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Kale Keeps You Keeping On

Updated on September 23, 2014
Fresh Kale Leaves
Fresh Kale Leaves

My New Found Friend - Kale

I have found a new friend in the vegetable group, wonderful green leafy Kale.

I have heard of Kale but have never used it but now I am drinking it in my juice, making a very rich drink, along with celery,apple, lemon and ginger.

After being introduced to this green,part of the cabbage family,I have found some more uses for this vegetable.

Baked, steamed and added to salads it is a versatile healthy green vegetable packed with nutrition.

A 'super food' they say!


Curly Leaf Kale

Curly Leaf Kale
Curly Leaf Kale | Source

Super Kale

I have never really taken much notice of kale before, having seen it in groceries stores, dark green and healthy and in some veggie plots, the shape of which I was attracted too, but had never tasted it or knew of its beneficial properties.

Now I am juicing it nearly every day and finding recipes which include kale, this dark green leafy vegetable.

Kale is known as a superfood as it is stacked with nutritional green content, the greener the better for you health, containing a lot of most needed vitamins.

Kale also contains high anti cancer properties. It aids in lowering cholesterol absorption or fats contained in your diet, helping in healthy weight loss.


Kale is so easy to cook and juice it is certainly worth putting on your shopping list to try out and consider growing in the winter months in your veggie patch or garden.

Introducing Kale.

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Juicing Kale with Apple and Celery

Rich Kale Juice with Lemon

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My Kale Salad

  • 1 pkt Mixed lettuce leaves
  • 1 Bunch of organic flat leaf Kale
  • 2 cups Pecan, Pine or Walnuts
  • 10 Cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Avacado
  • 1 Lemon
  • Drissle Olive Oil or Coconut Oil

Instructions

  1. Wash mixed salad leaves and kale and place in tea towel, spin around to get rid of excess water.
  2. Place washed lettuce and kale in salad bowl leaving room for extra ingredients.
  3. Lightly roast pecan or walnut, or nuts of choice, in fry pan, let cool and toss in salad bowl.
  4. Scoop out avocado flesh, cut into small pieces and add to bowl.
  5. Sprinkle with juice of squeezed lemon.
  6. Add a splash of olive oil, not to much, or oil of choice.
  7. Toss salad lightly.

Fresh Kale Salad

Fresh Kale Salad
Fresh Kale Salad | Source
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Long Lasting Kale

Kale has been used as a healthy green vegetables for centuries and it is only recently that is has gained new popularity.

Grown in cold climates over Europe as a steadfast crop, a very important food source being a tough winter crop convenient to grow in colder climates without cost but with great nutrition.

There are a few types of kale, curly leaf, Scots kale as it is known, purple leaf and flat green leaf kale.
Kale leaves have beautiful colors ranging from a light green to a dark brown purple. In between this range is a dark curly purple kale with a touch of green which is very striking and decorative.

Kale has a long and interesting history with the Scottish, as does Oats, both conducive to the hard cold climates and both extremely nutritious.

Kale is still around to this day, a favorite with the Japanese for centuries and back now here in the West.

I myself am going to grow some kale this autumn and will be hunting down some seedlings to grow soon. Curly leaf and purple leaf kale being the chosen ones.
Loving it!

Ornamental Kale

Ornamental Kale
Ornamental Kale | Source

© 2014 Julia M S Pearce

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      Guided Abundance 2 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I love curly leaf Kale sauteed in Garlic and olive oil. For an indian flare I sometimes add just a pinch of red pepper flakes and cumin to the olive oil before I add in the Kale. Eat it with some brown or jasmine rice and I'm in heaven.

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      JanieceTobey 3 years ago

      I've had kale in green smoothies before. It's pretty good! I'll give it a try in salads. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Julia M S Pearce 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Good buy.Yes that juice is delish!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      Kale was on sale at the supermarket for 99 cents a large bunch so I made Kale for supper last night but I steamed mine. I would love to try it juiced.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      I love the title of this hub! Oh, and I love kale.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love all those dark leafy greens. Your kale salad looks divine!

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      As long as I'm able to cook it so that it stays tender, then I'm loving kale. But I've definitely over-roasted it a few times so that it was tough to eat.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Anything veggie is a friend of mine! And this is going around!

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      Cecilia Karanja 3 years ago from Nairobi

      I grew up eating kales and I loved it. I must say though that what you have in the first and third images looks so much like what we call spinach.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like Kale and the taste is so different to other greens. The salad looks delicious.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Now that I grow it in my garden, rarely a day goes by when I don't eat kale. I especially like to include it in my salads. I like the combination of ingredients in your Fresh Kale Salad recipe. It sounds and looks yummy.

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      Ilona E 3 years ago from Ohio

      Like you , I found I really like it in salads. However, I don't think the ornamental types make great tasting food, though edible.

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      Ann Hinds 3 years ago from So Cal

      I just bought heirloom seeds to grow my own kale. I am looking forward to trying your salad.

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      Linda Jo Martin 3 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I love adding kale to smoothies and juice. I also steam it with tofu for lunch. The salad looks good - I like that you put avocado in it.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I am a little afraid of it. Keep wondering how it taste. But I do want to try it.

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      Mommy 3 years ago from The Fabulous Midwest

      I'm a huge fan of kale. I like it in smoothies. It's also really good if you dehydrate it to make kale chips. Yummy!

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      Ann 3 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      LOL - I may just do that :)

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      Julia M S Pearce 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      You must try the juice one day annieangel1 it is delish.

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      Ann 3 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      very interesting, I'm not sure about the drink but the salad looks tasty and I have used kale in recipes before.

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      Julia M S Pearce 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      A soft cheese like Ricotta is good to crumble into salad.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I was thinking parmesan cheese would be good, and I love olives. Thanks.

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      Julia M S Pearce 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Thanks Phyllis, yes you can add anything you like to this. I love to put olives and cheese in this salad too.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I love kale. My Dad grew it and we had it often. I have never seen ornamental kale, though -- those are pretty. Kale in a green salad is so good. I will have to try your variation with the nuts. Thanks for sharing information on this healthy food.

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      Julia M S Pearce 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Kale is a acquired taste. Some love it some hate it. You can always discise the taste a little bit with other veggies.

      Thanks for comments everyone.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      we started adding it to smoothies and really only because there's a 'kale bandwagon' going on and we decided to hop on!

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      Ann 3 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      Good to find useful recipes for kale - thanks.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have never purchased Kale and not sure why. I will have to reconsider and follow your Kale Salad recipe. Thanks.

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I know that Kale is full of goodness, absolutely full, but the taste is not for me. I prefer a quick smoothie kale drink rather than eating leaves in a salad