White Chicken Chili

This is a great light yet hearty dinner, when you want to curl up with a warm bowl of hearty chili. Instead of beef, this chili uses chicken and even some kale at the end to round out this healthier version of the classic. Depending on what’s in season, add you favorite veggies. I like to serve this with some crusty bread.

Vegan BBQ Bowl with Farro

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This bowl brings together some southern BBQ favorites: Coleslaw, sautéed greens, BBQ- with a twist… its vegan! Instead of BBQ beef, this recipe features BBQ tofu cubes. The base of the bowl is nutty and chewy farro, and you top it with a mix of colorful BBQ classics.

Kale, Coconut and Tofu Salad

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This is a true superfood salad – the good oils of coconut, tofu for protein, brown rice for some body and, of course, kale. This simple but flavorful dressing if olive oil, sesame oil and soy sauce brings the dish together for a healthy and flavorful dinner salad. Serve it right away to take advantage of the great crunch of the roasted kale and coconut. (Adapted from Food and Wine Magazine)

Shroomami Salad

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This dinner salad is packed with superfoods, beautiful colors and bold Asian flavors. While it’s not exactly a “one-dish wonder,” it is a salad and meal in one dish. Each time I make this, people ask me to pass on the recipe, so here it is! Based on a salad from Sweetgreen restaurant, this one brings together your veggies, starch and protein in one bite, each with its own special taste. Roasted marinated tofu and mushrooms are placed alongside chewy bright green kale and wild rice, and topped with beets, spiced sunflower seeds and a miso dressing that adds a deep salty Asian flair. Bring the leftovers to work with you for lunch - unlike lettuce, kale does not wilt!

Garlicky Steamed Kale

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This is a great throw together at the last minute vegetable side. It only needs to cook for a few minutes and is a great super-food for those who love to eat their greens!

Salmon with Kale and Cabbage

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When I am looking for a “superfood” meal that can be thrown together quickly, this is the one! It bakes on one sheet and when I am really in a pinch, I turn to the Trader Joes, already washed and sliced, kale and cabbage – each in their own bag -which takes the prep time down to about 5 minutes. When baked, the kale turns into crunchy chips and the lemon-dill sauce poured over the top adds a classic and fresh taste. (Adapted from Martha Stewart)

Lemon Parmesan Kale Salad

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When I was growing up, Kale was that funny green stuff that showed up on a catering platter. As we all know, Kale has become one of the “it” superfoods and Kale salad is a favorite way to eat it. This Kale salad, with its lemon, garlic, and parmesan has a lot of punch. Unlike traditional salads made with lettuces, Kale salad will keep in the fridge without wilting for a day or two or can be made ahead and stored. (Adapted from Marin Mama website)
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My kids love kale – yes, you just read that. Now, I know not everyone’s family loves kale, but who doesn’t love pasta night? Try this recipe for a family dinner and see if you can make them all Kale converts. The bright lemony flavor of the zest and juice and salty parmesan, together with the chewy kale, all come together to create a full flavored pasta that adults and kids alike will love.