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Menu Plan Monday: Kale!

Posted May 31 2010 7:08am

I love Kale, and it’s great weather for it.  There’s a picture of one of my kale plants above–isn’t it beautiful?  There’s a joke in my house about things disappearing faster than the speed of kale, because it disappears so quickly in our house.  It’ s on of my favorite foods, and my DH will voluntarily eat a few bites.  That’s okay, more for me!

Kale is also now on the list of produce with the most pesticides , so it’s important to eat it organically grown when possible.  I’m sure this is a surprise to none–

my kale always has a bunch of little green caterpillars munching, and they blend right in to the plant.  The best way to find them is the pile of kale poop.  Ugh.  But I’m not willing to use chemicals on my plants, and I’ll see what happens if I use row covers one of these months.

And if you’re in the Northern VA area, I’m doing a class on balancing nutrition and the environment next Saturday in Mc Lean from 10:30-12 for $20.  If you’re interested, you can give a call 703-532-4892.

It’s also been a fun time for my garden overall.  I’ve got 10 pepper plants, 8 tomatoes, 4 kale, 20 or so garlic, more raspberry plants than I can count, a handful of blackberry plants, ground cherries, herbs, watermelon that I planted yesterday a few carrots and a gorgeous artichoke plant that I’m super excited about.

OK, off to the food!

Quinoa with Kale Pesto


Nightshade stew with fennel and brown rice

Grilled garlic salmon, grilled peppers and grilled asparagus

Coconut curry chicken with roasted cauliflower


Baked sweet treats:

granola bars

something raspberry based….
And everyone else?

Heather, of Celiac Family is venturing into the land of kale and making Kale Chips!  Those are tasty and I haven’t made them in a while, and I’m so glad to be reminded!  Her new favorite Tropical Bean salad looks amazing, too.

Wendy of Celiacs in the House has an “on the run” week planned.  Her youngest will be in the state track meet (yay for him!) and there are tests and all sorts of last minute doings. She’s got quinoa on the menu and tacos, too.

Scrumptious joins us with yet another yummy GF vegan meal plan. She has kale with kale sauce on the line up and plans to make sweet potato enchiladas, too. And she’s looking for suggestions for the balance of easy and simple healthy eating.

Renee joins us for the first time–welcome!–from Beyond Rice and Tofu , a GF vegetarian blog. Of course, she’s had me looking up lotus root with her talk of a Lotus Root Stir Fry from Book of Yum. And she has yummy looking “chicken” rolls on the lineup, too.

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