KALE PIZZA FOR KALE DAY!
KALE PIZZA FOR KALE DAY!
Today is National Kale Day in the U.S. and Canada! And to celebrate I want to share a delicious, easy way to enjoy Kale—plus two more of my favorite superfoods: Sweet Potatoes and Walnuts.
But before we get to the recipe (it’s amazing and it’s pizza!), here’s a quick nutrient rundown on this power trio:
- Kale’s glucosinolates can help regulate detox at a genetic level. Its 45 antioxidants help strengthen the body’s immune system and prevent cancer. Its high omega-3 fatty acid and helps fight inflammation. And, a one cup serving of cooked kale has 327.6 % of our daily requirement of Vitamin K, 354 of Vitamin A, 88.8% of vitamin C and 27% of manganese. Plus, kale has more protein per calorie than beef!
- Sweet potatoes boast large amounts of phytonutrients for disease prevention, anti-inflammatory help and fast healing. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and manganese. In addition, sweet potatoes are a good source dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B5, and potassium.
- Walnuts are an omega-3 fatty acid powerhouse, containing 94.5% of this brain-helping and cardiovascular protecting nutrient in a ¼ cup serving. They also contain a large amount of vitamin E, protein, fiber and manganese.
Sweet Potato Kale Pizza
Serves 2 to 4
This delicious and very different pizza was adapted from a recipe I recently found in Self magazine. If you have some cooked kale sitting about, you can use a cup or so of that—but squeeze the moisture out before putting it on the pizza! This is a versatile recipe, so please play with the spices, the veggies you use, the type of crust you try—do anything you want with this recipe! It’ll be fantastic! And healthy!
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1/8 to ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or
Salt to taste
1 package (21 ounces) prepared whole-wheat, regular or gluten-free pizza dough
1 bunch curly kale, stemmed and torn into bite-size pieces
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese, blue cheese or shredded mozzarella (Or leave the cheese off entirely!)
Optional: crumbled bacon or chopped sundried tomatoes or black olives or anything else that sounds good
Optional: 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan
Optional: 1 tablespoon crushed walnuts
Heat oven to 425°F.
Boil a large pot of water. Cook sweet potato in water until fork-tender, about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and let cool 5 minutes.
In a food processor, pulse potato, 1 tablespoon oil, red pepper and a pinch of salt until sauce is smooth.
Roll out dough until 1/4 inch thick. Spread potato sauce evenly over dough.
In a large bowl, toss kale in remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil until evenly coated; top pizza with goat (or other cheese), kale and, if using, optional bacon (or other ingredient) and parmesan. Bake until crust is golden, 10 to 15 minutes, sprinkling on walnuts in final 2 minutes.