Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nutritional Yeast VI

Nutirtional Yeast: Catnip for vegans; NoochVEMBER, NOOCHvember, #NOOCHvember, Nutritional Yeast November, Nooch November

Welcome to our third installment of NOOCHvember cartoons!  In honor of our favorite vegan food and our love of themes, each cartoon this month will be devoted to nutritional yeast.  Please follow along with our super-corporate #NOOCHvember hashtag.

Today's cartoon says it all.  Vegans go crazy for these mysterious yellow flakes of goodness!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Nutritional Yeast V

Nooch-It, Vegan Cheez-It, Nooch-Its, Vegan Cheez-Its, Baked Snack Crackers, NOochVEMBER, NOOCHvember, #NOOCHvember, Nutritional Yeast November, Nooch November

Welcome to our second installment of NOOCHvember cartoons!  In honor of our favorite vegan food and our love of themes, each cartoon this month will be devoted to nutritional yeast.  Please follow along with our super-corporate #NOOCHvember hashtag.

It is no secret that we love to poking fun at food logos and creating our own satirical interpretations.  Swiss Chard (Skittles), Butternut Squash (Butterfinger), Chickpea of the Sea, Sun Chokes (Sun Chips) and Coconut (Cool) Whip are a few of our favorites.


Please welcome the newest addition to our collection, inspired by this incredible Nooch-Its recipe by Beth at Eat Within Your Means.  Beth's Nooch-Its are a work of art unto themselves!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Nutritional Yeast IV

NOOCH Love, Nutritional Yeast Love, Philadelphia LOVE sculpture parody, Robert Indiana, NOochVEMBER, NOOCHvember, #NOOCHvember, Nutritional Yeast November, Nooch November

Welcome to our first installment of NOOCHvember cartoons!  In honor of our favorite vegan food and our love of themes, each cartoon this month will be devoted to nutritional yeast.  Please follow along with our super-corporate #NOOCHvember hashtag.

We would like to introduce nutritional yeast's (a.k.a nooch's) new look, entitled "Nooch Love." 

Also, happy Election Day to our friends in the United States!  We originally planned to bring you both an Election Day-themed and nooch-inspired cartoon today.  Unfortunately while exploring democracy-related inspiration, we were quickly derailed.  Below is a visual account of how today's cartoon came to be:

While perusing Google Image Search for aforementioned democracy-related inspiration, we were soon distracted by this image:

http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/2012-primary-endorsements/Content?oid=3049912

Which immediately then led to preoccupation with this iconic Robert Indiana LOVE image and subsequent set of sculptures:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_%28sculpture%29

Preoccupation then led to obsessive pixel pushing.  In honor of our love of nooch, we decided to contribute our own "version" of the iconic piece.  So there you have it--the creation story for today's "Nooch Love" cartoon.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Nutritional Yeast III

NOochVEMBER, NOOCHvember, #NOOCHvember, Nutritional Yeast November, Nooch November

Vegan MoFo 2014 came to a close a mere 30-something days ago, but it already feels like forever.  It was so much fun to participate in such a massive and passionate month-long pep rally for vegan food as both spectators and participants.  It was fun to have a single "Vegan Faux Show" theme for 30 days of cartoons.  Although our cartoons are sometimes seasonally appropriate, our selection is otherwise pretty random, so it is nice for us to follow some semblance of a structure every once in a while.

As the calendar turns to November, many Americans like to focus on the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and more carefully consider what they are thankful for.  We are thankful for many things in our life, including family, friends, the Internet, and Web 2.0 blogging technology.  We're also grateful to have food security and access to our favorite foods, including nutritional yeast. 

So, in honor of our favorite vegan food and our love of themes, we would like to declare November to be NOOCHvember here at Kale Crusaders Headquarters.  Each cartoon this month (5 total) will be devoted to nutritional yeast.  We hope you'll follow along with our super-corporate #NOOCHvember hashtag.  We hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cauliflower VI

Boo! Seaon's Greetings from the Cauliflower Clan; Purple Cauliflower; Orange Cauliflower; Green Cauliflower; White Cauliflower; Rainbow Cauliflower

Purple, orange, green, and white cauliflower are in season right now and they just scream Halloween!  Or maybe it is just us?

