Let Them Eat Kale – Review + Giveaway!

August 20, 2014

I was sent a copy of Let Them Eat Kale out of the goodness of Julia’s heart.  I was under no obligation to review or host a giveaway — but aren’t you glad I am?  All opinions, as always, are my own. 

You know how you try really hard to eat good-for-you foods all week? And then the weekend comes and you’re all “Eff that, I wanna swim a pool of caramel and dry off with a slice of pizza.”?  Let Them Eat Kale has been my Monday “Oh God why did I eat that??” saving grace.  Every recipe is packed full of the ultimate super food- Kale! Because the name of the book didn’t give that one away, right?

Before the book even made its way to my door step, I had this Spanish Cauliflower Rice with Kale (from the cookbook, but also posted on Julia’s blog) for lunch. Two weeks in a row.  And you can’t judge me because it’s basically like I was eating salad.  Salad’s warm, way more delicious cousin.  When the book arrived, Josh and I took turns flagging recipes we wanted to try.  And then I promptly ignored all of his wishes and dreams and made the two recipes I was most excited about.

Barbeque Black Bean, Kale, and Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

First up, Barbeque Black Bean, Kale, and Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers.  There’s “barbeque” in the title, so are there any surprises that I jumped on this?  Not only is BBQ sauce mentioned in the title, it’s tucked right inside that delicious sweet potato burger right alongside the kale.  I accidentally doubled the amount of kale when I made these, but they still held up!  The recipe says it makes 6 burgers, but I got 9 — bonus! I especially love that there was chopped green onion in these and I’m not even sure why that’s so good. I don’t normally make veggie burgers at home, but they’ll definitely be making a reappearance.

Huevos Rancheros Bake

I made the Huevos Rancheros Bake for dinner and will be having the left overs for breakfast (like literally at the time this post goes live.  Magic!).  For as much as I love Mexican food, I’ve somehow managed to never have tried hueveos rancheros.  Kale, black beans, corn tortillas, salsa, eggs — and then covered in some shredded cheddar after we took photos — basically all of my favorite things. Also, the baked egg was perfect.  Why have I never baked an egg? (Other than hardboiled, that is)

Let Them Eat Kale!

Besides the fact that this cookbook contains my three new favorites, I love love love that most (if not all) of the recipes are gluten free.  A good portion are dairy free (I even noticed one recipe uses my #1 cheese swap, nutritional yeast) and vegetarian.  There’s some helpful info in the front too about kale and it’s benefits.  Apparently I’m not supposed to be eating raw kale very often because I have hypothyroidism — I’ve been including it in green juice multiple times a week, so that’s a good thing to know!  Now, if I could just get a cookbook dedicated to every ingredient I love, I’d be all set.  But first, let’s get you set up with kale-y goodness — enter the giveaway below! [The Rafflecopter might take a second to load]

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    Megan Aug 26, 2014

    I love store bought kale chips, so I want to try making my own. Though I also love kale in soups!

    Karen D Aug 23, 2014

    I prefer kale sauteed with some fresh garlic, but my husband eats it raw in a salad

    Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes Aug 22, 2014

    That’s sooo great!!! I have been meaning to check out that book. It looks seriously amazing. I love kale salads with lemon juice and definitely kale chips – with cinnamon!

    cheri Aug 21, 2014

    Hi Kelly, what a great cookbook, we have kale and chard coming out of our ears right now, this would be perfect!

    Abbie @ Needs Salt Aug 21, 2014

    First, I’ve got say, what a darn creative book title. I heard of this book a few weeks ago and was like, wow… brilliance! I never know how to eat kale! It looks so gorgeous (especially fresh from the local farmer’s market) but then I’m like, hmm… what do I do with it? I’d have to say my favorite way to eat kale is the only way I’ve ever cooked it – sauteed with a bit of veggie oil and garlic. Nothing fancy, but it is so yummy. I need to find more ways to eat kale. This book looks like a winner! I don’t have a Facebook, but I’ll tweet about this giveaway for sure!
    (and I’ll pin that gorgeous picture of that Huevos Rancheros Bake.. omg.)

      Kelly Aug 21, 2014

      I dont have a personal Facebook either, Abbie, so I always struggle with what sort of options to use in a Rafflecopter. I hate when giveaways have 40 different ways to enter, so I try to parce it down. I’ll keep that in mind for next time though — it sounds like Pinterest might be the way to go! I’ll pass on the compliment about the huevos photo. I originally took a few I was proud of but when Josh saw them, he shook his head at me reshot them! Guess I’ll let keep letting him be in charge of photos 😉

    Kate Aug 21, 2014

    Um, kale chips, of course! Haha. Probably the most unhealthy way to eat a healthy item: Cover it in oil and salt!

      Kelly Aug 21, 2014

      I like to think the kale counter acts the oil 😉

    Joanne Aug 21, 2014

    Needless to say, I’m OBSESSED with Julia’s cookbook also! Must make both of these!

      Kelly Aug 21, 2014

      Better try the eggs before you lose your oven :-p Better to have loved and lost than to have never eaten baked huevos at all.

    Ashleigh @ Being Cheap is Easy Aug 20, 2014

    I love kale in quinoa bowls. Or on pizza! SO good with mushrooms! And chips. I’m one of those obsessed with kale–it’s on sale this week at Meijer too. Lentil and kale soup is my favorite winter comfort food.

      Kelly Aug 21, 2014

      Sounds like you need a copy of this book! I haven’t had it on pizza yet but saw a recipe with kale and mushrooms that I need to try out, for sure!

    Carolsue Aug 20, 2014

    I like it in salad the most, but kale chips are good also.

      Kelly Aug 20, 2014

      I think it might be impossible to not love kale chips!

    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl Aug 20, 2014

    I’ve been hearing such great things about this book! With a bunch of kale ready to be picked in the garden I need ideas!

      Kelly Aug 20, 2014

      I’m jealous of your garden fresh kale! I noticed that the landscaping near my town’s Mainstreet uses red kale — think they’d mind if I snag some? 😉

    Candice Aug 20, 2014

    I love to make kale chips in the oven, with just a little olive oil and salt.

    marcie Aug 20, 2014

    I love kale, Kelly, and these dishes you’ve made look incredible! I love the sound of those bbq burgers, too!

    Julia Aug 20, 2014

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I could kiiiiiss you, my dear! I’m so happy you’ve been cooking up all them kale recipes – that cauli rice is definitely addicting, and I had the same reaction over baked eggs – like whyyyyy have I not done this before?? Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway! I hope your readers enjoy! Many thanks, love!!