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Kale Party – How to Use Kale

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Kale. Did you know about this dark green vegetable 5 years ago? Maybe you did. I hope so! But, if you didn’t, you probably do now.

It has become quite the favored little treat.

Yes, I consider kale a treat.

In light of its popularity, let’s plan a party around it. Invite your friends, your co-workers, your in-laws… Let’s have a Kale Party!

Your table could feature: Kale and lemons in old canning jars, mismatched vintage china (totally ok if it’s chipped or imperfect – it has a story), a burlap table runner, rust or dark green napkins, heavy silverware, hand cut wine glasses, large antique bowls and serving platters, and cast-iron soup pots and skillets. Simple, rustic elegance.

Here are some menu ideas for your first Kale Party:

Appetizer/Snack for your guests to munch on while you (calmly) finish any last minute preparations – Spicy Kale Chips

Salad – Massaged Kale Salad

Main Dish – Minestrone Soup

Bread – Kale and Cheddar Flat Bread

Dessert – Vegan Kale Spice Cake

Drinks – Apple Cider, Red Wine

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This party is going to be such a hit that you’re going to have other friends dying to be invited to your next one.

Second Kale Party:

Appetizer/Snack - Spicy Kale Chips

Salad - Massaged Kale Salad

Main Dish – Spaghetti and Meatballs

Bread – Kale Pesto Braided Bread

Dessert – Chocolate Kale Cake with Sea Salt

Drinks – Red Wine, Mint Iced Tea, Tart Lemonade

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Since you’re now totally in love with kale, and you really want to continue the Kale Party tradition, you’ll probably want to add a Kale Brunch to your list of things to do:

Main – Savory French Toast

Main – Mushroom Frittata with Kale

Side – Crispy Potatoes

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Bread – Kale Apple Muffins

Drinks – Kale Smoothies, Coffee, Hot Lemon Tea, Ginger Beer, Mimosas

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I’ve just scratched the surface here. There are so many things you can do with kale. I mean, really, I’d be happy with some raw kale drizzled with excellent olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, a dash of cayenne, and a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Serve that with a side of Crispy Potatoes and I’d gladly call it dinner. (Great, now I’m hungry. And I’m wishing we were having this for dinner tonight instead of the Spaghetti that I have planned…)

I think that you will most definitely agree that kale is a wonderful thing. Go call your friends… it’s time for a Kale Party!

Happy Eating!

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