Friday, October 14, 2011

Peanut Kale

Happy VeganMoFo Hump Day!

Hi everyone! Amanda has asked me to contribute as a guest blogger today while she’s out of town. You may know me from one of her many travel adventures, as we’ve stuffed our faces in countless cities together across the continent. She refers to me as Shivels, which is a nickname that I hate! So while I have full reign of her blog today, I’m going to go ahead and change my nickname to Supreme Master.

Moving on.

A little background information on me: I’ve been vegan for over 8 years. Amanda and I met in Florida but I moved to Seattle 3 years ago. I moved here mainly for the food but I tell mainstream society it was for graduate school. Which is partially true; I just picked my school based on which city had better food to offer. So here I am!

As a grad student, my nutrition has had its ups and downs. Finals week are the worst and most days involve me throwing Amy’s microwaveables in my backpack or ordering a pizza and hoping it’ll last me my next three meals. This pattern usually leads me to reflect upon my nutrition at the end of the week and panic. I then try to think of the most nutritious way I can make up for my sins. In my panic, the gloomy Seattle clouds part and a light shines down upon the kale in my fridge.

Sometimes I’ve been so short on time and so desperate for nutrients that I’ve just taken bites out of a bunch of kale before bed. Not ideal. Other times I’ll have it juiced. Oftentimes I’ll just sauté it with some garlic, braggs and seasame oil. Regardless of how I eat it, I always resort to a kale cleanse to clear my conscience. The last time I did this, I was looking for something different and came across this recipe for Creamy Peanut Kale on vegweb.

I like this recipe because not only is it delicious, but it's fast and simple. Prepping for it really just involves chopping the kale and making the peanut sauce.

Wilted and nearly-dead kale, ready to become something more!

Another thing I appreciate about the recipe is that once you have the kale, it's likely you'll already have the remaining ingredients sitting around the kitchen. So if you're ever looking for a quick and easy recipe to clear your conscience of your gluttonous sins, give this one a try!

The end product may look something like this, although I usually make a thicker peanut sauce than what the recipe makes. (Caution: my pictures were taken with a smartphone on a plate with streaks on it. Not the food porn you're used to, I'm sure. Sowwy!)

I'd like to end this Hump Day post by sharing a song by fellow vegan, Leslie Hall. Go ahead and give it a listen and remind yourself of the deliciousness and nutritiousness of VeganMoFo!

-Supreme Master


  1. Yum! I'm making this today. Right after I pick up some kale at the farmers market today.

  2. Nice!! I need to try this!

  3. How have I never thought to combine peanut butter and kale?! Genius! Thank you, thank you, Supreme Master! What a wonderful friend you are!! <3