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Kale For Keeps

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Sunday, February 08, 2015

Kale is everywhere these days, from chips and juices to nail polish and skin lotion. Now everywhere includes your freezer.

Earthbound Farm Organic Kale can sit there quietly until you're in the mood for a super-star green. Then it goes straight from freezer to recipe with no washing or chopping.

You can pick up decent frozen kale from Stahlbush Island Farms, Trader Joe's, or Whole Foods 365 Organic, but they're second best next to Earthbound's irresistible, flavorful leaves.

You won't be thinking about the vitamin A (110% of a day's worth), vitamin C (60%), and calcium (10%) that are listed on the package. Or the load of lutein and vitamin K in each 25-calorie 1/3 cup serving.

Just throw a handful from the freezer into your soup or pasta sauce. Or run some under warm water for a minute, squeeze out the excess water, chop, and toss into your salad.

Or sauté some minced garlic in olive oil, add frozen kale, and stir-fry over medium-high heat until the greens are tender, about 2 to 3 minutes. Mushroom fan? Slice in some baby bellas right after the garlic.

Don't feel like turning on a burner? Place half the bag's contents in the microwave for 2 minutes. For the entire bag, double the time. (You shouldn't need the 7 to 9 minutes that Earthbound suggests.) Then drizzle with olive oil. You'll devour it on the spot.


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