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    Quote 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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    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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    I hate kale. I've even tried kale chips. Bout gagged to death. So gross!

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    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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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.
    Thus, I will not eat celery, cilantro or fennel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catherine View Post
    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
    well OK I'd eat that kale... that sounds freaking fabulous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleobird View Post
    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.

    There is a reason there aren't very many "help me love bacon" threads on this site!

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    Thanks for the responses. Will try some recipes, my son puts it in shakes so it won't go to waste. I know it is full of goodness and I am trying to make positive changes. I also have a friend with horses (let's hope it doesn't come to that)!

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