Recently, I had a few requests for “tasty” and healthy recipes using Kale. As this vegetable has popped up recently in various forms across the food blogs (chips, steamed, baked), I’ll admit I had been curious, too. The first step was to find, and purchase. It was surprisingly cheap, and quite large.
When D saw the evidence, this was his response: …Why is there a small Tree in the fridge?
His perception was pretty accurate…
I attempted a recipe I found for Kale Chips, from Small Bites. I altered things a little bit, and came up with this:
1 bunch Kale (wash, rinse, remove stems)
Garlic Powder, Rosemary
1/2 Lemon (squeezed for juice)
1 tbsp Olive Oil
Squeeze lemon juice into a large bowl, add oil and seasonings. Toss Kale leaves until coated, and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350* for 15-20 minutes.
I had high hopes – and these did not meet those expectations. Sad! Something about the texture of the “chips” didn’t feel/taste right, I was unimpressed.
Luckily, I saved enough FRESH Kale to use in another recipe for dinner that night (returning to a favorite creation of mine)-
Baked Tofupea balls on Pasta and Kale
In the Tofupea Ball Mix:
2 svgs Chickpeas (1 cup)
1 svg Extra-firm Tofu, raw
Purple onion slices
1 1/2 tbsp Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
Salt, Garlic Powder, Oregano, Ground Red Pepper
Place ALL ingredients in a Food Processor and pulse until well-mixed. In a large bowl, add 1 tbsp Oil and toss mix until coated. Sprinkle with flour and form into 6 “balls”. Bake at 350* for ~18-20 minutes, until crisp on the outside.
1 svg Quinoa pasta (could substitute any Noodle of choice)
1 cup fresh Kale leaves
3 Tofupea balls
1/4 cup Marinara sauce
Grated Parmesan Cheese
This recipe was Much more successful! I love the combination of crunchy, fresh greens with soft cooked pasta and thick marinara sauce. Top with the crisp, warm tofupea balls and voila – A vegetarian-friendly, “green”, pasta bowl!
What is your favorite Kale recipe??
I’ll be purchasing this tree again and trying to get more creative. In the meantime, I’d like to know how You like your leaves!