Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bean Brine III

Bean Cuisine; Vegan Marshmallow Fluff; Where have you "bean" all my life?; Where have you been all my life?; Vegan Marshmallow Fluff; Chickpea brine egg white substitute; Chickpea brine marshmallow fluff; Bean brine egg white substitute; Bean brine marshmallow fluff; egg-free marshmallow fluff

Inspired by the recent discovery of bean / chickpea brine as a suitable egg white substitute, our theme this month is "Bean Cuisine."  We will devote this month's entire collection of cartoons to the amazing concoctions that come from the humble bean's humble brine.

Little known fact: the Kale Crusaders Headquarters is located a mere 15-minute walk from the birthplace of Marshmallow Fluff in Somerville, Massachussets.  Unfortunately we have not attended Somerville's annual Fluff Festival because of the lack of vegan options, up-to-and-including the Marshmallow Fluff.

But now thanks to Mihl of Seitan is My Motor and her innovative Vegan Marshmallow Fluff recipe, we can hold our own Vegan Fluff Festival in our own kitchen whenever we want!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Bean Brine II

Bean Cuisine; Vegan Macarons; Packed full of "macaron nutrients; Vegan Macarons; Chickpea brine egg white substitute; Chickpea brine macarons; Bean brine egg white substitute; Bean brine macarons; egg-free macarons

Inspired by the recent discovery of bean / chickpea brine as a suitable egg white substitute, our theme this month is "Bean Cuisine."  We will devote this month's entire collection of cartoons to the amazing concoctions that come from the humble bean's humble brine.

Charis Mitchell from Floral Frosting has cracked the vegan macaron code with the assistance of the almighty chickpea brine.   So far Charis has baked up Cookies & Cream Macarons, Peaches & Cream Macarons, and Funfetti Macarons with Rice Crispy Treat Frosting.  We can't wait to see what she dreams up next!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bean Brine

Bean Cuisine; Oh dang, vegan meringue; Vegan Meringue; Chickpea brine egg white substitute; Chickpea brine meringues; Bean brine egg white substitute; Bean brine meringues; egg-free meringues

Inspired by the recent discovery of bean / chickpea brine as a suitable egg white substitute, our theme this month is "Bean Cuisine."  We will devote this month's entire collection of cartoons to the amazing concoctions that come from the humble bean's humble brine.

Becky Striepe, of Glue & Glitter fame, first exposed us to the bean / chickpea brine egg white substitute phenomenon back in March.  Thanks to Becky, Vegan (White Bean) Meringues are now within reach!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Avocado V

Acocado Chips; Dehydrated Avocado Chips; Avocado Fries; Dehydrated Avocado Fries; Vegan Fritos Chips

In anticipation of Saint Patrick's Day (and just for fun), we've decided to feature only green food cartoons this month!

It is funny how we sometimes discover a new crazy use for a veggie once it becomes available as a commercial snack food.  After reading about many of the exciting new foods on display at the Natural Food Expo West, we discovered that avocado chips were possible.

Intrigued, we had to figure out if there was a way to make these at home.  Fortunately the folks over at Weston Products provided a recipe for dehydrated avocado chips.  Honestly, we really have no idea what to expect.

Disclaimer: We have no affiliations with Yumma Superfoods and Weston Products.  We doubt that they are even aware of our little corner of the internet.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Avocado IV

Avocatta Lasagna Rolls, Vegan Avocado Ricotta Lasagna Rolls

In anticipation of Saint Patrick's Day (and just for fun), we've decided to feature only green food cartoons this month!

Cooking inspiration comes from many places near and far, including the goofy depths of our brains. Thanks to Lee Khatchadourian at The Vegan Version and her middle-of-the-night stroke of genius, we can all enjoy her Avocatta Lasagna Rolls and bask in the glory of identifying yet another way to sneak more avocado into our mouths meals.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Peas II

Green Pea Cookies, Yippea! Chinese New Year Coookies

In anticipation of Saint Patrick's Day (and just for fun), we've decided to feature only green food cartoons this month!

