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10 Tasty and Healthy Kale Recipes You Shouldn’t Miss

10 Tasty and Healthy Kale Recipes You Shouldn’t Miss

Kale. It’s what’s for dinner. More and more people are trying to incorporate this deep green leaf into their everyday eating. And that’s a good thing. Kale is high in iron, Vitamin K, C and A and has antioxidants that can help prevent various cancers.

Getting kale into your diet is a great way to boost your health. However, if you’re used to seeing kale as that tough little green next to your burger at the diner, then you need to look over these recipes and get some fresh ideas.

1. Sweet Pepper Pasta with Kale

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    Nothing boosts traditional pasta like peppers and kale. Tossed with a little olive oil, you can turn pasta on its head and make this nutritious, vegetarian dish. If you don’t want it vegetarian, add your favorite sausage or some chicken. This makes a wonderful, healthy, potluck meal too.

    2. Sauteed Kale

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      Sauteed kale is pretty traditional, but also pretty delicious. Bobby Flay uses only the baby kale leaves in this recipe and tosses it with a little olive oil and vinegar for a truly spring-like dish. Put this next to your favorite fish dish or try it with a steak. You can even throw in other vegetables you like and saute them with the kale to add texture and flavor.

      3. Kale Salad with Miso and Pistachios

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        Pistachios and sesame seeds give this salad a nutty kick and the vinegary miso dressing adds its own appeal.

        4. Chicken and Kale Casserole

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          Comfort food and health food all in one. Martha definitely knows how to bake it right—with ricotta and parmesan cheeses, this chicken and kale casserole is a delightful twist on traditional Italian pasta bakes.

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          5. Panfried Kale

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            As the Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond says, “Kale is best when prepared simply.” And this pan fried kale is simple, yummy and easy to make. A little olive oil and garlic in the skillet keeps this kale bright green and super tasty.

            6. Kale, Apple and Pancetta Salad

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              Kale, apples and bacon-y pancetta? What’s not to love? This salad is an excellent replacement for slaw at a barbecue or an upscale side dish at a dinner party. Make sure the kale is nicely shredded and the apples thinly sliced for super presentation and ease of eating!

              7. Shrimp with Kale and Shiitakes

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                Shrimp, kale, shiitake mushrooms all contribute to a smoky flavored, distinctive side dish. This is the perfect way to say goodbye to winter vegetables while watching the trees finally turn green outside.

                8. Smoky Cauliflower and Potato Soup with Kale

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                  Comforting, creamy, healthy and soulful, this soup has it all. It’s also vegan for those who might need a recipe, and a great soup to bring to a sick friend or one who’s feeling low. How wonderful to eat this soup on a rainy day knowing you’re being nourished at the same time.

                  9. Lemony Kale Caesar Salad

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                    Keep it simple with a lemon fresh kale salad that works with any protein, especially seafood, chicken or a fantastic steak.

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                    10. Garlic-y Mushrooms and Kale

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                      For someone, like me, who adores both mushrooms and garlic, putting them in with the kale and making a side dish of all of it is just perfect. Poach an egg and put in on top of the kale or serve with a side of creamy polenta for a truly comforting kale experience.

                       

                      Explore different ideas with kale and other greens as well. As you get used to having greens around, incorporate them into a variety of dishes. Spinach, collard greens, mustard greens (which add a little spice) and others all work well in most of these recipes. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and try something new—and then let us know what you came up with.

                      Featured photo credit: Jennifer via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                      If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                      1. Breathe

                      The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                      • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                      • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                      • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                      Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                      2. Loosen up

                      After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                      Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                      3. Chew slowly

                      Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                      Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                      Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                      4. Let go

                      Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                      The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                      It’s not. Promise.

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                      Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                      Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                      21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                      5. Enjoy the journey

                      Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                      Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                      6. Look at the big picture

                      The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                      Will this matter to me…

                      • Next week?
                      • Next month?
                      • Next year?
                      • In 10 years?

                      Hint: No, it won’t.

                      I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                      Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                      7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                      You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                      Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                      8. Practice patience every day

                      Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                      • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                      • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                      • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                      Final thoughts

                      Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                      Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                      Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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