What is kale?

The delicious leafy green is easy to prepare and has major nutritional benefits.

What are the nutritional benefits of kale?

Kale has gained tremendous popularity as a superfood in recent years for its high content of vitamins K and C, beta-carotene, calcium, and carotenoids and sulforaphane, which are known for their cancer-fighting properties.

How do you prepare kale?

Kale can be eaten raw or cooked and lends itself well to any dish calling for greens. To prepare a salad or other dish with raw kale, remove the coarse center stems, sprinkle with salt, and massage the leaves, a practice that essentially wilts and tenderizes them. Adding lemon juice or vinegar will further promote the softening of the leaves. Kale can be steamed, boiled, sautéed, or mixed into soups or stews. It is also a popular ingredient in juices and smoothies.

While some find kale unpalatable because of its coarse texture and somewhat bitter taste, many have embraced it as a sturdy, versatile ingredient, especially during winter months.

Kale recipes:

Meatless Mondays: Gnocchi With Wilted Baby Kale

Meatless Mondays: Baby Kale and Lentil Salad

Freshly washed kale. (Photo: Dana Hoff/Getty Images)

Meatless Mondays: Fried Potato Dumplings With Baby Kale

Diced Kabocha and Kale Salad

Delicata Squash With Kale and Potatoes

Kale Chips

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