Kale's dark green or purple leaves bring serious nutrition to the table. Prepare it with these easy recipes - from kale, lentil, and chicken soup to roasted kale with olive oil and sea salt - and you'll quickly have a new favorite green vegetable.

How to Cook Kale

Like other dark leafy greens, kale is a powerhouse of nutrition. It's loaded with vitamins A, C and K, and is even a good source of calcium and iron. Kale makes a popular dinnertime dish in many regions of the world. If you're not sure how to cook kale, try this simple sauteed version that delivers a deluxe combination of flavors, including subtle hints of garlic and red pepper juxtaposed with a blast of sherry vinegar.

Pear-and-Pecan-Stuffed Squash

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Sweet fruit and hearty nuts form the filling for this stuffed squash side dish. Serve it up alongside roasted chicken, shrimp, or even peas for a meal the whole family will love.

One-Pot Ham and Greens Pasta

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On a busy night, turn to this quick one-pot pasta dinner. Serve with a bowl of berries and cream for dessert to cover all of your nutrition bases.

Total: 20 mins

Parmesan Kale Chips

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Wilted Greens and Egg Salad

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Quick, delicious, and healthy, this dish is a great weeknight dinner optionor a nutritious way to kick start your day.

Total: 30 mins

Dino Kale Saute

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Sprinkle wilted kale with toasted bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, and a squeeze of lemon. High in vitamins A and C, this healthful high-fiber side dish recipe is fast and easy to make.

Kale with Harissa

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For a fresh take on bruschetta, top toasted crostini with kale that's coated in a slightly spicy North African-inspired dressing.

Danish Gronkaal Soup (Green Kale Soup)

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Kale -- a cruciferous vegetable and member of the cabbage family -- packs this Danish soup with ample amounts of Vitamin A and C. Store kale no longer than three days on your refrigerator; longer storage results in strong-flavored, limp-leaved kale.

Vegetable-Loaded Pasta Bake

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Italian Greens, Beans, and Vegetable Stew

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Ladle up bowls of this nutritional powerhouse. It's low in fat, too.

Total: 35 mins

Sausage and White Bean Stew with Kale

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Crispy Kale Chips


Kale is having a moment, and for a good reason! The green leaves are packed with low-calorie nutrition. Toss them with some olive oil and spices and bake for homemade Crispy Kale Chips.

Roasted Kale and Red Onions

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This tasty side dish recipe is a perfect combination of balsamic vinegar, kale, and red onion.

Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

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Salt and vinegar potato chip fans can cut carbs but keep all the flavor and crunch with this kale chip recipe.

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