There’s Bad Poetry Day, there’s Toasted Marshmallow Day, there are several versions of Pancake Day, but no Kale Day. While discussing the October Unprocessed Challenge on Twitter a while back, the lack of Kale Day was noted – and remedied.
Welcome to October 10, International Kale Day!
What’s not to love? Kale is not only delicious, it’s one of the most nutritionally-dense foods available. It’s a detoxifier, blood builder, and digestive aid. I put it in eggs, smoothies, green juice, pasta, and rice dishes to name a few.
Pictured here is red monarch kale, but I’ve used lacinato (also called dinosaur kale or cavolo nero), red Russian, and regular old curly kale. The curlier varieties may not “ribbon” as nicely, and that’s OK.
But what to do about skeptics – Veggie-Hating Husbands, perhaps?
Enter the potato. Sturdy, waxy Yukon Gold potatoes, to be precise. Kale is a toothsome green, and these aren’t fluffy clouds of potatoes. These are rib-sticking comfort potatoes, perfect for a cloudy day. I made them for Thanksgiving, and even my husband had seconds.
Grab organic potatoes and you don’t even have to peel them. The protein and fiber are found in the skin, anyway.
Inspired by Heidi Swanson, this is a simple recipe with few ingredients that all count. The result is a hearty-but-creamy dish that’s so delicious, no one will believe that it’s healthy. Did I mention it only takes about 20 minutes?
Make a double-batch! They’d be great as a twice-baked casserole, pressed into patties and lightly fried with breadcrumbs, or plain old leftovers (that how I had mine for breakfast). Just make sure you share so you all have delicious garlic breath together. It’s worth it.
How do you like your kale?
- 1 pound Yukon Gold or other waxy potatoes
- 2-3 whole cloves, peeled garlic
- 1/4 cup plus extra for drizzling olive oil
- 1/2 bunch (about 6 leaves) kale
- 1 1/2 teaspoons, divided salt
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2-4 servings