Kale, Not Just For Salads Anymore!

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My Experience with Kale

I don’t recall the first time I heard of the ingredient, Kale.  One might say I’m behind the times, but I suspect it was likely within the past 5 years, if that long.  I’m 34 years of age and my cooking skills are in need of sharpening.  I love trying new foods and recipes.  While I may have seen or heard Kale being used on television cooking shows, I guess I never really paid it much attention.

Earlier this year, my colleagues went gaga for Paleo.  I’m not a huge fan of a carb-free life, but I found a small collection of recipes, enough to make a week’s worth of food, and both me and my family enjoyed it.  Of course, we added a few items that would not normally fall under approved foods for the Paleo lifestyle.  Overall, instead of a week’s worth of meals using (likely primarily) processed ingredients, we enjoyed primarily whole and real foods.

When I was given the opportunity to review 71 eBooks for the Harvest Your Health eBook Bundle Sale, a few books stuck out immediately.

About the Book

Crazy for Kale eBook featuring Gluten-Free and Dairy Free Recipes

Crazy for Kale by Hallie Klecker is a collection of 40 recipes using Kale.  The recipes are all Gluten-Free and Dairy Free.  Whether you have a gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance or not, the recipes look mighty tasty, especially if you love leafy greens.

The two times I’ve actually eaten Kale was only because the recipe called for it and the other was a salad I picked up at the Kroger Bistro.  I think it was a superfoods salad. That is what made realize I liked Kale it would eat it again.  So I picked up two bunches this weekend at the grocery store, recalling I had the Crazy for Kale eBook at my fingertips.

I picked out a recipe I thought I could make, Curried Carrots in Kale, only 1/2 way through prep, I realized I had no curry.  So, inspired by this recipe and two others I found online, I decided to go Mediterranean.  The Curried Carrots in Kale recipe from Crazy for Kale provided most of the inspiration I needed to create the dish.  However, I replaced the curry with soy sauce and baked it in the oven.  Served with Mediterranean Chicken thanks to Maggi’s So Juicy Mediterranean Herb Medley (#gotitfree from BzzAgent) and 4o lbs. of chicken from Zaycon Foods (#gotitfree from US Family Guide), my family could not believe how delicious it was, including myself.

The altered recipe I made will be posted on this site this week.  Stay tuned by subscribing to the daily or weekly newsletter, or you can follow me on social media.  Ways to follow can be found at the top of this page.

Crazy for Kale

I feel more confident after reading the included information about Kale, the types of Kale, Kale’s benefits to your health, not to mention the tips on storing Kale, preparing Kale, cooking with Kale and using Kale in Smoothies.

The Recipes in Crazy for Kale

Crazy for Kale contains 40 recipes to get you started with using Kale.  These recipe types include:

  • Smoothies and Drinks
  • Salads
  • Side Dishes
  • Main Dishes
  • Snacks and Sweet Treats

A variety of no-cook and cooked recipes are included, using basic equipment most households will have on hand including skillet, dutch oven, conventional oven, blender, food processor and more.

Overall

The recipes themselves are easy to read, as well as the general information included about Kale.  The best part about the recipes is that they’re not too complex.  You don’t need a Rachael Ray kitchen and pantry to make these Kale recipes.  The photography is great and I just love the little tips at the bottom.

I’m mostly looking forward to trying the smoothies.  I’d love to be able to make my own versus buying high priced commercially distributed products.

I’ve really enjoyed this eBook so far and I’m looking forward to trying more recipes using Kale.  I have another bunch that I’ll need to use this week, though I suspect I’ll be going to the store to snag some more Kale.  For a busy, working mother, it’s important that I find nutritious, yet easy to prepare recipes that allow me to incorporate variety into my go-to routine.

I definitely recommend Crazy for Kale, whether using Kale is new to you or you’re more experienced with it.  Crazy for Kale can be purchased as part of the Harvest Your Health eBook Bundle Sale featuring over 71 eBooks, as well as discount codes, meal plans, magazines and more for just $37.  Crazy for Kale can also be purchased individually.

Harvest Your Health eBook Bundle Sale

To learn more about the Harvest Your Health eBook Bundle sale, click the image below.

Sale ends 10/14/2013.

71 eBooks plus bonuses for only $37

71 eBooks plus bonuses for $37

 

 

 

 

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