Superfood: Kale

kale dipKale is one of the world’s healthiest foods.  It’s known as the “queen of greens.” However, I will admit, I hadn’t had it purposefully until last weekend.  In fact, I wasn’t even sure if I would like it.  I fully believe that you can get anyone to like anything if you prepare it right or pair it with something yummy so that is what I intended to do!

For my first experience with Kale, I decided to play it safe with a dip.  I found this dip recipe on Pinterest (where all the best things are found) and followed it pretty closely because of my unfamiliarity with Kale.  Click here for the original recipe but I share my version below:

Kale Dip Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch green kale
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions: Discard the stems and thick ribs of the Kale and break the leaves into small pieces.  Heat the Kale, garlic and water in a saucepan for about 10 minutes until the kale is tender.  Stir occasionally.  Transfer to a food processor or blender (processor works much better!  I broke the one I was using half way through!! Oops!).  Let cool.  Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth.

Serve with baked tostitos, pita chips or veggies.  I also think this pairs great with wine… what doesn’t… 🙂

I must say this turned out so yummy and was very easy!  I will definitely share and make again!

Do you have any good Kale recipes worth sharing?  Please leave a comment with your fav recipe.

Learn more about Kale here: All Hail Kale!

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