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Spicy Kale Hummus with organic radish

Simple n’ Spicy Kale Hummus

Ode to Kale.

 

This recipe takes the classic loved hummus dish and makes it fun to look at almost as much as it is fun to eat.

 

I was recently thinking back to when kale first made it’s way into the proverbial foodie world. I am not even sure when it became so popular, but all I know is that it’s like the grandfather of superfoods. It’s the Gandalf to the acai, spirulina,  goji berry, maca world. I have admittedly fallen into that category of foodie obsessed. I love kale. I love it because I know it’s healing and nutritious but also because it just looks so darn interesting. Anything that is interesting to eat is well, interesting to eat. But above the health benefits, it can make food the coolest color. Just like most all other categorized “superfoods.” Really! If you haven’t thought about it, here’s your chance. Kale makes the most brilliant green. Acai makes the brightest purple that you can’t get from beets or blueberries. Beets though… beets make a brilliant magenta, goji berry makes red, blueberries with some baking soda actually make blue, and spirulina is just the deepest forest green by nature. I love dying foods with nature’s gifts. I fall more and more in love with food because of its magnificent powers. And kale, well, kale makes the color green which is my favorite color so I am already biased to kale.

 

Spicy Kale Hummus

 

I just spent far too long looking up random facts about kale. It’s a powerful curse to have Google right at your fingertips. You can pretty much find the answer to any question imaginable. But if you are like me, you find yourself getting lost into surfdom and spending hours (which seem like minutes) researching random information like facts about kale, for instance.

 

Fact:

Did you know? In 2008, 539 babies in the US were named kale.

National kale day is October 2nd.

 

O, I have one more for you… Bon Appetite deemed 2012 as the year of the kale.

 

So does this mean that kale has peaked? Like it’s on its way to some kind of midlife crisis with beets or turmeric? I think I disagree. Perhaps 2012 was the year that kale made its grand entrance. But kale is still winning in my book. And it definitely makes this spicy hummus a win.

 

Spicy Kale Hummus

 

I grew up with the motto, “Eat something green with every meal.” I can still hear my mom saying it to me. When I end up with something like fruit for breakfast, I get that little voice in my ear that makes me go downstairs to my lanai and grab some greens to sauté up alongside my fruit. And now, whether by force, guilt, or because I actually love all vegetables, I love anything green. So much so that I try to sneak it into anything. Like hummus. And why not? Why not make boring old mashed chickpeas be bright green with some Omega 3s and Vitamin B tossed in?

 

Spicy Kale Hummus

 

This hummus dish is every radish or pita chip’s dream. It’s slightly lemony with a bite, and it’s packed full of nutrients that regular old hummus doesn’t have. I have made this for countless dinners and appetizers, and everyone loves it. It’s interesting. It tastes like hummus. And it’s green. What more could you want?

 

Spicy Kale Hummus

 

So dig in :).

 

Yields About 2 cups

Spicy Kale Hummus

Classic hummus dish spiced up with some color and fun that even the non veggie eaters with love. Perfect for the kiddos.

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups kale, rinsed and stemmed
  • 1 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons tahini
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup kale, stem removed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients into blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. If you need a little more liquid to help it move, add more olive oil by the tablespoon.
  3. Drizzle a little more olive oil on top to serve and sprinkle some cayenne pepper for an extra kick.
Recipe Type: Side Dish

Notes

Keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. Enjoy with pita, veggies, chips, falafel, or by the spoonful 🙂

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Calories
162 cal
Fat
12 g
Carbs
10 g
Protein
4 g


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Vegan Cottage Pie with Beet-Sweet Potato mash topping

Vegan Cottage Pie

 

Vegan Cottage Pie. It’s the lamb loving version of the traditional comfort dish, Shepherd’s Pie.

Vegan Cottage Pie

 

I just got back from a California Christmas. I spent a little over a week in Carlsbad and San Diego. It was cold. Like trying to go for a run at 9 am and getting a brain freeze / lungs frost over cold. Okay, I know southern California is nothing like North Dakota on a sunny December morning but for me, it was cold. Mind you I am now an official Hawaiian. Tropic searching, sun seeking, sweater wearing on a 75 degree winter evening Hawaiian. I like to think that I would bounce back to my tough skinned mountaineering self, but this recent trip was not very reassuring. I was bundled in all sorts of layers from yoga pants… 🙂 yea I said it, to flannels, wool socks, jean jackets and puffy Patagonia wear. I loved it. I sound like I can’t handle the cold. I can’t, but I still love it.