We wonder if the folks at Green Pea Cookie will be our friends. We have so much in common--a love of puns, food cartoons, and vegan snacks.  We had never heard of green pea cookies until last month when a few vegan bloggers shared their reviews of this unique snack.

Intrigued and hungry, we looked up some recipes online and found that these green cookies are a popular Chinese New Year treat that are pretty simple to make.  For those of you who want another excuse to add green veggies to your baked goods--this Green Pea Cookie recipe by Swee San at The Sweet Spot is for you!

Disclaimer: We have no affiliation with Green Pea Cookie; although, we do follow each other on Twitter.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Peas

Cloudy with a chance of Pea Balls, Cloud with a chance of Meat Balls, Vegan Meatballs, Vegan Pea Balls, Vegan Peaballs

In anticipation of Saint Patrick's Day (and just for fun), we've decided to feature only green food cartoons this month!

We discovered these Vegan Italian Peaballs by Daniella at Pepe Azzurro a few weeks ago and we knew that these peaballs must take center stage during our month of green food cartoons.

We hope you enjoy this literary-inspired, movie-popularized, and Super Mario Brothers-styled cartoon!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Avocado III

avocado mac and cheese, avocado macaroni and cheese, not your average mac, not your avo-rage mac, dairy-free macaroni and cheese, dairy -ree mac and cheese

In anticipation of Saint Patrick's Day (and just for fun), we've decided to feature only green food cartoons this month!

As you may recall, we love vegan macaroni and cheese but Jackie Sobon of Vegan Yack Attack is the queen of vegan macaroni and cheese, devoting two Vegan MoFos to the vegan macaroni and cheese cause.

Avocado might not be the first cheese substitute that comes to mind but trust us (and more importantly, Jackie) with her Avocado Mac (and cheese) recipe.  It is (kind of) green and (very) delicious!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Chickpea VI + Tahini II

Chickpea <3 Tahini, Chickpea Hearts Tahini, Valentine's Day, Plant Power Couples

The month of February is often associated with Valentine's Day and all things love-related. Regardless of your affection or disdain for this holiday, we can probably all agree that we love food, especially our plant friends.  In honor of plant foods that pair well together, all of our February cartoons will feature plant power couples.

We end our month of plant power couples with the greatest love story of all--chickpea and tahini. As you may recall in our Hummus is a Food Group post:
"Hummus" means "chickpea" in both Arabic and Hebrew, and many folks from the Middle East insist that that hummus is, in its purest form, a smooth spread made from chickpeas and tahini.  Hummus lovers outside of the Middle East, on the other hand, sometimes refer to any smooth bean spread (throw in other ingredients! with or without tahini!) as hummus.
Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi share a strong point of view on tahini's major role in hummus, as illustrated in their Basic Hummus recipe from their cookbook, Jerusalem (via Food52). Personally, we would like to thank them for teaching Westerners how to make a proper batch of hummus.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Buckwheat II

You and me are like kash & varnishkes; roasted buckwheat, Valentine's Day, plant power couples

The month of February is often associated with Valentine's Day and all things love-related. Regardless of your affection or disdain for this holiday, we can probably all agree that we love food, especially our plant friends.  In honor of plant foods that pair well together, all of our February cartoons will feature plant power couples.

I would venture to say that we cook up kasha varnishkes (toasted buckwheat and bow-tie noodles) nearly once month here at Kale Crusaders Headquarters. The toasted buckwheat, nearly-burnt onions, starchy noodles, and generous splashes of olive oil make this a satisfying and comforting Eastern European-inspired dish. 

We encourage you to cozy up with a bowl of homemade kasha varnishkes and this Kasha Varnishkes recipe (with the olive oil option) by Olga Massov at Sassy Radish is similar to the informal recipe that we follow.