Kale recipes for a healthy meal, including Lorraine pascale's pan-fried kale recipe, chorizo, chickpea and kale stew and salmon and kale filo pie
Kale is the superfood everyone’s been talking about recently. Considering its nutritional benefits, we’re not surprised. From the same family as cabbage, kale is packed full of vitamins K, A, C, fiber and iron (among others) and its risk-lowering benefits have been extended to include more than 5 different types of cancer.
Not only is it bursting with health benefits, kale is also a very versatile vegetable – perfect as either a side dish to grilled meat or fish, in soups or as the base for salads.
The reasons for using kale in your cooking, however, extend beyond its health benefits; in season for 8 months out of the year (between June and February), it’s a low-cost way to get all the goodness your body needs to get you through the winter months in particular.
There are several varieties of kale although the kind you are most likely to find in the supermarkets is curly kale which is deep green in colour (sometimes it is purple) and has ruffled leaves. It is usually quite fibrous in texture, particularly the stalks which may need to be torn off, but it will soften when it is cooked.
The easiest way to prepare your kale is to steam it – this takes no longer than 5 minutes and once you have seasoned it well, it’s the ideal accompaniment to most meat and fish. If you’re looking to do something a little different with it, however, then why not try our delicious beetroot, kale and feta salad (pictured). The colours in the salad are warm and wintry and it makes for a light, warm lunch on a cold day.
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With the long nights and cold weather, there's nothing better than coming home to a warm, hearty stew. This chorizo, chickpea and potato stew with kale will warm you up even on the coldest of evenings.
The kale and fish compliment each other perfectly in this salmon and kale filo pie recipe and it puts an original twist on a classic pie recipe - perfect for vegetarian guests!
If you're looking to make an easy, hassle-free healthy dinner or lunch, then give our Chinese prawn and kale stir-fry a go. Ready in no time and absolutely delicious, you can't go wrong with this one!
The Fresno chilli in this spiced duck skewer and wok-fried kale recipe gives the kale a slight kick but is balanced out by the lemon when squeezed on at the end. This is a lovely side to the delicious duck skewers!
The kale, pointed cabbage and spinach in this baked cod and bacon recipe really compliment the fish excellently and make a wonderful side.
This duck and healthy greens salad is a lovely dish to make when expecting guests as everyone can serve themselves and the duck looks wonderful served on the bed of kale and greens.
There's nothing better on a cold winter's evening than a delicious, warming soup. Give our Tuscan sausage and bean soup a go - not only is it really filling but it's good for you too!
You'll be doing both your body and tastebuds a favour with this healthy stir-fried greens with goats cheese and walnuts salad. A warm salad makes for the perfect lunch on a cold day.
This slow-braised pork belly with wilted greens is a really simple, hearty one-pot dish.
These beautiful kale pesto and curd cheese crostini are sure to impress guests - they're not only delicious but the colours are wonderful too!