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.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Rice + Beans

We belong together like rice and beans, 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.

The bond between rice and beans suspends borders, cultures, and kitchens. Across the globe, rice and bean dishes come together with an incredible amount of variety in preparations and spices. We will barely scratch the surface here but, to whet your appetite, here are a few samples of delicious rice and bean dishes from countries around the world:
Happy (almost) Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Collard Green III + Black-Eyed Pea II

Collard Greens & Black-Eyed Peas: Two peas in a pod; plant power couples; 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.

For good luck, we would like to introduce collard greens and black-eyed peas as our first plant power couple. A customary combination enjoyed on New Year's Day in the Southern United States, collard greens and black-eyed peas represent money and eating them can ensure wealth in the new year.  It is never too late to whip up some collard greens and black-eyed peas, so check out this Lucky Stew by Amy Stefani at No Whey No Cow.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Millet II

It's Millet Time; It's Miller Time

For lack of a food-related festivity to look forward to in January, we are psyching ourselves up for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1. With less than one month to plan and prepare a snack spread, we intend to devote our next month to "snack-y" cartoons.

Our "Millet: Business in the front, party in your mouth" cartoon was the fifth cartoon on the site and one of our goofiest cartoons to date. We kind of cringe looking back at our older, more crude cartoons but it is also fun to witness the incremental, organic changes (and, perhaps, maturity?) of this quirky corner of the internet.

Nonetheless, there are so many uses for Millet that we have not yet discussed.  Substitute millet in your favorite rice, quinoa, or grain dish for a nutty surprise. Richa Hingle at Vegan Richa brings millet into savory granola territory with her Sour Cream & Onion Hemp Millet Crunch Snack / Granola recipe.  Perhaps you can whip up this quirky new snack for your Super Bowl spread this weekend!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cauliflower VII

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings; Vegetarian Buffalo Wings; Vegan Buffalo Wings; Chicken-free Buffalo Wings

For lack of a food-related festivity to look forward to in January, we are psyching ourselves up for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1. With less than one month to plan and prepare a snack spread, we intend to devote our next month to "snack-y" cartoons.

It is time to spice up our snack spread! How about these Cauliflower Buffalo Wings by Lauren Toyota and John Diemer at hot for food? Yes, please, and thank you!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Carrot II

Carrot in a Blanket, Vegetarian Pigs in a Blanket, Vegan Pigs in a Blanket, a 24-carat snack

For lack of a food-related festivity to look forward to in January, we are psyching ourselves up for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1. With less than one month to plan and prepare a snack spread, we intend to devote our next month to "snack-y" cartoons.

Carrots and hummus are the go-to party snack for the veg-heads.  Sure, we love a good veggie platter but we will happily take a break from the rabbit food and indulge in a warm, decadent, savory treat.  Fortunately Sandra of Vegan Sandra always remembers to bring her Carrots in a Blanket to the party.  The vegan (and non-vegan) crowd goes wild!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Fig II

Figs in a Blanket, Fig in a Blanket, Vegetarian Pigs in a Blanket, Vegan Pigs in a Blanket, Sleeping Fig, Dreams of Pig

Happy January, folks! For lack of a food-related festivity to look forward to in January, we are psyching ourselves up for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1. With less than one month to plan and prepare a snack spread, we intend to devote our next month to "snack-y" cartoons.

For our first installment, we would like to introduce you to Figs in a Blanket by Justin Fox Burks and Amy Lawrence of The Chubby Vegetarian.  Fortunately, no little piggies went into these sweet and savory snacks. Please note that you can easily omit or substitute your favorite vegan cheese to make these figgies vegan.  Also note that many commercial crescent rolls are "accidentally vegan."

Happy snacking!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Coconut VI

Coconut Juice, Coconut IV

Eugene Wu is back with our New Year's Eve (Eve) Cartoon!

The holidays are always challenging on the health. Flying (or driving, or walking) across the country to see loved ones, an endless parade of dinners and lunches, the lack of yoga and gym classes, and the parties. Oh the parties! With such a blur of activities, how can one _not_ feel like Coco the Coconut after the deluge of alcoholic beverages, heavy eggnog, and the lack of hydration?

Well praise science! Let it ring from sea to shining sea that Coco can drink its own medicine.

Dehydrated? Grab a pack of coconut saline and dip it in your veins[1].
Feeling hungry? Chew on some rich coconut flesh, because it's not red meat -- it's white.
Low energy? Drink from a fresh coconut stream and enjoy its supply of copper, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc[2].
Growing old? Bathe in its wealth of cytokinins and protect yourself from old age and cancer.

Whatever your holiday plans are, stay strong and eat our friend Coco the Coconut, and don't let him go to waste [3].

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10674546
[2] http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/nutrition-2.pdf
[3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWSA6vqKPw8