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  • How can I learn to love Kale?

    I know it's good for me but I need some creative or tasty ways to prepare it! I do not find it tasty at all! I would appreciate an recipes that may bring me to be a 'kale-lover'.

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    First of all, don't eat anything you don't like. Life's too short.

    However... this is one of my favorite recipes and you won't be able to taste the kale.

    Indian Lamb and Sweet Potatoes

    1 lb ground or minced lamb shoulder or leg
    1 medium-sized onion, quartered and sliced thin
    2 Tbs minced fresh ginger
    3 medium cloves garlic, minced
    2 tsp garam masala
    1 tsp turmeric or curry
    7 cups black kale, finely chopped
    4 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
    16 oz chicken or bone broth
    salt and white pepper to taste

    Heat 1 TBS chicken broth in large, stainless steel braising pot or skillet. Saute onion, garlic, ginger, and lamb in broth over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stir frequently. Add garam masala, and turmeric, mixing well for about half minute. Add 1 cup broth and stir in sweet potatoes and kale.

    Simmer medium/low heat covered for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally, until lamb, potatoes, and kale are tender.

    Season with salt and pepper
    Is it weird in here, or is it just me?

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    • #3
      Hot fat!

      I don't like the term "kale chips" but tossing them with salt, vinegar, and olive oil and baking makes them crispy.

      If you do dairy, all dark greens taste good in a skillet with alfredo sauce or a simpler combo of butter + garlic + grated parmesan/romano. I usually cheat and use the roasted garlic paste in a jar. You can cook A LOT of greens in a little sauce since they shrink rapidly.
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      • #4
        I found this recipe for "molested kale salad" a couple of years ago and it's unbelievable. I'm not a fan of kale either. But when you massage it it turns into some kind of wonderfulness. I've made that several times and have been asked for the recipe more than any other thing I've ever made.
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        • #5
          I second the kale chips!
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          • #6
            I third the kale chips!

            And when they are really dry and crispy, you can crumble them up and use them as a topping or addition to just about anything.

            I'm so excited to be growing 3 kinds of kale this year
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            • #7
              Kale recipes - Recipes - BBC Good Food check out this link as it has some different style of cooking kale.

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              • #8
                Easy stuff:

                - prepare your kale (rinse, remove the branches)
                - in a frying pan, prepare some bacon strips and once done, keep the fat
                - if you are not afraid of fat, add some butter or ghee to the bacon fat, or duck fat for the flavor
                - toss your kale into the fat, stir regularly and add some flavor like garlic and onion powder, sweet paprika powder, dried rosemary, etc - whatever you like. Salt and pepper of course, you can also add some pine or pumpkin seeds
                - take the pan off the heat, and while it is still warm, add a dash of heavy cream and stir until completely mixed. You can also add a tsp of Dijon mustard if you want some sharpness to the taste

                Enjoy as is or with a chunk of meat.

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                • #9
                  I've never been happy with kale cooked on a stove. But kale chips are nice, and I like to put frozen kale in smoothies (they have this at whole foods, at least).

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                  • #10
                    I agree with not eating anything you don't like. There are > 20,000 edible plants on the planet, so choking down one that you don't like seems off. I once tasted kale, didn't like it, but didn't want to throw the rest of it away and so made kale chips. Not bad, and kept me from putting perfectly good food in the dumpster. But all in all, I'd rather put that money toward something I like that is as or more nutritious.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                      I agree with not eating anything you don't like. There are > 20,000 edible plants on the planet, so choking down one that you don't like seems off. I once tasted kale, didn't like it, but didn't want to throw the rest of it away and so made kale chips. Not bad, and kept me from putting perfectly good food in the dumpster. But all in all, I'd rather put that money toward something I like that is as or more nutritious.
                      i agree with not eating stuff that you don't like.

                      i personally love kale. It's easiest to prepare with bacon ends and pieces but my favorite brand (petersens) stopped selling it

                      so now for quick kale, i just cook it with salt pork.

                      but when i have time and feel fancy, i simmer it in a white wine type sauce -

                      melt 1 clove chopped garlic in butter and olive oil. put in kale (i use 2 bunches), let it cook down a little so the kale reduces in size. add some stock and white wine, bring to boil then reduce and let it simmer. almost anything tastes good with butter, olive oil, garlic, stock and white wine.

                      never tried chips

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                      • #12
                        Honestly, with kale I can only eat it if I rip the "leaf" part from the "stem" part. The stem is the nasty tasting thing to me, the leaves (sans stems) taste like any other leafy green when in salad.

                        At least that's how it is for me. Try ripping the leaf parts off from the stem parts, and just eat the leaves in a salad. Maybe that will make it taste better?

                        I probably won't buy kale again, I'm just trying to get through this big bag I purchased at Trader Joes. Do what you can to not waste the kale you have, haha.
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                        • #13
                          I hate kale. I've even tried kale chips. Bout gagged to death. So gross!

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                          • #14
                            I cook most greens essentially the same way:
                            get a big pan with a lid, melt a blend of a few of your favorite cooking fats (coconut oil, butter, and bacon fat are good), throw in ripped or chopped up greens, add spices (garlic powder, onion powder, turmeric, smoked paprika, etc, match it up with the seasonings of whatever you are having with it), splash of apple cider vinegar, stir it and cook covered for a while, take the cover off at the end to let some of the vinegar evaporate if you want.

                            Kale chips are also not bad if you make them a little spicy.

                            It isn't my favorite food by far, but those are a couple ways to make it more edible as a semi-blandish plant side dish to watever huge fatty cut of meat I am having as my actual meal.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                              I hate kale. I've even tried kale chips. Bout gagged to death. So gross!
                              no offense to my kale loving tribe siblings
                              Yes, if you are a good enough cook you can force something to taste ok by hiding it under cheese sauces, dressings, cooking it until it surrenders etc. But Why? Your tastebuds are trying to tell you something. Listen to them. Kale is meant for horse fodder.

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