Make kale chips!!! Seriously, such an awesome snack. Preheat your oven to 225. Tear the leafy part off of the stem into potato chip sized pieces and toss them in a bowl with olive oil and sea salt. Toss them gently to evenly coat but don't knead them to soften like you might with a salad. Spread them on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake until they're dry and crispy... Usually 30 - 45 minutes or so.
You can also get creative with seasonings. I've made them with curry powder or have added some sesame oil when I toss them... But my absolute favorite is with ground flax seed. I always have giant bags of flax seed for the horses and wanted to incorporate it into my diet... I grind maybe 1/3 - 1/2 of a cup in my magic bullet (food processor will work too) and then toss them with it in the bowl after I've got the leaves coated with oil. It gives them the best nutty flavor and adds a little crunch.
I make beans and greens with both of these. So simple it is almost beyond foolproof. Olive oil, lots of garlic, beans of choice, greens. Add ground sausage if desired, but brown it from the beginning and build from there. I add stock and white wine then sprinkle with parm and enjoy with good Wegman's crusty bread. Yum!
Perfect vegetarian dish.
I don't know about the kale (personally, I hate the stuff!) but chard cooks down a LOT and can be added to soups etc. Sometimes I pan-fry it in oil with garlic, and throw some eggs into the pan and have scrambled eggs with chard and garlic. That is a very tasty. Or cook it down and don't have the eggs, and serve it as a side dish.
Just curious - my kale plants look like palm trees since I pick the larger leaves from the bottom. Can I cut them off near the ground and have them re-grow? Its real hot here so I'm wondering if maybe they've had enough for the year.
brown 1 package of italian sausage (about 1.5#)/drain
add some chopped garlic (4 or so cloves) and onion (about 1 med but more is also good)
add some beef base for flavor (maybe 2 tsp)
once the beef base is dissolved, add about 4 cups of water or broth and cook to simmer
add chopped kale
once kale is wilted, add about 1 c cream, cook until warm
I had this at a dinner last week. The kale harvest was definitely in where I was visiting. Anyway, it was served along with marinated boneless pork chops done on the grill, and fresh sweet corn. And beer. Best dinner I've had this summer. The kale salad was fantastic. It was a huge hit with the guys as well. Everybody went back for more. You could also substitute shredded Asiago cheese if you don't have the ricotta salata. That's really good, too.