Kale is a pretty versatile vegetable, and once you have a few recipes under your belt you’ll see just how well it plays with other foods, and how many different ways it can be used. Here we’ll show how you can incorporate kale into all three of your main meals, plus dessert, as well as include it in dishes inspired by a jaunt across the world. You just can’t go wrong with this nutritional powerhouse, and having a repertoire of go-to recipes is key.
1. Kale & Soy Chorizo Hash
This is nice because it’s a quick breakfast stir fry of sorts that includes everything you need to start the day off right. Try the antioxidants from the kale mixed with the fact that you’re skipping out on the meat but still getting protein and nutrients from the soy chorizo. Potatoes are added so it can live up to its hash title, and balance out the meal nicely for hours of energy after. You don’t have to make the soy chorizo from scratch, which is a good thing for a morning meal.
2. Quick & Dirty Kale & Egg Plate
This recipe proves that you don’t need to gussy up kale in order to enjoy it, you can let its natural flavor come through. They only have four ingredients in this recipe, so they’re keeping it really simple and fast. It’s good to know that as long as you have kale, eggs, and some seasonings you’re good to go in the morning and can have a hot, delicious, and nutritious meal, rather than settling for a bowl of cereal or worse, no breakfast at all. They also provide a good tip on how to enjoy a side of quinoa or brown rice with your meals without having to cook it every time you want it.
3. Tofu Scramble Breakfast Sandwiches
Breakfast sandwiches are a great idea because you can grab them and go in the morning, and eat them on your way into work. This one is unique because it doesn’t use any eggs. Instead it’s tofu that is standing in to provide the protein and other nutrients. This is a vegetarian way to go, and also manages to sneak some kale into it. The way to be sneaky with kale is to take away the ribby parts that are tough to chew. If you make sure to just use the leafy parts you’ll get the nutrition without all the chewing.
4. Kimchi Scramble
Kimchi is a staple in Korea and it is spicy fermented dish that is served with most meals, as well as incorporated into other very popular and traditional meals. Here’s they’re adding some kick to eggs and kale, so you’re not only getting the digestive benefits that come from eating kimchi, you’re getting protein from the eggs as well as all of the benefits of kale, including its iron and fiber. They’re using a pretty common form of gimchi, which uses cabbage, but they say you can use whatever you happen to have on hand.
5. Mushroom, Kale and Egg Stack
Can’t get much simpler than a recipe that includes all of its ingredients in the title. Three basic ingredients are all it takes for success here, and many people will love this because it appeals to several different diet programs, including Paleo and gluten-free. It’s also good for those that are cutting out grains, as it replaces an English muffin or biscuit from which would have made this look more like a breakfast sandwich. Portabello mushrooms are known for their meaty texture, and how they manage to fill you up. This is one breakfast that will cruise you through to lunch.
6. Butternut Squash, Kale and Garlic Scape Frittata
A frittata is a classic breakfast recipe and one that is often compared to a quiche. But you don’t have to make any sort of crust here, so you cut down on prep time and get you that much closer to eating your creation. They have this loaded with plenty of healthy ingredients including kale and butternut squash. What results is a meal that could just as easily have made it into other categories because it’s very hearty and also provides plenty of nourishment. It does a good job of combining different flavors and foods that you don’t’ typically see interacting with each other.
7. Scrambled Eggs with Kale and Prosciutto
Here’s a breakfast scramble that keeps things very basic, while using ingredients that you might find on a breakfast sandwich. It’s merely a matter of mixing in a serving of kale along with your scrambled eggs. And to add some more protein to the mix they’re using prosciutto. We’re guessing that if you don’t have any of that handy you can sub in some ham, lean ham if you’re trying to cut down on fat. The nice thing about this recipe is that as it’s shown it serves four so you can easily scale this up to feed a larger crowd.
8. Breakfast Burritos
We had to include this modern breakfast classic because it’s a fantastic way to bump up the nutritional value of breakfast burritos. Some might use spinach in their breakfast cooking, but kale gives things a different flavor profile, while piling on the vitamins and minerals. In fact, this recipe says you can use either spinach or kale. You’ll find hundreds of recipes have that same stipulation, and that’s because the two are pretty interchangeable when it comes to standing in for each other. This burrito is hands down more flavorful and less regrettable than a fast food breakfast burrito.
9. Egg Muffin Recipe with Peppers, Kale, and Cheddar
These muffins eat like a meal, and that’s because they’re not trying to appeal to your sweet tooth here. They’re basically putting a breakfast sandwich into muffin form, and you’ll get a yummy mix of peppers and kale, as well as a delicious amount of cheese for added flavor to the eggs that serve as the backdrop. What’s more handier than a breakfast in sandwich form? A breakfast in muffin form. Here you can make them a dozen at a time, which makes it great to cook up before a morning family outing or long road trip.
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