Kale, the unsung hero of the vegetable world, finally gets its time in the spotlight. Sharon Hanna, author of The Book of Kale – The Easy-to-Grow Superfood, gives us all the essential information we need to know about this nutritious vegetable, from garden to kitchen.
Sharon starts her book with an introduction to kale and facts that should make kale a staple in everyone’s diet. “Of all vegetables (and foods) possible, kale receives a whopping 1,000 out of 1,000 in the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index scoring system… This means it is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet.” Kale is rich in provitamin-A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Calcium and other minerals that have an overall health benefit to the consumer. She also goes into the history of kale and its origins to growing your own kale garden.
With over 80 recipes in this book, Sharon gives a lot of ways to prepare kale as an addition to your diet, from starters to mains. Tender kale greens can provide an intense addition to salads, particularly when combined with other such tasty ingredients. When baked or dehydrated, Kale takes on a consistency similar to that of a potato chip, and is a much healthier alternative to regular potato chips. The chips can be seasoned with salt or other spices.
Curly Kale Chips
By no means am I an experienced cook. I have only just started to dabble in the kitchen with simple, easy dishes that would basically just satisfy my hunger. So, bearing that in mind, dear reader, the first recipe I tried was simplest one – kale chips. Seemed like a non-threatening dish that I could manage, right? Well, they did not come out as perfectly as I expected. I believe it was my mistake for not completely drying out the kale before baking. Of course the variety of kale that I picked had very curly leaves, either Blueridge or Winterbore kale, did not help. So, note to self: be smart and pick the ones with flat leaves for this dish. Of course, being unevenly cooked did not prevent me from eating the whole tray of kale without even taking a single picture. It’s a guilt-free snack that’s absolutely delicious!
The next dish that I tried was the meatloaf dish. Again, what can go wrong with meatloaf? Easy comfort food is always a good bet and it very well paid off! I followed the recipe to the letter and got a tasty meatloaf for dinner. It’s also an ingenious way to get kids to eat their greens in a well-disguised meal.
The Book of Kale by Sharon Hanna is definitely one of the must-reads for living healthy and eating well. It’s a piece of, er, kale!