Food and Nutrition
Food and Nutrition
Food and Nutrition
Food and Nutrition

The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Kale Recipes

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We all know kale is good for us, but finding ways to add it to meals can sometimes be difficult. Whether you bake it, sautéed it, or eat it raw there are many ways that you can make this healthy food delicious.

What is Kale?

Kale is a leafy cruciferous vegetable that is part of the brassica family. Many people think of it as a lettuce but it is actually in the family with broccoli and Brussels sprouts.

There are many types of kale such as tuscan kale, lacinato kale, or purple kale. They are all good for you and can be used interchangeably most of the time.

How to Use Kale

Since kale is a leafy vegetable you can use it in salads. When using it in a salad, make sure to chop it up small and even let it sit in the dressing for 10-15 minutes to soften the leaves. Since kale is tougher than other lettuces it benefits from soaking up some dressing.

You can also saute kale to add it to pasta, veggie bowls, or stir fries.

Health Benefits of Kale

Kale is a leafy green vegetable that is low in calories and high in nutrients.Kale is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as minerals like calcium and potassium. Additionally, it is an excellent source of antioxidants and dietary fiber. Here are some of the health benefits of kale:

  1. Improves Digestive Health: Kale is rich in dietary fiber, which can help to promote digestive health by reducing inflammation in the gut, and supporting the growth of healthy gut bacteria.
  2. Boosts Immune System: Kale is packed with vitamins and minerals that support the immune system like vitamin C, vitamin A, and zinc.
  3. Reduces Inflammation: Kale contains antioxidants which can help to reduce inflammation throughout the body.
  4. Promotes Healthy Skin: The vitamin C and beta-carotene in kale can help to promote healthy skin by protecting against damage from UV rays and promoting collagen production.

The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Kale Recipes

These are my favorite kale recipes that one keep on repeat.

Close up of kale pesto.

Kale Pesto

Sigsbee Street

Kale salad topped with parmesan and croutons.

Simple Kale Salad

Sigsbee Street

Bowl of broccoli and kale pasta.

Super Green Broccoli and Kale Pesto Pasta

Sigsbee Street

Baby kale salad in a bowl topped with chickpeas.

Baby Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Sigsbee Street

Tofu and kale bowl.

Superfood Bibimbap Bowl with Crispy Tofu

Half Baked Harvest

Avocado Kale Caesar Salad with Sweet Potato Fries

Pinch of Yum

Kale Chips

Minimalist Baker

What are your favorite kale recipes? Share in the comments below.

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