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KALE CUBES FOR SMOOTHIES!

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Nutrient rich kale!

Our grandchildren love smoothies! Their mama (our girl!) often starts off their day with a green smoothie. With so much beautiful kale in our CSA box, I recently asked her to show me how she makes them. There’s not much to the process, but the end result is a freezer stocked with frozen kale cubes ready to toss in a blender for a quick morning smoothie.

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Ready for smoothies!

WHAT YOU NEED:

kale, washed and de-stemmed

a can of coconut milk

a food processor or Vitamix

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two simple ingredients

WHAT YOU DO:

I am the proud and excited new owner of a Vitamix blender, but a food processor will suffice; the mixture will not be as smooth, however. If using a food processor, you might want to help the kale break down by steaming it first for about 3-5 minutes, until limp but still bright green. Plunge into cold water to stop the cooking process, drain, and proceed with recipe.

Push the kale down into the blender/processor and add the coconut milk.

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Rich, thick coconut milk.

Daughter says coconut milk and coconut oil have gotten a bad rap for years. A quick Google search revealed these facts: “Coconut milk contains lauric acid, antimicrobial lipids, and capric acid which have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.” You can read about other health benefits here. All I know is that it is thick and rich and made some silky kale cubes!

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That Vitamix is amazing! In just seconds, the kale and coconut milk were transformed into creamy goodness. I poured the mixture into muffin tins, creating the perfect portions for smoothies.

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Once the cubes were frozen, I let the muffin tin sit on the counter for a minute and then ran a knife around the edge of each kale cube. They popped out easily.

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Pop ’em out!

I bagged each cube in an inexpensive fold-over sandwich baggie to keep them from sticking to each other (and to be less messy when reaching into the bag on busy mornings!) I then put all the baggies in a larger freezer bag, dated and labeled, and placed in freezer until ready to use.

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Bag ’em!

I will now be enjoying kale for quite some time – even though our weekly CSA delivery is over until the spring. Morning smoothie making is quick and easy: into the blender go two to four kale cubes and your choice of fruit and sweetener. Here is a recipe to consider.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these recipes and found some tasty ways to enjoy your produce from Rose Creek Farms. Stay warm this winter! Hopefully your freezer is stocked with yummy kale soup like this and this.

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