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How do you eat frozen kale?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 03, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm very very new to paleo (currently Day 5, of which only 3 were really successful). I got very excited to start this new lifestyle and the first day went out and bought a whole bunch of food.

I've always heard wonderful things about kale, and bought a pack of frozen kale from Trader Joe's. I've looked at many questions already but all of them seem to address ways to eat fresh kale.

Does anyone have any yummy recipes for a pack of frozen kale? I'm really bummed at the moment because kale chips sound amazing.

Good to meet you all! :)

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on December 04, 2012
at 02:03 AM

Adding bacon with the onion and garlic would also add some extra flavour. When you've finished cooking it, a squeeze of lemon is also nice. And be careful not to overcook! We do also add frozen greens to smoothies with half a can of coconut milk, a banana, and some frozen blueberries and/or raspberries. If we're making it for our kids we might add a bit of maple syrup to cut the tartness. They love their smoothies. :)

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on December 04, 2012
at 01:42 AM

Good to know, thanks!

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on December 04, 2012
at 01:41 AM

I should have bought the fresh kale, but I was afraid that it would go bad before I had a chance to eat all the food I had bought that day. I will make a note to buy more fresh kale from now on. Thanks for the tip~

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on December 04, 2012
at 01:40 AM

Thanks for the tip, Zoe. This sounds like a very good simple go-to food :)

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on December 04, 2012
at 01:39 AM

That also sounds delicious. Thank you, Luckie!

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on December 04, 2012
at 12:07 AM

Second the soup! I've never used frozen kale but if frozen were ever going to work, it would be in soup. I make mine with diced tomatoes and lots of garlic.

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on December 03, 2012
at 10:27 PM

Thanks a bunch for the input, Sunny! I am now looking forward to my next omelet. :)

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on December 04, 2012
at 01:02 AM

Frozen kale is super convenient, but fresh kale is available in the stores around me for next to nothing, like $2 for a big bunch of it that gives our family 2 or 3 big servings at dinner. It is in many ways more versatile and easier to use.

My favorite is to take it off of the stems, coat it lightly in oil, and bake it in the oven at 275F for about 20 minutes until it is crispy, and salt it when it comes out. My kids (and all other kids I've ever served it to) chomp it down like potato chips, and it's extremely nutritious. There are some kids that never have green vegetables and can chow through a big bowl of it.

Back to frozen kale, it is good in soups, and you can also render bacon, saute onions in the bacon, add the kale, then add some water or stock and cover until the kale is tender.

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on December 04, 2012
at 01:41 AM

I should have bought the fresh kale, but I was afraid that it would go bad before I had a chance to eat all the food I had bought that day. I will make a note to buy more fresh kale from now on. Thanks for the tip~

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on December 03, 2012
at 09:44 PM

--It is wonderful in soup! Just toss it in the soup/broth you are making and let it simmer for like 10 minutes. Chicken soup is amazing with carrots, onions and kale.

--Toss in an omelet with mushrooms and tomatoes

--Blend into a smoothie with almond milk, banana and blueberries

--Toss in a chicken or beef stir-fry with lots of other vegetables. It adds a very nice bite.

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on December 04, 2012
at 12:07 AM

Second the soup! I've never used frozen kale but if frozen were ever going to work, it would be in soup. I make mine with diced tomatoes and lots of garlic.

8a5dcdcbc42a32a61d3e248bd51f1f1d

(35)

on December 04, 2012
at 01:39 AM

That also sounds delicious. Thank you, Luckie!

8a5dcdcbc42a32a61d3e248bd51f1f1d

(35)

on December 03, 2012
at 10:27 PM

Thanks a bunch for the input, Sunny! I am now looking forward to my next omelet. :)

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0b6993f7e02a1fca4ce266a71fa924a7

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on December 04, 2012
at 12:54 AM

Saute onion in coconut oil until softened. Add garlic and cook until starting to turn golden. Run kale under hot water briefly to thaw (so you don't end up with tons of extra moisture in the pan). Add kale to the pan, toss, and cook until heated through. You can add a bit of stock (veg, chicken, beef, whatever you like) for flavour, or hot pepper flakes.

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(80)

on December 04, 2012
at 02:03 AM

Adding bacon with the onion and garlic would also add some extra flavour. When you've finished cooking it, a squeeze of lemon is also nice. And be careful not to overcook! We do also add frozen greens to smoothies with half a can of coconut milk, a banana, and some frozen blueberries and/or raspberries. If we're making it for our kids we might add a bit of maple syrup to cut the tartness. They love their smoothies. :)

8a5dcdcbc42a32a61d3e248bd51f1f1d

(35)

on December 04, 2012
at 01:40 AM

Thanks for the tip, Zoe. This sounds like a very good simple go-to food :)

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on December 04, 2012
at 06:13 AM

I used to use it as my 'I need a real breakfast but don't have more than five minutes' food. Put it in the microwave for 3-4 minutes in a big bowl. While that's going, scramble a few eggs with spices (herbes de provence my fav). Microwave goes off, eggs into the bowl, voila. Also right around the ideal time to steep coffee in a french-press, if you're really good at multi-tasking.

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on December 04, 2012
at 06:00 AM

Trader Joes has fresh kale washed and torn in the fresh produce section. It's great in salads, steamed, and for kale chips! I do go through the bag and tear out the thicker pieces of stem when making kale chips.

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on December 04, 2012
at 01:26 AM

thaw it, and then follow those other posts.

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on December 04, 2012
at 12:47 AM

Like this: NOM NOM NOM NOM!

Really, though, just don't need to cook it as long. Add it to your pan at the end. The freezing breaks down the cell structure when the water expands.

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on December 04, 2012
at 01:42 AM

Good to know, thanks!

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on December 04, 2012
at 12:14 AM

Bite hard and crunch it...

Having a full set of teeth is not Paleo.

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