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sneaky kale

Anyone have any ideas for ways to subtly introduce kale into someones diet? My bf will kind of eat it (I love raw kale salads, or lightly cooked kale or kale chips) but I'd love to get him into it more because I think you need to have it a few times to really appreciate it's taste and how nourishing it feels (to me) to eat.

I thought of maybe putting it in a lasagna....any other ways to incoroporate kale into dishes?

Tell him it's spinach and put it in everything. Everyone likes spinach, right??

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It's real good in soups such as lentil.

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I suppose puree-ing it in a smoothie is out of the question, as the green hue really blows kale's cover.

I had that butternut kale gratin a few weeks ago (recipe on this site), and while the kale wasn't remotely <i>hidden</i>, the taste combo was pretty rockin', so it'd be difficult to mistake that dish for healthy.

I'm with secondbase.  Wilt it down and tell him it's spinach.

I like to add it to macaroni and fake-cheese casseroles.  It's fun to chew.

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If you just wanted to get more kale into his diet, you can puree it into smoothies, soups, bean dips, etc.

But if you want him to enjoy it when he's actually seeing it and chewing it, a good sauce is key. I love it with a really salty miso dressing, or a thick avocado dressing with some salty nutritional yeast, or a creamy tahini-ginger-toasted-sesame dressing...

And the vegetables you pair with it can make a difference too. Red pepper, avocado and sweet potato three of my favorites. Frozen edamame beans are great too. Because it's so chewy, I really like to pair soft vegetables with it. And red pepper is just delicious with anything... Go with whatever his favorites are - he may learn to love kale by association ;)

I remember my husband tried to get me to love kale a long time ago - I just wasn't ready for it. I had to learn how awesome nutritionally it is before I started thinking 'hey, I should learn to like this stuff!' So maybe get him some info on kale's awesomeness in some subtle way?

good luck!

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OH! Kale Pesto.  Puree kale, vegan parmesan, olive oil,  I think walnuts/pine nuts, and garlic. VERY tasty.

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OH! Kale Pesto.  Puree kale, vegan parmesan, olive oil,  I think walnuts/pine nuts, and garlic. VERY tasty.

If you do it raw, it will still taste like kale! Raw kale.

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Veganhealthy, who has posted here, has an amazing kale chip recipe. It's the one way husband likes kale because it's the texture of junk food.

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i don't really "love" kale but i know it's good for me so i eat it and try new recipes so i can learn to love it... i agree that is is AWESOME in soup, viva vegan's potato kale soup (i leave out the seitan chorizo for ease) or zuppa toscana here on vegweb are 2 of my favorite soups ever... i also like it thrown into stirfrys with other veggies

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Veganhealthy, who has posted here, has an amazing kale chip recipe. It's the one way husband likes kale because it's the texture of junk food.

aw, thanks <3

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This thread is sort of on topic for me... I have about ten kale plants in my garden about to go to seed, whose lovely leaves I need to use.

I don't generally like munching on a big mess o' greens. I do love spinach, raw or cooked, because it's pleasant to eat either way - a nice tender salad green, or a nice soft cooked green. But with kale, so far I only like it raw and blended (i.e. smoothied) because of how it doesn't cook down and soften like spinach does. I'm thinking of using it blended into in a white/cheezy sauce in a lasagna, finely chopped in a food processor, but not quite pureed.

I expect that I'd enjoy it this way... maybe your bf will, too. ;)b

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I put it in lasagne.  I also use it in what I'm sure is a completely inauthentic colcanon.  It's based on the recipe from Laurel's Kitchen.  Saute onions (or leeks).  When soft, add torn up greens (kale, chard, collards, whatever you have).  Meanwhile make mashed potatoes.  Mix the greens and onion mixture into the mashed potatoes.  Eat or you could bake it if you want.

Laurel's version of the recipe uses dairy and steams the greens but I figure it's one less pot to add them to the saute pan.  It's not adding any extra fat since there's already oil in the pan for the onions.

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I recommend an appeal to reason.  Kale is probably the #1 healthiest all-natural foodstuff you can eat.  (The only things that might possibly make kale unhealthy is if you have blood clotting issues and need to stay away from vitamin K, or if you're already getting way too much fiber - juicing reduces the latter.)  I could talk all day about all the vitamins, minerals, and other micro-nutrients with which kale is the #1 champ.  Eating a few raw leaves a day could literally add years to one's life!

And if the appeal to reason doesn't work - try withholding sex.  :-D

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Heli: Kale and Potato Soup from Viva Vegan or Quintess's Kale Salad... Let me know if you want the recipes.

I love kale added to soup and always remove the thick stem!

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Yes please, amymysis :)

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Yes please, amymysis :)

pm me your email address and i will send the goods sismylove <3

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Here is the Kale Salad: http://www.veggiefestchicago.org/view.php/mod/content/identified/18

Radiant Health & Inner Wealth with Tess Challis

Raw Catalonian Kale

The secret to tenderizing kale for use in raw dishes is to cut it finely and "massage" it with a marinade. However, this only takes minutes, and you’ll be very pleased with the fresh, delectable, uber-nourishing results! Recipe from The Two-Week Wellness Solution.  (See link below to order)

Ingredients
6 cups kale (lightly packed), washed well and drained
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon each: extra-virgin olive oil and agave nectar
3-5 medium cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced (I use 5 cloves)
1/4 cup raisins
8 Kalamata olives, pitted and quartered (or chopped)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions
Remove the stems from the kale and chop the kale leaves into thin ribbons (or just finely chop if you prefer). Place in a large bowl.

Add the lemon juice, olive oil, and agave nectar to the kale. Next, roll up your sleeves—this is about to get interesting. Using your hands, toss well to combine. Continue to work the liquids into the kale with your hands—you are "massaging" the marinade into the kale. Once the kale turns a darker shade of green and is softened, it’s ready for action.

Add the remaining ingredients to the kale mixture and stir well, using a spoon (or still using your hands if you’re having too much fun). Once the mixture is thoroughly combined, it’s good to go! This can either be served immediately or refrigerated in an airtight container for several days.

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Mm... sounds good...

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Mm... sounds good...

honestly kale salads seem scary but i am sure tess has a video to show how to "massage the kale" that is key... i thought i would always hate kale salads till i made this and everyone that has tried it loves it!

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