What Do You Do With That Big Bag Of Kale?
You’re ready to get those “super foods” into your meals, and you go out and buy that big bag of green kale.
You find a recipe for kale slaw, or maybe you try to make your own roasted kale “chips”.
That bag goes a lot farther than you think, and you hate to waste it, but your family is tired of kale this and kale that, so what do you do?
You freeze it!
Why You Should Freeze Your Leftover Kale
Long ago, I was trying to think of a way to put fruit into my diet, and yet, I wasn’t always keen on just raw, plain blueberries or blackberries and the like.
I decided smoothies were the way to go to incorporate more fruit.
I experimented with different frozen berries and flavors, and used whey protein powder too to make it full and satisfying.
Then I started adding in raw spinach leaves to get another nutrient. It worked great, AND you couldn’t taste the spinach. Score!
Well, I discovered a combined bag of frozen strawberries, blueberries, cherries, AND kale one day.
Hmmmm. That was interesting. Kale. Something I hadn’t tried. And if I couldn’t taste the spinach, then I probably wouldn’t taste the kale. Score again!
TACO SEASONED MEAT-
Here is my other kale trick. Adding hidden vegetables to my taco meat.
In an effort to get more veggies into my kid’s dinner, I discovered that I could finely chop kale, zucchini, and carrots and add it to my ground turkey that I cook and season with taco seasoning for a variety of Tex-Mex meals.
Got a mini food processor? Even better. Chops everything up easier.
The seasoning really disguises the veggie flavors, so my kid has no idea he’s eating veggies.
Same principle as above. Finely chop up the kale and when put into a well-seasoned spaghetti sauce, it will not be noticed.
Don’t go kale crazy….just add enough to add some flecks of veggies that add some extra nutrients without altering the flavor of your dish.
Leftover Kale? KALE yeah!
Take that leftover bag of kale before it goes bad, and freeze it.
I took it out of it’s original bag and just put it into a zipper freezer bag and tucked it in my freezer.
If you’re not doing it with your odd, starting-to-get-too-ripe fruit, then start freezing that now.
And do it with your kale too.
Here’s my freezer drawer….There’s the bag of my all-in-one fruit and kale I buy.
And there are my frozen bananas for the chocolate, peanut butter smoothies my daughter created.
My bag of leftover kale sits in the freezer too to use when I want to combine extra kale in my smoothies, taco meat or spaghetti sauce.
Once the kale has been frozen it won’t come out pretty and whole again. It turns into crunchy, frosty-like leaves that are easily broken up and “chopped” by hand right in the bag.
You’ll see what I mean.
It’s pretty cool how easy it is to handle and add to whatever you’re making.
Food wise? KALE yeah!