10 Ways to Cook Kale

Kale packs a nutritional wallop -- 1,300 percent of your daily vitamin K, for starters -- and is incredibly versatile and easy to cook. See more vegetable pictures.

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.