A Healthier Holiday Brought To You By Kale

posted by on 12/28/2012 | 17 comments (leave one of your own)

I don’t know about you, but I ate the house down this week. On Christmas morning, we had homemade beignets and chicken apple sausages for breakfast and our Christmas dinner consisted of smoked brisket, mashed potatoes, and salted caramel cheesecake pie on a gingersnap crust.

We did have fresh green beans, so maybe that cancels out the pie?

Except I had two more slices of pie last night after dinner. Don’t judge.  It’s Christmas.

And if I don’t tell you about all the fudge, cookies, bread and butter I have consumed over the holidays it doesn’t count, right?

But I’m finishing this week on a healthy note, you guys.  My favorite go to healthy veggie? Kale.


I love, love, love kale. I try to keep it in my refrigerator at all times, it’s very versatile. You can even make kale chips that your kids won’t eat.

The American Cancer Society asked me to participate in their Healthier Holiday Table series and of course I said yes because one: eff cancer and two: the world needs more kale (to cancel out the pie).


I was experiencing brisket/dessert burnout the day after Christmas and when I opened my fridge, I noticed a big bunch of kale in the bottom drawer and after a quick meeting with google, I decided to make Kale And Bean Soup.  All the ingredients I used in this soup I had in my fridge or pantry.


Kale And Bean Soup (adapted from here)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup of sliced carrots
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 cups veggie broth (or water)
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed (it’s what I had)
  • 1/2 cup orzo
  • 1 bunch kale, thick stems discarded and leaves torn into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons  chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup fresh parmesan
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic, celery, carrots, onion, salt, and pepper and cook until tender, about 6 minutes.
  3. Add the pasta, kale, rosemary, 8 cups of liquid. Cover and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer until the pasta and kale are tender, 4 to 5 minutes.  Add beans and simmer for another 5 minutes
  5. Ladle soup into bowl and serve with lemon wedges and fresh parmesan.

This soup got thumbs up from everyone in my family and it is even better the next day.

kale soup

Did you know that eating lots of fruits and vegetables can help reduce your cancer risk?  The American Cancer Society recommends eating at least 2½ cups of vegetables and fruits each day. Here are two resources filled with ideas for upping your fruit and vegetable consumption through the day.

And here’s to a healthier holiday, more birthdays, less cancer, and more kale.

  • Deb


    I’ll try it.


    I heard about Kale Pesto, you got any recipes for that? I could maybe trick my kids into eating pesto.
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    • Zakary

      Kale pesto is brilliant, I need to make that too.

      I think this recipe looks promising.

  • thedoseofreality

    Maybe I would eat healthier if I had all those ingredients in my fridge or pantry, too! Instead I have cold Buncha Crunch and some room temperature Hershey Kisses.
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  • Megan

    My vacation consists completely of staying in bed and living on toast. No shame.
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  • tara

    I ate so many handfuls of toffee it’s not even funny.

    Kale is so good! Have you ever tried kale slaw? I know it sounds gross, but it’s not like regular cole slaw.

    Try this recipe, it’s to die for!
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  • Robin Jingjit

    We love kale too. Our current favorite thing we order at the market is stir fried pork with crispy kale. I keep meaning to watch her make it so I can try at home, but I always forget. Lucky it’s cheap. Anyway, that and sliced cucumber are my boys’ favorite ways to eat veggies.
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  • Gaylin

    Well – NO to the kale. Or to spinach. I like the taste of both, my innards don’t like to digest either. The ‘end’ results are not fun.

    I like a lot of red pepper, peas, zucchini, carrots in my diet. Things my tummy likes as well.

  • koreen

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! My 6 yr old looked at this recipe and said “Is that for me?” I replied “It’s for both of us.” “I’m not going to eat it,” he says. My verdict? “If I make it you’ll eat it.”

    Isn’t it fun being a mom?
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  • Xae

    Being South Asian, we eat a lot of rice, flat bread and curry – but we always eat veggies with them. Sometimes as salads, or we just cut them up and eat them raw 🙂
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  • Korinthia Klein

    I love kale chips, but that’s the only think I know how to make with kale. Thanks for the recipe!
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  • Grace

    I just discovered your blog (through Pinterest and your hilarious lamp painting tutorial) and just wanted to let you know I think it is fabulous and can’t wait to keep reading more!
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  • Chris

    I might like kale if I were to chop it up in miniscule pieces, then add a tub of sour cream to it and dip big hunks of bread it in. That is my way of healthy eating.

  • Heather

    I am a long time follower of your blog and love it! I made this recipe the other day when I felt a cold coming on and the husband and I both loved it! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jodie in MN

    I don’t know if I’ve ever noticed kale in our grocery store. We live in the middle of nowhere, so it may not be there. I’ll have to remember to check next time we’re in the big(ger) city.

  • Mo

    YAY kale!
    I am a recent kale convert, and made this:
    a few weeks ago.

    It is the nommiest.
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