Kale Broccoli Slaw

Kale Slaw

Since my kids will eat kale and broccoli slaw, I combined them together to make this Kale Broccoli Slaw.¬†It is fabulous with dried cranberries, almonds and the Greek yogurt tangy, sweet dressing. Broccoli slaw only has 25 calories per servings and 120% of daily needs of Vitamin C. Kale is a powerhouse of nutrition with so many health benefits to name. This makes a great starter or side to serve with meats, poultry or seafood. I also like it for a quick, healthy lunch (on top of arugula). Enjoy and happy weekend on it’s way (finally).

Salmon and Kale Pasta

This week I assigned our dinner menu to my my youngest son, Zachary. He came up with a great menu of pizza night, fajitas night, and the amazing idea for a pasta with fresh salmon and kale. I came up with this Salmon and Kale Pasta recipe, and all three of my kids loved it. My oldest son, Alec, talked about healthy it was with the protein, vegetable and carbohydrate all in one. He said it was a great dinner after his playoff basketball game (of course, he won that night). They have already asked me to make it again. ūüôā

Kale Almond Pesto

If you like kale and pesto, you will love this Kale Almond Pesto recipe. I thought is was so funny. My youngest son came home from school and started eating this as a dip with crackers. Proud mom moment! I love that my 3 kids are kale fans! See my post on MindBodyGreen on the health benefits of eating kale. This recipe is perfect served with fish, chicken or steak or mixed with pasta. It’s super easy to make too, and I think I just may make it to serve alongside our Thanksgiving turkey. Happy Friday everyone! So grateful for everyone of you who came by to read this post. Love, Alison

Kale Frittata Recipe

I love making Frittatas so I thought why not a Kale Frittata recipe? I added red bell pepper, leeks, Parmesan and feta and oh, it was fabulous! Add any of your favorite vegetables such as mushrooms, onion, tomato, or other greens such as collards or swiss chard. Kale, one of the top super-foods, is so healthy for you and inexpensive. This is a great way to use it up, using 31/2 cups of fresh kale. Serve with a side salad and you’ll have a great holiday brunch, lunch main course, or a “what’s for dinner “recipe. Enjoy!

Kale Orzo Salad

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know that my three kids are big fans of kale. I thought spring was the perfect time to come up with a Kale Orzo Salad recipe since it pairs nicely with grilled chicken or kabobs. This recipe also is perfect for spring or summer picnics or for a sunday side dish. Add grilled shrimp or chicken to make it a one dish meal or serve over arugula for a healthy lunch.

Stuffed Shells with Kale: Kid Friendly

Who else is really into kale? I am, and it’s awesome that my 3 kids love it too. Not only is it so healthy, but it is very inexpensive and a lot goes such a long way. This recipe for Stuffed Shells with Kale is one of my newest favorites and was inspired by my friend, Kelley of Mountain Mama Cooks. I saw it on her blog, and I made it right away. My kids loved the recipe too so it goes on our family favorites list. Feel free to add other vegetables, beef or sausage, to change it up a bit. It’s perfect for weeknight dinners or even Valentines Day!

Kale Salad: Family Friendly, Gluten Free and Healthy

If you are trying to eat healthy and want to get your year started off right, this Kale Salad recipe is ideal. I recently made this for the kids, and they loved it. It is great on its own as a salad or side dish, served over arugula or greens or even mixed into a salad with chicken, shrimp or fish. For some information on health benefits of kale, see my article on the 10 health benefits in MindBodyGreen or how kale can save your sex life in this article (which I did not write) in MindBodyGreen. I hope you will enjoy this family-friendly, simple vegetarian recipe anytime of the year.

Kale Lasagna

Lately, lasagna has been on my brain. Since my three kids eat kale, I thought I would create a Kale Lasagna which turned out to be an absolute hit. Kale is so healthy for you, being called “the new beef”, full of vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Calcium, Iron and antioxidants. Cook it like spinach, or you can always make my kid’s favorite,¬†Kale Chips. Enjoy this recipe as the temperatures get cooler for a healthy and hearty weekend or weeknight dinner. It would also be fun to serve on Halloween night.

Healthy Side Dish: Lemon Kale with Walnuts

If you’re looking for a healthy side dish to add to your weeknight table or Thanksgiving or Christmas menus, I definitely have one for you. Lemon-Walnut Kale only takes 15 minutes to prepare, and it’s full of fresh vitamins, protein and so many health benefits. Kale is super healthy with more iron than beef, and it’s loaded with calcium, fiber, omega-3 acids and more. It’s said to have detoxifying properties, cancer and heart disease fighting properties and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Just cook it like you would spinach, and top it with your favorite ingredients. It’s going on my holiday table menu this year for sure.

Virginia Willis New Cookbook Giveaway & Winter Greens and Butternut Squash Gratin Recipe

I was fortunate to meet Virginia Wills several years ago, and I had the pleasure and honor to co-speak with her last year at Food Blog South. Last fall, I¬†attended an event in Atlanta where she previewed some of her recipes for her new book, “From Basic to Brilliant”. I couldn’t wait for it to be released.¬†Virginia is a graduate of¬†¬†L‚ÄôAcademie de Cuisine¬†and¬†Ecole de Cuisine LaVarenne¬†and, previously, was the Kitchen Director for¬†Martha Stewart Living.¬†Virginia expands on her incredible style in this 150 recipe cookbook where she offers incredible preparation and presentation techniques (her writing is amazing too). This recipe for Winter Greens and Butternut Squash Gratin is just one of the many stellar recipes in this book. I served it to company this weekend on a cold evening, and I received rave reviews. Her amazingly beautiful photos were taken by¬†Helene Dujardin of Tartlette. “From Basic to Brilliant” can be found at Amazon or any of your favorite online stores as well as¬†bookstores nationwide.

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‚ÄúReprinted with permission from¬†Basic to Brilliant, Y‚Äôall: 150 Refined Southern Recipes and Ways to Dress Them Up for Company¬†by Virginia Willis, copyright ¬© 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.‚ÄĚ

Photo credit: Helene Dujardin © 2011