Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Horseradish

Horseradish: Pretty in Pink

Happy Passover to those celebrating! The Kale Crusaders' first exposure to Horseradish involved a jar of the fuchsia-hued variety. Little did we know until much later in life that Horseradish came from a gnarly-looking root and tasted much spicier without the added beet pulp.

Want to make your own at home? Lisa Goldfinger at Panning the Globe has got you covered with her Fresh Horseradish with Beets recipe!

P.S. We resisted the temptation to deck out Horseradish in the iconic Pretty in Pink prom dress.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Asparagus II

Asparagus in a blanket dreams of spring days; twigs in a blanket

Asparagus is coming out of hibernation to celebrate all things spring. Leave the piggies in the barn and indulge in Asparagus in a Blanket (substitute the butter and egg for a vegan snack) by Cathy Erway of Not Eating Out in NY.

P.S. If don't feel like rolling out your own dough, rumor has it that there are some "accidentally vegan" crescent rolls and puff pastry sheets in your supermarket.

P.P.S Any idea how to pluralize asparagus? Asparagus? Asparaguses? Asparagi?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Kiwi

Eugene Wu is back with our April Fool's Day Cartoon!

Kale and Kiwi are easy to mix up. Kale is green but turns brown over time, whereas Kiwi is brown and green inside. Both crusaders are after the same goal: healthy meals and a full Plate of Food. Riding their fine steed, which is a a mix between dragon and horse, they're out to deliver children a nutritious and scrumptious course.

But really, why should you have to choose a favorite?  We propose that you say cheers to April 1st with a Kiwi Kale Smoothie by Jordan Cord of The Fitchen and Kiwi Avocado Kale Salad by Heather of Gluten-Free Cat.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Date II

Raw Date Caramel Sauce

Date has the power to transform himself into sweet, sweet caramel sauce.

Please check out Sarah McCin's Raw Caramel Sauce at The Sweet Life and consider pairing it with some Banana Soft Serve.

P.S. Many thanks to @ezovski for pointing out the uncanny resemblance between Date's silhouette & Block Island, RI.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Celtuce

Celtuce; Everyone is Irish on March 17th; Saint Patrick's Day; St. Patrick's Day; stem lettuce; celery lettuce; asparagus lettuce; Chinese lettuce

Move over, corned beef and cabbage. Say hello to Celtuce, your new favorite green on St. Patrick's Day.

Much like Celery and Celery Root, you can eat both the Celtuce Leaves and Celtuce Stem.  Celtuce's favorite meals are stir fries such as Stir-Fried Celtuce Stem and Tofu & Lettuce Stem Stir Fry with Pan Fried Noodles. You can even enjoy Celtuce Stem raw as Celtuce Noodle Salad.

P.S. If you are looking for Celtuce at the market, be on the lookout for his various aliases, including: stem lettuce, celery lettuce, asparagus lettuce, Chinese lettuce, wosun, and woju.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pepper

Happy Mardi Gras! Justice, Faith, Power, purple pepper, green pepper, yellow pepper, bell pepper

Happy Mardi Gras!  In Cajun cooking the "Holy Trinity" of vegetables includes onion, celery, and green bell peppers.  For this festive holiday that screams color, we are going to include purple and yellow peppers as honorary members of the trinity family.

According to Wikipedia, the "Holy Trinity" is the base for many classic New Orleans dishes including étouffée, gumbo, and jambalaya.

Lucky for you, we have found some veg versions of these classic dishes to meet your veggie-loving needs on Fat Tuesday!
Vegan & Gluten-Free Sausage Mushroom Étouffée at Books & Baubles
Mardi Gras Gumbo at The Vegan Road
Jambalaya at Girl Makes Food

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Avocado

Avocado Pudding, chocamole, chocolate guacamole, instant pudding and pie filling



























Peanut butter & jelly.  Peas & carrots.  Chocolate & avocado.

Who knew that chocolate and avocado were such a power couple?  Emily Levenson, thank you for introducing us to chocolate avocado pudding, a.k.a. chocamole.

P.S. Looking for some more chocolate & avocado ideas?  How about avocado chocolate mousse cake or avocado chocolate fudge?

P.P.S. Our deepest apologies to Mr. Warhol, who would never have supported pudding without the mass production.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Satsuma

Satsuma, orange, sumo wrestler


Welcome to our first installment of Your Ultimate Cartoon Connection Adventure (YUCCA)!  Say hello to our first adventurer, Eugene Wu, who is an incredible artist, fruit lover, and early Kale Crusader.  Take it away, Eugene! 

Sat-sumo can withstand multiple bouts with the cold and emerge victorious.  Also known as the cold hearty mandarin, his loose leathery skin hides a heart of gold, tender, juicy, tangy insides....mmmm....

Sat-sumo spends a lot of time hanging with his brother Clementine's close friends.  But really, he's best seen doing his own thang, eaten by the bushel!

P.S. Would you like to be the next YUCCA guest cartoonist on Kale Crusaders?  Reach out on Twitter or email us.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Banana

banana soft serve ice cream, vegan banana ice cream

Bananas are the Swiss Army Knife of the culinary world.*

The internet has not been the same since Gena Hamshaw of Choosing Raw introduced Banana Soft Serve to the world back in 2009.  Some of our favorite variations include PB Chocolate Chip Banana Ice Cream by Cupcakes and Kale and Banana & Chocolate Soft Serve by Cadry's Kitchen.

* Here are a few other uses of this jack of all trades:
How do ripen an avocado in a jiffy?  Place it in a paper bag along with a banana.
What do you do if your bananas are too ripe?  Bake banana bread.
Do you want to replace eggs in your baked good?  Mix in a mashed banana.
Do you want to reduce the oil in your baked good? Mix in a mashed banana.
Do you want some bon bons, stat?  Slice bananas, coat with melted chocolate, and freeze.