5 Kale-Based Recipes That You Must Try At Home For Holidays
The holidays can be stressful, and if you are trying to stay healthy with your food choices, you don’t always want to cook something different. In addition, it can create more anxiety to know you have extra dishes to make so that you can ensure you are making healthy choices.
Although a beautiful addition to any meal that provides extensive health benefits, kale is not everyone’s top choice to have in their meals. However, incorporating kale into your meals around the holidays can go a long way to helping you feel better since it is packed with antioxidants, fiber, calcium, and vitamins for good nutrition. The good news is that there are plenty of healthy kale options that are both festive and delicious. Your whole family can enjoy tasting these recipes during the holidays. They are simple and can be used with a variety of different dishes so that you are not limited, and you don’t have to make separate meals for yourself.
Here are five excellent kale-based recipes that you must try during the holidays this year.
Caesar Salad recipe with Baby Kale
How about a healthy beginner’s salad? This kale salad can go well with any main entree you wish to serve. Instead of regular lettuce or only using romaine, this easy-to-mix-together salad uses the organic, no pesticides Bowery Farming brand baby kale as its foundation. Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned caesar salad? You can even mix in some grilled chicken or seasoned fish to make it more of a main dish. And with added toppings like croutons and parmesan cheese, it is very sure to please everyone’s taste buds this holiday season.
Kale Pesto Pizza
Most people enjoy pizza, and why not make it a quick, easy meal and add some kale to it as well? Pesto is ridiculously easy to make, and you can also mix kale in the sauce for the pizza. With a splash of lemon juice for some tart flavor and creamy mozzarella on top, this pizza will be a big hit for all during the holidays. If you have picky eaters, you can even hide the kale underneath the cheese so they don’t suspect that it’s too healthy for them. Of course, you can also add other toppings like salami or pepperoni, onions, and more – there’s no way you can go wrong with this recipe!
Crispy Baked Kale with Gruyere Cheese
Onion, garlic, kale, and delicious spices make up this one-of-a-kind kale dish. Plant-based dishes can help make your cold seasons warmer, and this one will make a welcome substitute for your standard greens served alongside your turkey or ham at holiday dinner. And of course, it has the bonus of delicious, crispy sourdough bread croutons on top. You can switch out the gruyere with any cheese you like, and you can also crisp up a different bread if you’d like. You also have the option of making this dish ahead of time and storing it overnight to bake the next day, which can be a great relief during the holiday season.
Sausage, Potato and Kale Soup
When it is cold outside, soup can be welcome comfort food for everyone. This hearty soup will warm your belly and fill you up. Many people choose to call this Tuscan soup or “Zuppa Toscana,” but it doesn’t contain the beans or extra vegetables and bread in its original form. This soup does not disappoint, though. And you can use cream or milk to help thicken the chicken broth base and add more variations of veggies such as carrots, celery, and fresh spinach for some added flavors. And if you want to skip the sausage, you can make it a vegetarian dish all on its own as well.
Spicy Kale and Coconut Stir Fry
If you are a family of spicy foods, this is a perfect stir fry dish to enjoy. It includes some Thai-inspired flavors, including lime, cilantro, and sriracha. You can even add in extra vegetables like you would in any average stir fry. The rice needs to be made and chilled ahead of time to fry it along with the veggies. The eggs add extra protein and give it a more rich, full flavor. You can keep it vegetarian or add in some spicy meat to make it a meal. You can also save and eat the next day again, so you don’t have to worry about leftovers.
Grilling your kale can help give it a toasty flavor, and you can bake it just to make simple kale chips with olive oil and salt and pepper for a simple kale side. However, the smartest way to prepare your kale is to blanch it so that it doesn’t burn. So enjoy these incredible and healthy kale-based meals for your holiday season.
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