I love kale. I always have a big bag of it in my fridge. It's the perfect ingredient to add to smoothies, soups and stews. It lasts well in the salad drawer too.

Why else do I love it? Because it's a superfood. 1 cup of kale contains more calcium than a glass of milk, more vitamin C than an orange and more than 100% of your daily recommended amount of  vitamin A. It has folate for brain development and lots of fibre to help you feel full and level out your blood sugar.

Go on give it a go!

Here are 10 fabulous recipes to get you started:

 

A Simple Winter Vegetable Soup with Kale, Leek and Parsnip

Winter vegetable soup with kale, leek and parsnip

This is a simple light broth full of vegetables, barley, herbs and kale.

Don't be polite! Go on, dunk some crusty buttered bread.

Get the recipe here: Franglais Kitchen

 

Beetroot and Kale Soup with Almond Crumble

Beetroot and kale soup with almond crumble

Feeling tired and sluggish? This is the soup for you. It's full of nutrient packed vegetables and topped with kale and almond crumble for a lovely healthy crunch.

Get the recipe here: Ren Behan

 

Artichoke, Kale, and Ricotta Pie with Eggs and Parmesan

Artichoke, Kale, and Ricotta Pie with Eggs and Parmesan

Such a simple and delicious pie. Think of a quiche without the crust and add any vegetables you have in the fridge.

Get the recipe here: Kalyn's Kitchen

 

White Bean Stew with Winter Squash and Kale

White bean stew with winter squash and kale

A simple, but hearty one-pot stew with beans, squash, bell peppers and lots of lovely spices. This dish is sure to go down a storm and would be a great freezer standby.

Get the recipe here: Fat Free Vegan

 

Pasta Fagioli with Cranberry, Beans and Kale

Pasta Fagioli with Cranberry, Beans and Kale

Another great recipe from Susan, this time a traditional meatless Italian recipe. Like many of today's favourites this was originally an inexpensive peasant dish.

Get the recipe here: Fat Free Vegan

 

Cheesey Mashed Tatties and Kale

Cheesy mashed tatties and kale

I can never say no to mash and this one looks extra special with the added cheese and greens. It would be perfect alongside Susan’s White Bean Stew or the Pasta Fagioli.

Get the recipe here: Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary

 

Supergreen Kale and Pistachio Pesto (dairy free)

Supergreen kale and pistachio pesto

Homemade pesto is in a league of it’s own. It's so tasty and it can be made in a few minutes. Use it  to top bruschetta, swirl it through pasta or spread it on a wrap before adding some roasted vegetables. This one is made with kale and pistachios instead of the traditional basil and pine nuts.

Get the recipe here: Food to Glow

 

One Pan Squash and Kale with Sour Cherries and Pecans

One pan squash and kale with sour cherries and pecans

This is a great side dish, but I substantial enough to serve as a main course. Squash, leeks, focaccia herbs and spices all baked to crispy golden perfection!

Get the recipe here: Food to Glow

 

Smokey Bean Casserole

Smokey bean casserole

A tasty casserole made in under 15 minutes. How can you resist? Fragrant turmeric, smoked paprika, cumin and ginger flavour the cannellini beans. Great for midweek dinners. Katy suggests serving this with mashed potato. An excellent plan!

Get the recipe here: Little Miss Meat Free

 

Kale and Lemon Muffins

Kale and lemon muffins

Let’s finish with something sweet to enjoy at the end of a meal or with a cuppa. Zingy lemon muffins with little specks of green.

Get the recipe here: Veggie Desserts

 

Jacqueline Meldrum is a freelance food writer and recipe developer. Jacqueline blogs at Tinned Tomatoes.

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