Kale is often referred to as a ‘superfood’, a term that helps define foods that are densely packed with nutrients, such as highly powerful antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids that, when incorporated into the diet, will help to nourish the body, promoting health from the inside out.
“Densely packed with nutritional value, this humble green leafy vegetable is a superfood with plenty of appealing health benefits,” says author Rena Patten.
Her latest book, Cooking with Kale, Patten shows us how to incorporate kale into our everyday diet with filling and tasty recipes for pancakes, smoothies, salads, snacks, soups, muffins, stir-fries, pasta dishes, curries and much more.
Here are 3 of our favourite ways to make use of it in your weekly meals.
Replace traditional rocket or basil with Kale for a delicious superfood alternative. Use this pesto to serve with pasta or over rice or cooked quinoa. Pesto will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Kale with Chorizo Sausage and Eggs
Looking for a delicious breakfast recipe that’s tasty and healthy. This dish combines delicious chorizo with the health benefits of kale and eggs and is ideal for breakfast, brunch, lunch or a light supper.
Tomatoes with Lentils and Kale
A hearty cold-weather dinner meal, serve on its own or over some cooked quinoa or rice with a generous dollop of creamy yoghurt. The lentils will boost the fibre and iron in this meal.