Kate Cornell was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in June of 2005. Since then, she has controlled diabetes through dietary changes, exercise, and, more recently, metformin. She shares her experiences and lessons learned here and on her blog, kates-sweet-success.blogspot.com, which was named as one of the top diabetes blogs for 2015 by Healthline.com.

Kale is definitely a super food. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals, and even protein! It’s one of those dark, green, leafy vegetables you should be eating. But other than baking it into kale chips, how do you eat it? This website lists 25 recipes for cooking kale. Here are seven of the friendlier options for people with diabetes.

1. Kale Pesto

Pesto is most often connected with basil, but you can make it with lots of different greens. This recipe sounds yummy! Use pesto as a spread on a sandwich, mix with olive oil or mayo for salad dressing, or thin it with olive oil and drizzle on grilled meat.

2. Vegetable Kale Chicken Soup

Soup is almost always a perfect choice for dinner. This soup is chock full of vegetables and is simple to make. Consider using fewer carrots and noodles to reduce the number of carbs.

3. Broccoli Cheese Soup with Kale

Here’s another great soup. It’s creamy, and eating it will most likely feel like “cheating.”

4 and 5. Quinoa Kale and Feta Salad and Lemon Parmesan Raw Kale Salad

It’s a foregone conclusion that eating salads is good for us and can make our blood sugar happy. You do need to be careful though that you’re choosing healthy options as some salads can contain unhealthy ingredients. These two salads sound wonderful! Quinoa is a healthy whole grain that will add protein too.

6. Kale, Pinto Bean Tacos

This taco variety sounds so tasty and easy. You might want to substitute the corn tortillas for a low-carb variety.

7. Kale with Pasta, Chicken, and Bacon

This pasta dish sounds delicious! We don’t have to shun pasta completely just because we have diabetes, but limiting your carbs is suggested. You could reduce the amount of pasta, substitute spiral-sliced zucchini or even spaghetti squash to have a more diabetes-friendly meal.

What's your favorite kale recipe? Share it in the comments below!