Power up with These Kale Recipes

The tale of the rise of kale is rather curious. It was ubiquitous in early Roman and Greek culture, but then appeared to be neglected for some time. In 2012, kale reemerged. Where was it all those years? Well, it wasn't entirely absent. Before foodies fell in love, it was used as a garnish in some foods or in flower bouquets. Prior to this, Thomas Jefferson was growing kale in his garden. To celebrate its return on the center stage, we put together some of our favorite kale recipes.
By: Anna Becker / 11/14/2018 / Recipes
Roasted Carrots & Crispy Kale

1. Roasted Sweet Potato and Kale Salad with Almonds, Dates, and Parmesan

We're loading up on veggies and good-for-you ingredients with this nutritious, warm salad that's made up of some of our favorite superfood heroes—sweet potato and kale. With crunchy almonds, sweet dates, and nutty Parmesan, it's not to be missed. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

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2. Roasted Carrots & Crispy Kale with Farro & Miso-Honey Vinaigrette

The key to satisfying vegetarian meals is combining a variety of textures and colors, just like the ones in this salad. Roasted carrots and onions, crispy kale, and tender farro hit all the right notes. Toasted pine nuts and sesame seeds add crunch and a sweet and salty dressing pulls it all together. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

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3. Quinoa-Bean Veggie Burgers with Kale Chips

It's not a list of vegetarian recipes without veggie burgers! The secret to our meat-free burgers starts with cannellini beans. Mash these beans to give your patty a good, hearty structure. We prefer to use a sharp white cheddar for our burgers to give that satisfying gooey bite. You can always forget the cheese to make it vegan, but be sure to add to caramalized onion! Keep reading for more delicious vegetarian recipes!

4. Quinoa "Fried Rice" with Roasted Mushrooms & Kale

Major flavor players like tamari, sesame oil, fresh ginger, and garlic add plenty of pizazz to this healthier take on fried rice, using nutty, protein-rich quinoa instead of white rice. Be sure to let your skillet get hot before sautéing the quinoa, as those crispy bites truly make the dish. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

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5. Mushroom Tartines with Green Apple & Kale Salad

The key to this French-style open faced sandwich is browning the mushrooms. Flavorful, meaty cremini mushrooms are sautéed in butter over medium-high heat. Resist the urge to stir too often, and season with salt only after they've browned—salt extracts moisture and the mushrooms will brown best when dry. The tartines are served alongside a tart apple and kale salad for balance. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

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6. Potato Gnocchi and Kale with Ricotta & Cheesy Breadcrumbs

True Italian cuisine is all about the ingredients and this dish is a perfect example of that beautiful simplicity. Tender potato gnocchi and hearty Tuscan kale are sautéed with bright, tangy lemon juice and then finished with creamy ricotta and crispy, Parmesan breadcrumbs. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

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