If you were not already a kale lover before, your perspective may soon change. Packed with protein, fiber, alpha-linolenic acid, omega-3 fatty acid, and vitamins A, C, K, and B6, Kale is an especially nutrient-dense vegetable. Also, it has an incredibly underrated flavor — it tastes delicious both raw and cooked.
Here are some kale recipes that will make you fall in love with the leafy green!
1. Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta
This easy kale pasta is simple yet delicious. With some parmesan, fresh garlic, butter, and olive oil for extra flavor, you’ll have yourself a tasty pasta dinner! Get the full recipe from Budget Bytes.
2. 4 Ingredient Kale Cheddar Soup
With only four ingredients — kale, diced potatoes, shredded sharp cheddar, and chicken broth — you can make a tasty soup in less than 30 minutes. Get the full recipe from Healthy Seasonal Recipes.
3. Easy Kale Pesto
This easy kale pesto tastes just as delicious as the basil version. To make this recipe, you will need a food processor, as well as walnuts, a garlic clove, chopped kale leaves, lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, and sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. You can also add some grated parmesan cheese for extra flavor. Kale pesto can be used to spice up a variety of meals, from pasta to scrambled eggs and more! Get the full recipe from Love & Lemons.
4. Skillet Sweet Potato Hash with Kale
The combination of fried sweet potatoes and kale is simply scrumptious. With a few fried eggs on top, this multi-person meal is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You will need sweet potatoes, kale, eggs, garlic, coconut oil, and a sprinkling of red pepper flakes. Even with just a few ingredients, the rich flavors of sweet potatoes and kale will make your mouth water. Get the full recipe from Jar of Lemons.
5. Kale and Brussels Sprout Enchiladas with Homemade Goat Cheese Enchilada Sauce
Get your daily dose of dark leafy greens with these kale and Brussels sprout enchiladas. Made with goat cheese enchilada sauce, this dish is packed with flavor, spices, and cheesy goodness. Get the full recipe from Cooking for Keeps.
6. Sausage Kale Tortellini Soup
This sausage kale tortellini soup is all you could ask for on a chilly autumn day. Though it may come as a surprise, the entire dish only takes 25 minutes to make, so it is the perfect dinner for a busy weeknight. Also, to be honest, all soups should include kale. Get the full recipe from Gather for Bread.
7. Spicy Kale and Coconut Fried Rice
This spicy kale and coconut fried rice dish has an abundance of flavors: unsweetened coconut flakes, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, lime, and fresh cilantro all combine to make a delicious, fragrant meal. Get the full recipe from Cookie and Kate.
8. Sausage, Kale and Potato Skillet Dinner
The mixture of sausage, kale, and fried potatoes is wonderfully flavorful. Also, you will only need a few ingredients: 0live oil, onion, thyme, chicken sausage, red potatoes, garlic, kale, and lemon. Get the full recipe from The Modern Proper.
9. Roasted Mushroom Kale Pizza
Try out this recipe for roasted mushroom kale pizza on your next homemade pizza night. The fragrant blend of Tuscan kale, wild mushrooms, garlic cloves, fresh thyme and sage leaves, and goat and Havarti cheeses will definitely make you salivate as it bakes (and when you eat it, of course.) Get the full recipe from Half Baked Harvest.
10. Warm Balsamic Kale Salad
A warm salad will hit the right spot on a cold day. This warm balsamic kale salad combines diced onion, red pepper, yellow pepper, baby portobello mushrooms, kale, Asiago cheese, and balsamic vinegar. Get the full recipe from Pinch of Yum.
11. Crispy Chicken Thighs with Kale, Apricots, and Olives
Get ready for a baked skillet extravaganza with this crispy chicken dish. The mixture of curly kale, dried apricots, and green olives is definitely unique–and it also tastes divine! Get the full recipe from Epicurious.
12. Sweet Potato Kale and Quinoa Fritters
These distinctive fritters are the perfect appetizer or dinner sidedish. You will need sweet potatoes, quinoa, finely-chopped kale, eggs, plain breadcrumbs, cornstarch, grated ginger, paprika, and oil. Get the full recipe from Yes, More Please.
13. Kale Pesto Pasta with Burst Cherry Tomatoes
This pesto pasta dish is a great way to incorporate kale if you don’t want a strong kale flavor or if your kale has been in the fridge too long and is starting to wilt. Get the full recipe from Oh My Veggies.
14. Roasted Beet, Baby Kale and Brie Quiche
For this unique and delicious roasted beet, baby kale, and brie quiche, you will need small red beets, a sweet onion, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, baby kale, eggs, plain greek yogurt, heavy cream, fresh parsley, fresh dill, crushed red pepper flakes, cubed brie, and fontina or white cheddar cheese. It also includes a recipe for a crust. Get the full recipe from Half Baked Harvest.
15. Kale, Spinach and Goat Cheese Pasta
An easy weeknight meal, this pot of kale, spinach, and goat cheese pasta can be whipped up in under 30 minutes. You will need pasta, extra-virgin olive oil, unsalted butter, fresh garlic, one medium yellow or sweet onion, kale and spinach leaves, goat cheese, and parmesan. Get the full recipe from Fork Knife Swoon.
16. Squash and Kale Toasts
If you want to add something delicious and nutritious to your morning toast, try this recipe for squash and kale toasts! You will need a small delicata squash, extra-virgin olive oil, a pound of kale, garlic, thick slices of bread, and shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to sprinkle on top. Get the full recipe from Food and Wine.
17. Warm Kale Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette
Another delicious warm salad, this kale salad with honey dijon vinaigrette is the perfect meal for lunch on a cold day. You will need crispy shallots, red peppers, bacon, kale, walnuts, parmesan, and a honey dijon vinaigrette! Get the full recipe from No Spoon Necessary.
18. Simple Kale and Black Bean Burritos
This delicious recipe for kale and black bean burritos can be vegan and gluten-free with a few simple omissions! Also, if you’ve never thought about stuffing a burrito with kale instead of meat or tofu, then be thankful you have stumbled upon this recipe. Get the full recipe from Cookie and Kate.
19. Kale Chip Nachos
Essentially, kale chip nachos replace the corn chips with kale chips and sliced sweet potatoes. This dish is a great healthy alternative to a beloved appetizer. Get the full recipe from Minimalist Baker.
20. Kale Brownies
Thes kale brownies defy all expectations — mostly due to the fact that you can’t even taste the kale. If you’re looking for a way to pack nutrition into food for your children (or yourself), why not a good ole brownie? Get the full recipe from The Jolly Tomato.