If you've never had the pleasure of eating kale, please allow us to introduce you. You might have bypassed this cabbage cousin in the store many times -- what on Earth do you do with those enormous, crinkly leaves, anyway? Don't let yourself be intimidated. Kale is actually very tasty, and it's versatile, too -- equally delicious stir-fried, steamed, sautéed, baked, added to a stew or blended into a smoothie.
In terms of vitamins and minerals, you can't get much better than kale -- it packs a huge nutritional wallop. For starters, it provides more than 1,300 percent of your daily vitamin K allowance (yes, we said 1,300 percent). You'll also get about 350 percent of your vitamin A allowance and 88 percent of your vitamin C for the day. And as if that weren't enough, kale goes a few extra miles with plenty of fiber and folate, a healthy dose of iron and 45 different flavonoids. And it can help lower your cholesterol, too. All this for only 33 calories a cup. Basically, it's a perfect food.
You probably ran out to the grocery store immediately after you read that paragraph, so now that you're back with a big bag of kale, let's start cooking! First up is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser: kale chips.