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Kale, this super food is one of the healthiest vegetables you can incorporate into almost meal. A mere serving of this green powerhouse veggie is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K, as well as beneficial fatty acids.

So get crazy for kale and try this versatile veggie in breakfast omelets, sandwiches, casseroles, side dishes, stir fries, salads, appetizers and fresh spring-inspired recipes, like these…

 

1. Kale and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese

It’s so comforting when fresh veggies and cheese come together between two slices of toasty toast. That’s exactly what happens in this ooey-gooey grilled cheese sammie—made with kale, red onions, and grated Parmesan and raclette cheeses.

Source: Cooking Light

2. Raw Kale, Grapefruit, and Toasted Hazelnut Salad

Talk about super foods! This delicious salad is abundant in nutrients—including kale, pink grapefruit, toasted hazelnuts, plain yogurt, olive oil, and fresh lemon juice.  Enjoy a bowl of this tasty salad that’s high in vitamins and healthy fats for a dish that’s heart-healthy!

Source: Health.com

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3. Squash-and-Kale Toasts

I love kale—particularly for its versatility. Take this tostada recipe for example, crispy peasant bread slices brushed with olive oil and topped with soft squash, chopped kale, fresh garlic, and shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese!

Source: Food and Wine

4. Kale Smoothie

This green smoothie provides all the zip you’ll need to energize your day. It starts with 1 cup of kale, add a ½ a chopped apple, banana, and nutty-flavored almond milk to round out this frothy, vibrant shake.

Source: Canadian Living

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5. Lasagna with Sausage and Kale

Mmmm, do you dream about creamy ricotta cheese, tender kale, juicy cherry tomatoes, and spicy sausage layered between thick lasagna noodles. This hearty pasta casserole bakes up golden in the oven and tastes even better the next day as leftovers.

Source: Martha Stewart

6. Bean and Chicken Sausage Stew

A satisfying yet light one-pot meal for spring, this bean, chicken sausage, and kale stew is the perfect potluck or campfire meal. Just throw all the ingredients into one pot—kale, white beans, low-sodium broth, chicken sausage, fresh garlic and diced tomatoes—and serve up steaming portions alongside crusty buns.

 

Source: Real Simple

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7. Slow-Cooked Kale Omelet

For out-of-the ordinary eggs, dig into this slow-cooked kale omelet, which is really just a personal-sized 12-inch frittata—folded over a zesty filling of goat cheese, fresh garlic, dried chilies, yellow onions, and rosemary—and slow cooked until the edges are golden-crisp!

Source: Sprouted Kitchen

8. Sesame Noodles with Kale

Another satisfying one-pot-wonder, this colorful entrée or side dish is made with lots of vibrant green kale, toasted sesame seeds, udon or soba noodles (I often use rice noodles too), and the nutty flavor of toasted sesame oil and tangy tamari.

 

Source: Vegetarian Times

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Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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