Watercress might be having a moment, but that doesn’t mean kale recipes are something to snooze on. Food trends come and go, but that leafy green is here to stay. After all, there’s just so much you can do with it.
You can stew kale, braise it, air-fry it, puree it—hell, it even tastes good in pastries. The vegetable is full of nutrients, too, Natalie Rizzo, RD, author of Planted Performance: Easy Plant-Based Recipes, Meal Plans, and Nutrition for All Athletes, tells SELF. Let’s start with all that vitamin K, which promotes healthy blood clotting—vital for stopping excessive bleeding when you’re injured—and supports bone health, Rizzo says. Toss just one cup of it into your salad, and you’ll nearly meet your recommended daily allowance for it, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The hearty vegetable is a good source of vitamin C, too, which can help fight off infections and heal wounds, Rhyan Geiger, RDN, founder of Phoenix Vegan Dietitian, tells SELF.
If you’ve been cooking kale for years, though, it’s pretty easy to fall into the same old routine with it. There’s nothing wrong with tossing it into smoothies or juices, but there are so many other fun routes you can take with the leafy green.
We’ve compiled a list of 25 kale recipes to help spark your kitchen creativity—they span from breakfast to dessert. These ideas are delicious, unique, and bound to pull you out of your leafy green rut. We promise you won’t get bored of the hearty vegetable.