We have been harvesting a lot of Red Russian kale, Lacinto kale, Winterbor kale, chard, and collards from the Manna Garden. When we planted the garden we thought about vegetables that would give the most bang for our buck. Because greens are one of the most nutrient dense crops that you can grow in your garden, we chose a nice variety to keep the backpack program interesting. One of our goals for the Manna Garden is to provide nutrient dense foods to the people who most need it and greens really help us reach that goal by delivering calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, omega 3, and vitamins B, A, K, C, E.
With all this kale, the challenge is to keep it interesting. We have been throwing around a lot of ideas of how to eat kale in interesting ways and we came up with the following ideas:
- Eat Kale as a wrap for a sandwich
- Throw the kale in a smoothie with fruit
- Eat the kale with eggs for breakfast
- Bake chips out of your greens, add some olive oil, garlic powder, and salt
- Make green summer popsicles in the blender with fruit juice, frozen fruit, and greens
- Slip kale into a traditional spinach dish, like spinach dip or spanakopita
- Toss the greens into rice pilaf, quinoa tabouli, or some other cooked and sautéed grain
- Eat it raw and cut into small strips as a fresh asian salad with sesame oil and seeds
We hope these ideas can help you slip in some extra greens each day in case you have a surplus as well. Happy gardening and monsoon season!