Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Top 10 blog posts!

In celebration - or should I say Kale-a-bration? - of National Kale Day 2014 today, here are the 10 top posts, i.e., the most viewed, on my blog since it went live in 2009.

How to eat kale is still #1, and my answer is still the same as when I posted that up in 2009. Eat all types of Brassica vegetables (not just kale), in all types of ways, reasonable servings most days each week (if not daily) and by reasonable servings, I do NOT mean bags and bags of raw kale each day as one reader was trying to do. Here is where variety and moderation truly are the spice of life for both delicious flavor and also for optimizing health benefits. After all, if you don't eat it, you don't realize any benefits, including enjoyment! 

Kale Chips (published in 2009) is still the most viewed recipe, however, the Blackberry Kale Smoothie recipe is quickly catching up (published in 2013) followed by a vegan Kale Lasagna recipe and Apple Kale Muffins, which several readers have added comments that they are very popular with kids. 

Kale provides a bountiful supply of nutrients and phytochemicals (molecules not required for growth - like nutrients - but for optimizing health) and several posts that address those concerns have been and continue to be very popular. 

All in all, kale somehow became sexy, popular, but is here to stay for very good reasons: 
  • it is versatile, 
  • has a long-growing season, 
  • can be grown in most sections of the country, 
  • is easy to grow (one of my sons even grew it within the landscaping at an apartment complex where no gardens were allowed - yes, I'm proud of him!!), 
  • it contains multiple nutrients in high concentrations and, 
  • provides many additional health-promoting phytochemicals. 
  • Last but not least, it is beautiful, delicious and even fun to eat. 
Who could ask for anything more? 

Here are links to the "top 10":

Mar 7, 2009, 63 comments

Feb 11, 2009, 34 comments

Mar 8, 2009, 14 comments

Feb 22, 2009, 21 comments

Mar 4, 2009, 8 comments
May 28, 2013, 2 comments

May 7, 2010, 9 comments

Feb 22, 2009, 7 comments

Feb 2, 2009, 7 comments

Mar 5, 2009, 17 comments

What are my favorite posts? Here they are, and I hope you laugh like I did with each one, at myself, too. :) 

2) Kale Eye Candy

Ok - go out and buy some kale to eat and enjoy!

Where kale is more than decoration on my plate!

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Get ready for National Kale Day on October 1st!

I have a daily alert for everything published on the web containing the word "kale". To be honest, I do not have time to check that alert during the growing season, so when I peeked at that inbox this morning (I did so with a bit of guilty pleasure), I saw daily messages starting last April. Thus it is fair to say that kale is still a "sexy" food, i.e., it is going strong in the media! 

I have copied the list of articles from yesterday's daily alert, omitting (I hope) all those messages that contain the word kale as someone's last name or something else a bit odd or irrelevant. 

I have been told that National Kale Day is coming up this week, Wednesday, October 1st. So here is a full list of ideas of food to make using kale. In fact, I have been using delicious and nutritious kale "in everything" for years and years, and it now appears that the world has caught up with me! 

Here you can see I love kale so much that the front of our farm's business card has kale as the base, even though we are a garlic farm! Just for fun, you may read more about our farm at our farm's website

All Hail Kale! Enjoy your kale-a-bration! Yum, Yum!

Where kale is (and has been) more than decoration on my plate! 

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

Yahoo Food

Kale and Goat Cheese Muffins
Once the mixture comes barely to a boil, add the kale and turn the heat down. Simmer until the kale is totally softened, about 5 minutes. Place the ...
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Native Foods Cafe to open Tuesday with vegan bites, kale for the lunch crowd
A sesame kale macro bowl comes with steamed kale and tempeh atop brown rice, while the Heart Beet sandwich features "beet steaks" atop rye.
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Raw Kale Salad with Apples, Cheddar Cheese and Crispy Bacon
Give the two medium size bunches of kale a good rinse under cold water and pat or spin it dry and then tear the leaves into bite size pieces, leaving ...
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (blog)

