Eat More Kale

I’ll admit it. I was slow to warm up to kale. Big flat and curly bunches with strange names like Dino would show up in my share. I’d dutifully bring it home and in my fridge it would sit. Until eventually I’d freeze it, where it would sit again. I’d watch community members share recipes and not only willingly but joyfully eat their kale. Then one day it happened, I cooked one recipe, made one smoothie, and now I welcome the abundance of this lush green veg. So if you’re a novice or a master, here are a few delicious kale recipes to try.

Drink: Strawberry Kale Energy Smoothie
1 cup kale of choice, chopped and packed
1 1/2 cups strawberries
2 – 4 oz coconut cream
2 tbsp hemp or chia seeds (optional)
1 tbsp maple syrup or sweetener of choice
1/2 cup cashews (optional)
1 cup ice

1. Combine all ingredients together in blender. Blend together on high until mixture reaches desired consistency. If mixture is too thick for your preference, add water or additional coconut cream one ounce at a time.
2.Serve immediately

Main Dish Buffalo Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Kale
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
3 – 4 medium sweet potatoes, cut into cubes
1 tbsp parika
2 tbsp garlic powder or 1 tbsp minced fresh garlic
6 tbsp hot sauce
1/2 cup olive oil or melted ghee
1 cup bacon, cooked and chopped
1 head of kale, chopped, thick stems removed
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400
2. In a large bowl combine olive oil or ghee, paprika, garlic, hot sauce, and salt and pepper
3. Add sweet potatoes, chicken, and kale, stir to coat
4. Pour into a large casserole dish and cook 40 – 45 minutes, stirring occasionally
5. Add bacon on top and put back in oven for 5 minutes
6. Enjoy!