter…I mean the money is insane…but the trade of feeling vulnerable all the time is not worth it to me…the French Quarter is NOT the same place at 3am as it is at 3 pm…sad face…

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-19 13:51:14 -0600 Report

We got off the cable car an walked all the way down to the Farmers Market. I picked up a cookbook and a Mardi Gras Doll and we walked all the way back to our hotel. My roommate and I went to get Hurricanes and walked back. An NO police officer asked where we were from and if we were okay. I said we good we from Baltimore. He said guess you are good in that case.

We were there during the Southern Classic and the French Quarter was packed with people. One person was shot a block away and we never knew it until the next morning. We were there because we were going on a cruise that left from New Orleans the year before Katrina. Would love to return. I loved the shops, the food and the city.
I know what you mean though. I have a meeting that I go to every 3rd Thursday of the month. My sister drops me off at the Subway 7 blocks from my house. When I return I call her before I get on the train. Last month I forgot to call her. When I got to my stop a group of teens were playing on the platform. When I got to the first level, they ran up the escalators and stopped them then did the same thing to the ones going to street level. I waited a few minutes and called my sister. By the time the elevator came and I got up to the street with another passenger the kids were in the middle of the next block. Two kids ran in my direction. The group of teens grabbed the two kids and robbed on of his phone. An officer for our state complex (different from city police) took them home. I called the shift commander when I got home and asked why there were no city officers in the area. They had a major problem a few blocks away an the cops were on that scene. The next day the Captain called me and fussed at me for not having an officer pick me up. I am now no longer allowed to use public transportation when I have to go to anything involving the city police department. That was the first time I was ever afraid of using the subway at night.

You just have to be far more careful these days.

denipink57 2015-02-19 08:38:43 -0600 Report

clean it and take off the leaves. cook the leaves in a little bit of oil with garlic and onions. season with salt and pepper. this tastes delicious.

kale is a super food so very good for you.

happy cooking!

GabbyPA 2015-02-19 08:36:46 -0600 Report

I am not a fan of collards so I avoided kale as well, until I started juicing and then I also started to grow my own. I have seedlings popping up now, waiting for the weather to allow a transplant. They are very tasty when they are young. Old plants or old leaves tend to be more bitter. Some people like the bitter, I don't care for it. There are also all kinds of kale, and I like the Russian red and the curly ones have more body to them.

If you have room at home, get a little one gallon pot and grow some. It will be fresh and you just pick the leaves you want and it will keep producing for you through the whole season. They are one of the easiest greens to grow because they can take the heat and the cold very well.

I still don't really care for them slow cooked. The texture of cooked greens is very off putting to me personally, but lots of people love them with some ham hock and onions. I do like them sauteed and in fritattas, in salads raw and in juices. I have made kale chips in my dehydrator and they turned out OK, but I was not thrilled with them. I think it would be better fried, but that is kind of a waste of a good veggie.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-19 11:42:00 -0600 Report

I had a recipe for baked kale chips but they didn't come out as crispy as I think they should of been…sad face…I wouldn't mind frying them…but then you lose all the fat soluble nutrients… and it defeats the purpose of eating the kale to begin with…

Refined Ruffian
Refined Ruffian 2015-02-19 06:18:10 -0600 Report

Use Kale in braised greens. They are great this way! We mix them with collard greens and spinach and make a braised greens that is packed with dark, leafy green goodness. Valentine Lady has it right; wash and pat dry, braise them in olive oil with some garlic and onions, spinkle with a few herbs. This is one of my favorite side dishes. I love it with roast chicken thighs.

Pegsy 2015-02-19 05:49:55 -0600 Report

I've made kale chips and I really like them. It takes some practice to get them right. They need to be crisp, not soggy. But they can go from crisp to burnt, quickly. You have to really watch them until you get the hang of it.

I also throw some chopped kale into soups. It cooks quickly and I don't really taste it.

GabbyPA 2015-02-19 08:39:03 -0600 Report

What are your tips for chips? I have only tried once, and it was not what I hoped. I was afraid to do them in the oven because they do burn so fast! Also, what type of kale did you use?

Pegsy 2015-02-19 16:54:33 -0600 Report

I buy kale leaves and remove the stems and tear the leaves into desired, chip size pieces. Then I toss with a little olive oil and sea salt and or garlic powder. Then I spread the torn leaves out onto a cookie sheet and I bake them in the oven. It's OK if they are mounded up a little bit. I preheat the oven to 350 and bake the chips for about 10 to 15 minutes keeping a close watch on them so they don't burn. Don't take them out too soon or they will be soggy. It takes a little practice to get them right. I don't think using a food dehydrator would work very well. I find kale chips to be very addictive when done right.

Pegsy 2015-02-19 17:27:01 -0600 Report

There is only one variety available at my grocery store and I think it's the flat leaf kind. But I think it would work with the curly leaf kind as well. I think my daughter has used both.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-19 11:34:32 -0600 Report

Yes please…I would like to know as well…they're times when I am not hungry but just have the muchies…and I always go for a hunk of cheese..and frankly I would like something different…My kale chips were not crispy enough even though I cooked them exactly according to the recipe…and that kind of defeats the purpose when you are trying to make a chip…are they suppose to be as crispy as a potato chip???

GabbyPA 2015-02-19 13:33:32 -0600 Report

I have purchased kale chips that were very crispy. So I have that expectation but my dehydrated ones were more leathery.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-19 05:49:06 -0600 Report

Hi Heidi,
Always wash and pat dry. Other than in salads you can take a few leaves heat a skillet with oil and minced garlic place the leaves in and cook quickly. Remove and eat. Yummy. The secret is this is done quickly…hope this has helped. Hugs, VL

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-19 05:07:21 -0600 Report

Kale is the most nutrient dense green with the possible exception of seaweed…possible…because of the diet I am on I reallytry to eat some everyday..generally raw in a salad and/or tossed into my morning shake/smoothie…I am really not a high maintenance eater..nothing insanely fancy…so those are the only ways I have eaten kale..I did try to make kale chips once..didn't like them…oh and I have never given my kale a massage…it would have to buy me dinner first…

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