10 Ways to Eat Kale | Recipe Roundup

When I was younger and didn’t know about Kale or any greens other than canned spinach for that matter, I would have never imagined that I would be craving something intensely green and leafy. But after living with a veggie box as my primary source of produce for 6 years where greens filled out the box for 6 months of each year, I learned that you can do so much with kale, chard and all the others. I now always find myself missing greens in the summer when they don’t grow so well. So when winter rolls around and they are everywhere, I now get excited!

10 Ways to Eat Kale (and Kale Substitutes)

Kale has been the popular kid of the group for awhile, but collards, chard and beet greens can all be substituted for kale in most of these recipes. (Sidenote: Did you know it’s cheaper sometimes to buy beets with the greens rather than without. It’s like buying two veggies in one for a discount!) Anyway, back to kale, at the bottom of this post you will see my simple way of preparing greens for a side dish or to serve over rice, pasta or polenta but when you’re wanting something a little more interesting, here are my top 10 ways to eat kale because life is too short to just drink your greens!

Sweet and Spicy Sauteed Kale

This is the easiest way to prepare any kind of greens when you are just serving them with a side dish. This can also serve as a simple topping for polenta if you want to go even easier than the link I published above. Add Italian Sausage for a more substantial meal. The lemon juice (or vinegar) and raisins are great flavor balancers so don’t leave them out.


  • a good glug of olive oil

  • 3 cloves of sliced garlic

  • 1/2 small onion, chopped, optional

  • a large pinch of red pepper flakes, optional

  • a handful of raisins, optional

  • 1 bunch of greens or around 8-10 cups of coarsely chopped greens, tough stems removed

  • 1/2 cup water or chicken stock

  • kosher or sea salt to taste

  • squeeze of lemon juice or splash of vinegar


  • Place the olive oil, garlic, onion, red pepper and raisins in a large skillet over high heat.
  • Once these start sizzling, pile in the greens, add water or chicken stock, 1 teaspoon or so of salt and toss.
  • The greens will wilt depending on how mature they are within 5-10 minutes. If they are really substantial like collards, you can cover them and turn them down to medium low for 15-20 minutes. You don’t want them to turn grey or a drab olive color so limit the time with the lid on.
  • When they are tender enough for your taste, they are done.
  • You can store them in your fridge and use for all kinds of quick recipes or serve right away.

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  1. Anna on January 15, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Great list – thanks for including my Kale Polenta Lasagna, it’s one of my favorite healthy comfort meals!

    • Christi Flaherty on January 16, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Hi Anna. Yes, you can’t go wrong on a chilly night with polenta! thebabybumpdiaries.comx

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