 

California Christmas

 

The scenery was simply amazing. I loved getting to see vast open skies and brown meadows that lead to snowy mountains in the distance. I turn around and see grassy cliff sides towering over deep blue ocean. I felt a sense of being home. It was comforting, especially being Christmas time without my family. This was the second Christmas of my 26 years around the sun that I was not with the Vernon clan. It never quite feels like Christmas when you are playing grown up and not with your parents and siblings, but it was wonderful nonetheless. That feeling of homesick I take as a reminder of being appreciate of what you have in life. Of all the love that greets you every morning from near and far and the potential each of us holds to give back, to make the world a litter brighter.

O, and lest I forget, the Mexican food. So many tacos. Soooooooooooooo many. I had shrimp tacos, veggie tacos, rolled tacos, taquitos, ahi tacos, breaded mahi tacos, and lots of guacamole. It tasted out of this world, but man when you aren’t used to eating that many tacos at once, you feel a little weighed down. Those are heavy little suckers. So I am feeling happy to be home in my own kitchen and whipping up some cozy meals packed with veggies of all kinds to recuperate from the Holidays. Can anyone else relate?

The Holidays definitely inspired this Vegan Cottage Pie. I have been craving the winter comfort foods and hearty vegetables but still wanting to have lighter meals as Christmas can mean a lot of pies and apparently, for me, tacos.

 

Vegan Cottage Pie

 

This one pot dish is packed with flavorful lentils, grounding vegetables, a little tangy zip of sumac, and deliciously creamy sweet potato on top. I even added roasted then pureed beet to the sweet potato mash to add that punch of color. I can’t help it. I love colors and beets. This has all the favorite parts of Shepherd’s Pie just a little more veggie friendly.

 

Yields 4-6 Servings

Vegan Cottage Pie

A comforting vegan friendly, one pot rendition of the traditional Shepherd's Pie. Loaded with vegetables and spiced lentils with a delicious sweet potato topping.

20 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups green lentils
  • 1 bunch of beets, quartered *optional
  • 2 lbs sweet potato (okinawan for color)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil or garlic oil + 2 Tablespoons
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 small leek
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon sumac seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degreed F.
  2. Boil sweet potatoes in a pot until fork tender. Set aside.
  3. *If you would like the pop of color with a little extra nutrients, roast beets in 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until very tender. Let cool then peel outer skin.
  4. Blend beets in a blender until pureed. Set aside.
  5. In a large saucepan, add the lentils and vegetable broth and bring to boil. Simmer on low heat until lentils are tender but not too soft, about 30 minutes. Check after 20 minutes to make sure they do not overcook.
  6. There will be extra liquid in the pan. Do not drain.
  7. While the lentils are cooking, sauté the vegetables in 3 Tablespoons olive oil or garlic oil for 3 minutes.
  8. Add the seasonings to veggies and continue to sauté for another 2 minutes. Continue to stir so as not to burn the sumac and garlic.
  9. Add the lentils and remaining broth into veggies.
  10. Stir in the tomato paste. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Remove pan from heat and pour into a lightly greased 9 x 9 inch baking dish or 4-6 ramekins depending on size.
  12. Mash sweet potatoes (don't worry about removing skin of potatoes) with 2 Tablespoons olive oil and optional beet puree until creamy. You can leave it slightly mashed if desired.
  13. Spoon mashed potato puree onto top of cottage pie filling then spread with spatula to completely cover. You can use a fork or knife to make a design on top.
  14. Place in oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until nice and bubbly.
Cuisine: Vegan Cottage Pie |
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Calories
382 cal
Fat
8 g
Carbs
57 g
Protein
23 g


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Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal

Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal

 

When I first started this blog I wasn’t sure how it would go, what I would write about (well, food was the obvious motivator but I mean to say, what my writing would be like), or how into the blogging I would be. I had an idea that I would like to write about my passion with all things food and maybe what I did on the weekend, but I was nervous to actually sit down and write something. I am not a writer. I mean I did rock the short stories in the third grade in my writing club and maybe won first place once or twice… but that was third grade. I think it was my wild imagination that got that shiny piece of paper saying, “Job Well Done,” and not my actual skills on crafting a compelling premise or grammar at that. I always think who cares? I should just post the recipe and leave the writers and publishers to write and publish. But then I get a phone call from my Mom the next day saying she made my pumpkin granola or a comment on a post from my Dad. And I feel like that’s a win. So Mom, Dad, this ones for you. And thanks for being my number one fan.

