Tuesday, July 29, 2014


#hummusisafoodgroup, Hummus is a Food Group, Hummus as a Food Group, Vegan Plant Plate, Vegan Food Groups
Hummus just cartoon-bombed the Plant Plate!
Here at Kale Crusaders, we try to keep up with the latest food trends and movements. We've been late to one party, though: the "Hummus is a Food Group" phenomenon has been gaining momentum for quite some time now.  There are already t-shirts and hash tags devoted to this dietary movement.

Thanks to Jess from Cupcakes and Kale for bringing us up to speed!

Here's a a little disclaimer for the hummus purists out there.  "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.

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, 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.