Embrace multicolored cauliflower and soup season with this gorgeous Rainbow Cauliflower & Basil Chowder by Yvonne and Julie at The Alkaline Sisters.  Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teff

One Teff Cookie, One Tough Cookie, Teff Cookie, Tough Cookie

Teff is just begging for puns and cartoons! Teff flour just happens to be a gluten-free and provides a nice stand-in for traditional flour.

During our exhaustive search for teff cookies, we noticed that peanut butter and teff are commonly paired together, as illustrated by these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Teff Cookies by Leslie Cerier. If peanuts are a no-go for you, most other nut butters, including the always allergen-friendly sunflower butter, would be a proper substitute for peanut butter.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Oyster Mushroom

The World is Your Oyster Mushroom

The humble oyster Mushroom is an incredible stand-in for both carnivorous land animal dishes, such as Vegan "Pulled Pork" Sandwich by CJ Bruce at Vegetarian Dude and seafood dishes like Vegan Crab Cakes by Monique at Brown Vegan.

Have you taken the plunge into the world of oyster mushrooms yet?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Chickpea Flour III

Tofu Burmese Style; Burmese Tofu; Gangnam Style

Here at Kale Crusaders we pride ourselves for being your go-to resource for breaking (food) news and trends but sometimes we fall short. Case in point: Burmese Tofu (or Shan Tofu) has deep culinary roots in Burma and the hit single Gangnam Style by South Korean musician, Psy, harkens us back to late 2012.

Regardless of our shortcomings, we encourage you to try Burmese Tofu for yourself. Unlike "traditional" tofu, Burmese Tofu is soy-free and consists of mainly chickpea flour, turmeric, and water.  Check out this Burmese Chickpea Tofu recipe by Jennifer Schmidt at Delicious Everyday.

P.S. Just a quick shout-out to our two favorite Burmese restaurants in the States. Burma Superstar in San Francisco and Yoma in Boston, located adjacent to Boston's (kind of) famous "vegan corner."

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Eggplant III

macaroni and eggplant cheese, vegan macaroni and cheese, vegan mac and cheese, say cheese, camera

In September, we're posting one cartoon per day as part of Vegan MoFo. Our theme, *Vegan Faux Show*, showcases various methods for creating vegan versions of classic foods like bacon, eggs, and cheese.

We kind of thought that we had seen it all when it came to macaroni and cheese. Boy, were we wrong. This eggplant cheese sauce featured in the Vegan Caramelized Onion Mac 'N' Cheese recipe by Dana Shultz at Minimalist Baker took us by surprise and totally blew our minds.

So concludes Vegan MoFo 2014 and 30 posts in 30 days. We had lots of fun and we hope that you did too!  Thank you for joining us and see you next week!

Vegan MoFo proudly present Vegan Faux Show 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sauerkraut

macaroni & sauerkraut cheese: dangerously cheesy duo! mac & shrews, vegan macaroni and cheese, vegan mac and cheese

In September, we're posting one cartoon per day as part of Vegan MoFo. Our theme, *Vegan Faux Show*, showcases various methods for creating vegan versions of classic foods like bacon, eggs, and cheese.

Vegan macaroni and cheese has gotten pretty sophisticated over the years. Some of the earliest recipes relied on lemon juice for tang and depth of flavor.  Then miso paste and tahini emerged on the scene.  And more recently insane ingredients like heart of palm and sauerkraut are tempting us with promises of signature cheesy depth of flavor.

With countless versions of vegan macaroni and cheese under her vegan belt, Isa Chandra Moskowitz of Post Punk Kitchen fame does it yet again with her Mac & Shrews recipe.

Vegan MoFo proudly present Vegan Faux Show 2014