Kale gets a bad rap. It’s seen as a foul food that’s only eaten out of necessity by fitness maniacs and avid dieters—and even then, they need to hold their noses while they chug it down in one go. But this is not the case! This tasty leaf has been in people’s diets since at least 2000BC, originating from the Middle East and the Mediterranean region of Europe. It was eaten by the Ancient Greeks—who may have been the first to discover its superfood properties. We want to dispel this myth and prove to you that kale is one of the tastiest greens out there!
This hearty bake is a classic recipe that uses Tuscan kale and the great flavors of Italian cheese to produce a brilliantly wholesome meal for the entire family.
Ingredients: 1 bunch Tuscan kale leaves—ribs and stems removed and leaves roughly chopped, ¼ cup olive oil, 2 tbsp. lemon juice, salt, and pepper, enough pizza dough to cover a baking dish, 8 oz. fresh mozzarella, 1 cup ricotta, 2 oz. grated parmesan cheese, crushed red pepper flakes.
This salad really brings the best out of kales, pairing it with other vegetables that are typical of the region’s cuisine such as eggplant and fresh tomatoes. It’s light and fresh and bursting with flavor—a perfect summer’s evening meal.
Ingredients: 2 medium eggplants—quartered and then cut into 1-inch pieces, ¼ cup vegetable oil, salt, 1 tsp. dried mango powder, ½ tsp. ground cumin, 6 Tuscan kale leaves—ribs and stems removed and then the leaves roughly chopped, 1 cup Greek yogurt, 1 cucumber, 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice, 1 clove garlic—finely chopped, 2 cups cherry tomatoes—halved, plenty of olive oil.
Kale has become synonymous with smoothies—mainly pushed by fitness fanatics and weight loss gurus. Many of these smoothies don’t put taste at the top of their priority list, but this next recipe is a smoothie that gives you all the vitamin-packed benefits of eating raw kale AND tastes amazing!
Ingredients: 4 kales leaves—stems removed and roughly chopped, ½ cup chopped fresh pineapple, 1 banana—chopped, 1 tbsp. peanut butter, 1 tsp. honey, ¼ cup Greek yogurt, ¼ cup almond milk, 4 ice cubes (or crushed ice).
Kale is known for its reputation as a superfood, and rightly so! But it’s also a tasty green in its own right and should be enjoyed for its flavor rather than just it’s health benefits. If you’re looking to find some new ways to enjoy this great green, try some of these recipes at home. Here at NetCost Market, we have plenty of kale as well as all the other ingredients you need to make these tasty meals, so head down and try some out for yourself.