One of my roommates lovessss kale. I tease her about it during waking hours and then as soon as she retires to her boudoir I skip into the kitchen to make sautéed kale (olive oil, garlic, onion), kale smoothies (OJ, pear, banana, spinach), baked kale mac n cheese (mac n cheese with a flourish), and kale chips (baked in the oven with olive oil and a pinch of sea salt).

Kale truly is a versatile, easy-breezy kind of gal and she can do so much for you!

♡ She is quite a catch: full of fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants, manganese, iron, calcium, etc.

♡ She is open minded: has no issues mingling with pasta, cheese, other vegetables, or fruit!

♡ She enhances the appearance of those around her: has a high anti-inflammatory rating and is full of antioxidants which both help prevent acne

♡ She never plays hard to get: available in the grocery store most months of the year

♡ She wants a love that lasts past Saturday night: will stay fresh in the fridge for weeks

Here is my friend Laura’s recipe for baked mac n cheese. You can sauté the kale on the side then serve with the mac n cheese or you can stir it into the pasta before adding the bread crumbs and baking in the oven. Here’s the thing: it’s hard to be in a funk when you’re consistently eating whole, healthy foods.

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Ingredients:

2.5 cups dry pasta

2.5 cups whole milk

1 bay leaf

4 tbsp unsalted butter

1/4 cup flour

2.5 cups shredded sharp cheddar

1 cup grated fontina

1 cup grated gruyere

2 bunches of kale

2 cups bread crumbs

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2) Butter a 2 quart baking dish.

3) Rinse the kale and remove the main stalk. Then tear it into bite size pieces. Set aside.

4) Cook the pasta halfway (approximately 5 minutes).

5) Boil 2.5 cups of milk with the bay leaf. Take it off the heat and let it sit for 10 minutes.

6) Melt 4 tbsp of unsalted butter then whisk in the flour until it foams.

7) Remove the bay leaf and whisk the milk into the butter/flour.

8) Continue to cook the sauce, whisking often, for 5 minutes.

9) Turn off the heat and gradually whisk in the cheese until melted.

10) Add the sauce and kale to the pasta then pour into the baking dish.

11) Sprinkle bread crumbs over the top.

12) Bake until top is browned- about 40 minutes.

13) Put a serving in a to-go container and deliver to my home. Thanks!

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