Flowering kale adds color for fall and beyond
blog flowering kale and violas 'Redbor' flowering kale make a nice focal point in this container surrounded by yellow violas. Photos by Doug Oster.
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Zpizza rolls out new pizza, kale salad for fall
zpizza has introduced two new items to the menu for the fall season: sausage, wild mushroom, squash pizza and chopped kale salad. Both will be ...
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WP Rawl To Introduce Additional Nature's Greens Kale Chips Kit Flavors
Pelion, S.C.: WP Rawl has introduced two new flavors to their line of Nature's Greens® kale chip kits. The ready-to-bake kale chips kits showcase the ...
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5 Ways to Become a Part-Time Vegetarian
Considering all the ways you can sneak it into your diet, a bag of kale will never go to waste: Toss it into almost any dish, juice it, use as a salad base ...
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Kale Salad with Goji Berries
Hilah Cooking  Hilah
The thing about kale salad as you've probably heard by now, is you need to massage it. Rub it down with some oil and salt, break up the fibrous veins ...
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Kale Potato Hash with Baked Eggs and Cheddar
The Baker Chick  Audra
Next comes kale that gets tossed until just wilted and soft. Finally eggs go on top with some grated cheddar. The whole skillet gets baked for a few ...
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Beet, Red Cabbage and Kale Soup
Dragon's Kitchen  Dragon
Beet, Red Cabbage and Kale Soup Recipe by Dragon Just look at the colour of the soup! Is it not stunning? I love this healthy combination of ...
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Steamed Red Snapper Over Kale
Combine steamed kale topped with a fillet of one of the fanciest, most delicious fish in America, gulf red snapper, and you've got a fantastic one-pan ...
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Gouda Grits with Chourico Kale and a Poached Egg
Oui, Chef  Steve
Add the kale and stock and stir to combine. Lower the heat and cover to allow the kale to wilt and cook through, about 10-15 minutes. Remove the ...
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Baby Kale
We love to inspire you to get creative with your salad recipes whether you're a busy mom or a budding master chef, we hope you find a recipe that ...
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How to Use Kale (Kale Recipes)
Kale is the superhero of vegetables right now. If you're wondering how to use kale, here are some delicious recipes.
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Raw Kale Salad with Apples, Cheddar Cheese and Crispy Bacon
Give the two medium size bunches of kale a good rinse under cold water and pat or spin it dry and then tear the leaves into bite size pieces, leaving ...
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Kale, Potato and Bean Soup
2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, diced 2-4 garlic cloves, minced 1 c carrots, sliced 3-4 potatoes, cubed 6 c water or stock 1 tsp sage 1 tsp rosemary 2 c kale, ...
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Boomers vs. Millennials: Fast Food and Kale Salads
Millennials think boomers should start eating kale, quinoa, and pea chips. MarketWatch's Tom Bemis and Sally French belabor over lunch.
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Kale (150g) (uncertified organic, raw/fresh, hybrid)
Until the end of the Middle Ages, kale was one of the most common green vegetables in all of Europe. Kaleis very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, ...
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Kale is not just for decoration...check out this superfood.
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Jeweled Kale Salad w/ Citrus Soy Dressing
I was ridiculously excited to see Kale in the market the other day. Kale! I mean, we're a tropical country so it doesn't really grow here (as far as I know), ...
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Join us for a #KaleDay2014 kale-a-bration!
National Kale Day is October 1st and to celebrate the almighty dark leafy green, we are hosting an awesome Twitter event. Throughout the day, we will ...
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Sweet Potato, Kale + Feta Muffins
You ask for more savoury option, we oblige! This Sweet Potato and Kale Muffin is chock-a-block full of veg and protein.
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The power of kale: Seniors learn to make nutritious meals
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Kale was at the top of the menu recently at the Hazelwood Senior Center. Seniors learned how to put a new spin on ...
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Beet Kale Salad
Our beet kale salad began as a way to use up leftovers, but ended up being a great meal.
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Creamy Kale and Arugula Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato
In a large bowl combine the kale, arugula, cabbage, almond, sliced onion, and apple. Toss with the creamy dressing and then top with roasted sweet ...
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Creamy Kale and Zucchini Pasta
Creamy Kale and Zucchini Pasta. by Lindsay on September 25, 2014. Vegan Creamy Pasta and Zucchini. Before we do anything else, can I just say ...
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Kale Egg Salad
I realized that the kale could also be substituted with Swiss chard or even spinach which is even milder. The kale has a bit of a bitter taste which ...
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Vegan Parfaits: Chia Seed Pudding with Citrus-Kale and Ginger-Mint Mango Layers
I love sunshine. Especially when it comes with my breakfast. Have you ever woken up on a Saturday morning where you had nothing you had to do ...
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Kale Salad with Goji Berries - Hilah Cooking
1 bunch kale (about 12 ounces weight?) 1 teaspoon salt; 1 tablespoon olive oil; 2 tablespoons cider vinegar; 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced; 1/4 cup goji ...
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Got Kale? This Creamy Kale & Broccoli Soup is the Perfect Way to Load up on Leafy Greens!
Kale-Broccoli-Soup. The leaves are changing colours, the air is cooler…it is officially autumn which means it's soup season! Not only is soup a terrific ...
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turnips, beets, and kale
We are producing a lot of roots and greens right now! Check out the giant turnip that Kayla, our new intern from Bellevue College, picked out of the ...
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Kale And Sweet Potato Stew Recipe
... almost too spicy for mom to take! Given the habanero, I'm not surprised! However, this was my "kalevictory" over Mom - she can't say she hates it now!
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Penne with Kale, Roasted Tomatoes and Brie
Penne with kale and roasted tomatoes in a creamy brie sauce!
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Kale, Walnut, and Flaxseed Oil Pesto Linguine
2-3 cloves garlic; 3 cups packed kale; 3-4 cups toasted walnuts; 2 tablespoons lemon juice; ¾ teaspoon sea salt; ¼ teaspoon ground pepper; Red ...
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his Week's Menu
Grilled Kale Salad / Sockeye Salmon Lox / Housemade Crème Fraîche /. Pickled Red Onions / Housemade Brioche Croutons. W – 2013 Gotham ...
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Kale Black Italian- Seeds
It is called black kale as the dark freen wrinkled leaves turn almost blackwhen they are cookedA dark green colour that turns almost black when ...
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Kale Chicken Caesar Salad
Nutrient-dense kale gets a crunch from spicy roasted chickpeas. This lighter Caesar salad is the perfect lunch pick-me-up.
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Smothie with kale, flax seed, cardamon, blueberries, dates, mango
and water is now my favourite. Even though I know it will not help me lose weight because of the too easily digested juiced fruit. Yummy. What are you ...
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New Recipes This Week
This week brought about a few instant classics: chiefly, those buns. Just make them, okay? Ditto Dale Talde's Kale Taco Salad with the only salsa ...
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Kale and pickled cucumber comes with the meal
Photos of Tokyo Bento Kale and pickled cucumber comes with the meal Santa Ana, CA.
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