I recently read an article on CookingLight.com that talked about the 7 best foods for women and along with the usual suspects of tomatoes, flaxseed and the new Little Black Dress of dairy, Greek yogurt, was the much maligned kale. Unlike that terrible $400 fuchsia bridesmaid dress that has hung in your closet since your BFF swore that after the wedding you could shorten it and get TONS of use out of it as a cocktail dress (Brides are allowed to lie. It’s their day.), kale will look good on you and it really is versatile. Girl Scouts honor.
Kale, for the uninitiated, is a dark leafy green (don’t be scared) that is chock-o-block full of Good For Ya Stuff. You know, stuff like vitamins for every letter of the alphabet and antioxidants I can’t even pronounce (can YOU say “zeazanthin”?) and calcium. It’s awesome as a side and pairs well with Asian flavors as in my Sake-Miso Glazed Salmon with Spicy Sesame Kale. It’s also outrageously delicious as a substitute for chips. You season ‘em, bake ‘em and they turn all lightand crispy and healthy and it has some ridiculously amazing nutritional information like only 43 calories and under 5 grams of fat per cup. Forget that bag of greasy potato chips. Try on some kale instead. Betcha can’t eat just one.