Of all healthy foods to eat, the humble kale has acquired a towering reputation.
Kale is one of the healthiest foods to eat in the world and given its many benefits it’s hard to understand why more folk don’t go for it.
• Low in calories
• Chock full of antioxidants
• Contains loads of iron, vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium and dietary fibre
• May help to lower cholesterol, boost the immune system and aid liver function
• Inexpensive and keeps well in the fridge
Gwyneth Paltrow sings it’s praises in her books
Kevin Bacon is a fan
A cookbook available on Amazon (The book of Kale) is devoted entirely to Kale recipes
Pret A Manger stocks kale crisps
M&S calls it “one of 2014’s hottest food trends”
Vietnamese food chain Pho sells kale juice with apple, pineapple and lime
Juice bar Crussh markets Lean Green and Veggie Green juices along with Kale & Avocado Tabouleh
Chef Matthew Young of Mayfields in London serves charred purple and white kale on the plancha with seared haddock and lemon foam
Elly Cursten, who owns Bristol’s Pear Café uses it while on the 5:2 diet; “Out of 7 days in the week I was using kale 5 times”, says Elly.
Going the rounds are kale lollies such as Green Wave Smoothie Pops in the US
Sweat down in a little butter with leeks and serve with cumin spiced yoghurt and baked eggs
Use left over kale mashed up with potato for a take on bubble and squeak
Cook kale with beans and bacon in a tomato passata with chilli peppers, herbs and spices
Steam the kale, chop finely, season with grated nutmeg and serve with soft poached eggs
Kale and cheese quiche; make a pastry case or use a bought one and strew the bottom with cooked kale which has had all moisture squeezed out and chopped finely. Season the kale well with ground black pepper. Beat 4 eggs with a splash of single cream and pour over the kale in the pastry case. Grate 4 oz of your favourite cheese such as cheddar or Gruyere and sprinkle it over. Bake for about 30 minutes in a medium to hot oven until golden brown and firm to the touch.
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