Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A to Z Blog Challenge: K is for...

Maybe this word goes along with the whole exercise kick I've been on but I'm loving this vegetable right now, so I have to share.

So K is for: Kale!

(I know. You're probably thinking, "For real, Jennifer?" Yes, for real.) LOL

Did you know that Kale is the mother of all vegetables? That Kale is the "queen of greens"? That Kale is a nutritional powerhouse? And that Kale is one of THE healthiest vegetables on the planet?

Well, it is. So there.

Which is why I have been eating so much of lately. That, and the fact that I think it's so tasty. :-) In fact, I've been craving it a lot. (And no I'm not pregnant). But I have been on a kale kick lately. My friend even gave me a great soup recipe that I've been having almost daily for lunch. The best part of this recipe is that there are no real measurements. You just kind of dump everything together. Bonus!

Vegetable Soup with Kale:

Saute in a soup pan, one small white onion, lots of garlic, a few sticks of celery chopped, a few sticks of carrots chopped, and a few sticks of parsnips chopped in a small amount of olive oil.

Once veggies are softened and garlic browned, add a quart of organic chicken broth and 4 cups of water to the mix. Add one can diced tomatoes with juice. Add one head of fresh cauliflower (cut up) Add one head of kale (cut in small pieces) Let all come to boil. Then cover and lower heat and simmer until all veggies are tender.

Voila! You can add some salt, if you want. And I add LOTS of fresh pepper. I LOVE this soup. I eat it a lot. And it's sooooooooooooo good for you too!



Try it!



Have you ever tried kale? Did you know how healthy it is for you?

24 comments:

mooderino said...

Not eating it. Can't make me.

scarlet wilson said...

mooderino

Love your comment! You actually had me laughing out loud - it's like being at home with the kids!

Ocean Girl said...

At least you could come up with a K;) It is a tough letter.

Sounds tasty and healthy.

Tabitha Bird said...

I did know kale was healthy, but I've never tried it. I guess I'll have to now :)

Jessica R. Patch said...

Um, pass?! I watched a TV show last night and the big thing they were eating was Kale--actually one character was threatening another to make them eat it!!

Wendy Paine Miller said...

You know, I can honestly say I don't think I've ever eaten kale, but my sister named her dog kale so that makes up for it. ;)
~ Wendy

Kristen Painter said...

I prefer to think K is for Kristen. Just saying.

Joanne said...

I've never had kale, at least not that I know of. I'll definitely keep my eye open for it now though, and give it a try ...

Josh Hoyt said...

I have never eaten Kale and don't even know what it looks like. I guess I'll have to look it up. Isn't the internet wonderful :)

damyantiwrites said...

Love the recipe, must try it! I'm a recent convert to Kale, and though it is an acquired taste, it does not deserve the bad taste rap it receives.

Jessica Nelson said...

That actually sounds really delicious!

Laura Marcella said...

I don't know if I've had kale. But I'm always up for trying new foods, especially healthy ones. I'll have to give this one a go!

Stephanie Faris said...

I don't even know if I've ever even tried it. Sad, huh?

Stephanie said...

I have one of those super secret restaurant recipe books...so we like to make Olive garden's Zuppa Toscana..it has Kale!! But we lighten up the recipe with fat free half n half and turkey Italian sausage. Tastes just as good!!

Diane said...

That PX90 is doing something to your brain when there is that level of excitment over kale!!! :O)

Beth Mann said...

You are so funny, Jennifer! Have you tried making kale chips? I saw them on the Today show the other day, and I really want to make them!

Tamika: said...

I love most green vegetables. Kale reminds me of mustard greens- my fav!

Thanks for the soup recipe, it sounds delicious:)

Linda G. said...

Mmmm...I love kale! Yum.

M Pax said...

I like chard and spinach better, and beet greens. But kale is OK.

Name: Holly Bowne said...

I admit it, I've never had kale. In fact, I'm not sure I'd even recognize kale if I saw it. But I'm going to print out this recipe and give it a whirl. We've been making a concentrated effort to eat more veggies. Thanks!

Craig Edwards said...

I wonder what Cale Yarborough would think of your Kale Soup? Great post! Cheers!

Lynn said...

The soup sounds delicious. We're expecting a spring snow storm so I'm thinking a delicious healthy soup may cheer me up. Thanks for the recipe!

Susanne Drazic said...

The soup sounds yummy and very easy to make. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks, Jennifer!

Admin said...

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