We’ll keep this short, people.

Eat kale.  And more kale.


Kale is a cold-weather crop–as in, it’s about to be in abundance again–and it’s packed with nutrients.  It’s loaded with Vitamins K, A and C and has been shown to lower cholesterol, lower your cancer risk and reduce inflammation.

Recently, I made the most amazing kale salad from a recipe I found in Country Living.  Below is the recipe, as well as another couple kale-centered recipes I read about in the September issue of Self.

Citrusy Salmon with Kale and Barley

Curried Kale Chips


…try the Starbucks Hearty Vegan Rice bowl featuring KALE!


chopped collard and kale salad with lemon garlic dressing

Country Living Chopped Collard and Kale Salad with Lemon-Garlic Dressing

Disclaimer: DO NOT MAKE THE ENTIRE RECIPE!  I made 1/4 of it–assuming I’d get about two servings–and ended up with FOUR generous portions.  Don’t get me wrong; I wanted to eat it more than once, but these salads only last so long in the fridge…

  • 1/2 cup(s) olive oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 clove(s) garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoon(s) Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon(s) kosher salt
  • 1 bunch(es) collard greens, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 bunch(es) kale, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 2 avocados, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 4 large hard-boiled eggs, diced
  • 2 ear(s) (about 2 cups) corn, kernels removed
  • 1 pint(s) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup(s) pecans, toasted
  • 6 strip(s) cooked bacon, crumbled
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together first 5 ingredients. Refrigerate dressing for 1 hour.
  2. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Toss gently with reserved lemon-garlic dressing to coat.

Yields: 8 servings

Nutritional Information
(per serving)

Calories 374
Total Fat 31g
Saturated Fat
Cholesterol 100mg
Sodium 344mg
Total Carbohydrate 18g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Protein 10g
 ———————————————————————————–Holly R. Layer received a B. A. in Journalism from Penn State and served four years in the U. S. Air Force before deciding to go back to school to become a Registered Dietician.  She loves running, reading, fine stationery, colorful kitchen gadgets and ALL things food-related.  An avid cook and baker, you can find her in the kitchen most days whipping up something yummy.  Too bad her husband, Andrew (an East Aurora native) is the pickiest man alive!  You can find her at www.thefrozenpineapple.com.