Once the reserve of the superfood-conscious, kale is most definitely mainstream, now.
And we're not surprised as to why – this versatile, flavour-packed relative of the cabbage works wonders in recipes for dips, snacks and delicious main courses.
Check out eight of our favourite ways to spruce up the veggie below.
Colcannon cakes with poached egg
Frozen kale is used to make these colcannon cakes, making them a great option to have when fresh supplies are running low and you need something quick and easy from the freezer. Delicious as they are when served with a simple poached egg, you could also add a few rashers of bacon, or some cold gammon.
Kale pesto dip with crumbled feta
Made with plenty of kale, salty feta and fresh lemon, this sensational sauce is easy to make and tastes great on toasted pittas as well as with grilled fish or stirred through pasta. Not a fan of feta? Replace with ricotta for a super creamy, milder alternative.
Warm kale and sausage potato salad with tahini dressing
Nutty tahini is the perfect partner to leafy kale, adding a creamy richness to this autumnal salad. We love the way the tahini works with the chilli in the sausages, bringing hearty flavours from across the world into the mix.
KALE AND JERSEY ROYAL HASH
This simple kale and Jersey hash is the perfect midweek dinner. You can throw in whatever veg you have hanging around in the fridge – tomatoes add a bit of juiciness and sweetness, and sliced onion adds flavour. If you want to make it go further, consider topping with a fried (or poached) egg. Yum.
Kale and bacon pearl barley 'risotto'
Earthy kale works well with nutty barley and smoky bacon in this tasty dinner. Not only is pearl barley higher in fibre, but it's also simpler to cook than a traditional rice risotto.
The beauty with this dish is you can chuck in whatever leftovers you've got lurking in the fridge: torn cooked chicken, cooked veggies, squares of ham and any crumbled cheese would all work wonders!
WARM PRAWN, KALE AND NOODLE SALAD
Egg noodles, prawns and kale are combined in this super-speedy weeknight dish. Serve warm, in a big bowl in front of the telly.
Crunchy Parmesan kale crisps
A tasty swap for standard crisps, these crinkly kale versions make a delicious snack or crouton-style topper for soups and salads. Serve alongside evening drinks with a creamy, herby dip to really impress dinner guests.
VEGGIE SAUSAGE AND KALE PASTA
Sausage and kale work perfectly together, but if you're going vegetarian (or just cutting back on meat) then veggie bangers are a fantastic substitute for the real thing. Garlic, onion and fennel seeds help to make this a seriously tasty dish - just sprinkle with a little pepper (or Parmesan), sit back and enjoy.