Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Heart of Palm

Follow Your Heart of Palm Vegan Cheese, Palm Heart, Chonta, Palm Cabbage, Swamp Cabbage

Our brains nearly exploded when we first came across this 2-Ingredient Vegan Cheese recipe by Kristy Turner at Keepin' It Kind. Spoiler alert: the two ingredients are heart of palm and nutritional yeast

We recently whipped up this recipe in the Kale Crusaders Test Kitchen, stuffed the cheese into quesadillas, and we were mighty pleased with the results. Kristy, you continue to amaze us with your brilliant recipes!

Disclaimer: We have no affiliation with the Follow Your Heart brand of vegan products and we doubt that they are even aware of our little corner of the internet.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pomegranate

Pomegranate, The Parting of the Red Seeds, The Parting of the Red Sea

This biblical fruit has been hyped up for quite a while as a juice and prominent juice flavor.  Let's not forget that Pomegranate seeds are quite delicious on their own or as a cool, crunchy salad component!

For some inspiration, check out this Purslane and Beet Salad by Joumana Accad at Taste of Beirut and Delicata, Pomegranate & Avocado Kale Salad by Gina Eykemans of So...Let's Hang Out.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Avocado II + Kale II

Gauc-kale-mole, A testament to forbidden love, Avo-meo, Kale-iet, by William Sage-spear, Kale Guacamole, Avocado, Kale, Guacamole, William Shakespeare
 
Here is a short story about cartoon collaboration. A few weeks ago Cadry Nelson of Cadry's Kitchen posted her brilliant Guac-Kale-Mole recipe and the following creative exchange occurred:
Kale Crusaders: "This looks very cartoon-worthy! :)" Cadry: "Yes! I’m imagining some kind of soap opera love affair. 'When an avocado and a kale love each other very much, they make guac-kale-mole…' ;)" 
As you can see, things got dark (apologies) and overloaded with puns very quickly (no apologies). The moral of this story is here is to have faith in power of the generous vegan blogging community, kale, avocados, and tortilla chips. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Garlic Scape II

Garlic Scape Charmer, Snake Charmer, Scape Season

Heads up! Garlic Scape season is upon us once again! Hurry up before it is too late! Exclamation points!!!

Besides roasting, and sauteing, and pulverizing into pesto, Garlic Scapes are a fine addition to Fresh Summer Mango Salsa by Angela McKee at Canned Time and Turnip Green Garlic Scape Chickpea Pancakes by Shannon at Yup, it's Vegan.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Collard Green II

Wrapper's Delight by The Collard Greens Gang, Collard Greens, Collard Green Wraps, Collard Green Burrito,

Collard Greens, you are an impressive vegetable. Your nutritional profile tops the charts, and your insanely large leaves can serve as a container for our favorite burrito ingredients.  Seriously, Collard Greens, what is it that you cannot do?

Well, come to think of it, Collard Greens can't *yet* self-fill or self-roll. While we wait for that technological advancement, Candice Hutchings at The Edgy Vegan has you covered with her How to Wrap Collard Wraps Video.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cauliflower II

Cauliflower Rice; Grain Surgery

Cauliflower Rice is a fun alternative to the traditional rice that most of us are familiar with. McKell Hill at Nutrition Stripped has some great ideas for preparing and seasoning this tasty pseudo-rice!

Cauliflower has been getting quite a bit of attention these days given its versatility as both an alternative to grains and a base for creamy sauces. That said, it is surprising that this is only our second post devoted to our dear friend, Cauliflower, but be on the lookout for some more Cauliflower coverage in the coming weeks!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Potato II

Deviled Potatoes, Hail Seitan, Egg-free Deviled Eggs, Potato Angels

Yes, yes.  We know potatoes are far from underrepresented.  That's exactly what makes this recipe so great!  It's difficult for people to turn down potatoes in any form.  In our experience, deviled potatoes have a tendency to surprise and impress, and are gobbled down faster than veganized versions of other classic snacks.

For some inspiration, check out Michelle Taylor Cehn's Deviled Potatoes recipe (and video!) at Vegan Break.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Coconut II

Coconut oil, vegan butter, vegan buttah, it's like vegan butta, it's like buttah, Linda Richmand

Have you heard? Coconut oil is the new vegan margarine, minus a lot of ingredients, of course. Solid at room temperature, coconut oil comes is both unrefined and refined varieties.  If you dislike the flavor of coconut, the refined is your best bet.

Besides sautéing and roasting, coconut oil is wonderful in baked goods, including these Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever by Kortney Campbell at Vegan Housewives.

If you interested in making your own vegan butter with coconut oil, Mattie at Veganbaking.net has a tried and true method.

If you are feeling even more ambitious, Robyn Eckhardt at Eating Asia has a step-by-step tutorial for DIY Coconut Oil.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Chickpea III

Chickpea of the Sea The Best Tuna, Chickpea Tuna, Chuna, Chickpea Snorkeler, Snorkel, Swimmies, Flippers

Here is a brief summary of the creation process for today's cartoon:
  1. Randomly consider the idea of vegetarian tuna sandwiches;
  2. Search the web for canned tuna brands;
  3. Peruse the results, including Starkist, Bumble Bee, and Chicken of the Sea;
  4. Immediately identify "Chickpea of the Sea"as the ideal pun;
  5. Conduct another search for "chickpea of the sea" recipes; 
  6. Discover Chickpea of the Sea Salad Sandwiches by Julie at The Simple Veganista;
  7. Battle the nuances of the Chicken of the Sea font for a while;
  8. Fail to create a believable chickpea mermaid;
  9. Experience the comedic value of and nostalgia for bright orange swimmies;
  10. Use this list format for the write-up, click Publish, and hope for the best!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Coconut

Canned Coconut Whip, Canned Coconut Milk Whipped Cream, Cool Whip Logo, Vegan Whipped Cream, Non-dairy Whipped Cream

File this Coconut Whipped Cream by Leslie Durso in your "Vegan Dessert Magic Tricks" folder along with Banana Soft-Serve and Avocado Pudding.

Simply refrigerate a can of coconut milk for a few hours, scoop the solid white cream from the top of the can, whip with some powdered sugar and vanilla, and then go nuts!