 

Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal

 

This recipe is actually for anyone who loves a comforting bowl of oatmeal for breakfast or a post workout snack. It puts a measly bowl of sloppy oatmeal to shame. It can be brought along as a powered protein snack opposed to the glorified candy bar that is CLIF Bar.

 

Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal

 

I imagine being back in Leavenworth, WA where my family has a house. Have you ever been? It’s one of the most beautiful and oddly (the only that I am aware of) German towns in the upper PNW you will find. Yea, it’s literally a Bavarian town, no exaggeration. Leavenworth was the Great North Railroad headquarters in the early 1900s. In the 1920s, (here’s a little Wiki search for you) the railroad was relocated to Wenatchee which was a detriment to Leavenworth’s economy. In the 1960s, two Seattle businessmen strategized how to rebuild and transform the struggling logging town. And the conclusion, Bavarian. It’s like stepping into Munich. It actually reminds me a lot of Innsbruck, Austria with the snowy peaks in the backdrop. As if the pretty building and snowy peaks aren’t enough for you – there’s beer, brats, and pretzels on every corner. And lederhosen.

Okay. I am redirecting myself back to my point. I imagine eating a big slice of this Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal square after a long mountain bike ride near the Ski Hill in Leavenworth. In Washington, riding is straight up then straight down. You get the killer workout with views of German town and the rewarding downhills. I don’t have a mountain bike in Hawaii, and while I miss the hard climbs and awesome downhill burns, hiking has been a great alternative. This recipe is the all around meal or snack alternative. I wish I had this recipe after a tough climb to the top of some ridge back in Washington. It’s the everything that can be flavored and made with anything.

 

Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal

(That’s my little beach cruiser in background with the bell on the handle bar. Not your standard mountain bike but it’s the perfect Kailua get around.)

This recipe was originally inspired by Cookie and Kate and her Blueberry Baked Oatmeal. I was brainstorming ways to make oatmeal a little more interesting. So I thought casserole. I mean the word casserole is the essence of either hiding an ingredient or spicing up a simple green bean. Am I right? So, fancy oatmeal you say? Oats in a casserole. And try not to automatically jump to your Grandmother’s Tuna Noodle Casserole like I do (Confession. Sorry mom. I was never really in love with that one). This is not your basic and bland casserole. It’s just like everything you hoped a bowl of oatmeal would be. So, search no longer.

And y’all, it’s so easy. I feel like I have to include that word into every recipe that fits the “in under an hour” description with limited ingredients or even better, one that is versatile and can be modified to pretty much anything you have on hand. When it’s baking in the oven, it smells out of this world good. You can eat with almond or peanut butter, add a little coconut cream and maple syrup on top for some extra sweet, hot or cold, at home or on the go.

So grab a baking dish, some oats, a banana, some spice, fruit, a bowl, and hop to it.

 

Yields 4-8 Servings

Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal

10 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups gluten free rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup nuts,seeds (I used pecans and pepita seeds)
  • 1 ripe banana, about 1 cup
  • 1 green apple, sliced and chopped (leave a few slices to decorate top)
  • 1 cup dried fig, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon - all spice, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon - baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1.5 cups nut milk
  • 2 flax eggs (2 Tablespoons flax meal + 4 Tablespoons water)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or raw honey
  • Raw Sugar *optional
  • *Optional toppings - coconut cream, almond butter, additional maple syrup or honey to drizzle on top, yogurt, additional fruit.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and toast nuts and seeds for about 10 minutes or until fragrant. All ovens are different so keep an eye on them as to not burn them.
  2. In a mixing bowl, use a fork and mash banana. Add another banana if it is under a half cup.
  3. Add wet ingredients to mashed banana - oil, nut milk, maple syrup.
  4. In a separate small bowl, mix together the flax egg and let sit for 5 minutes to coagulate.
  5. In another mixing bowl - mix dry ingredients - oats, vanilla extract, spices, baking powder, salt, chopped apple, toasted nuts and seeds.
  6. Add flax egg to wet mixture and stir well to combine.
  7. Lightly grease a 9 inch square baking dish for deep oatmeal slices OR a 9x13 inch dish for thinner slices.
  8. Scatter chopped fig on bottom of baking dish then cover with dry oat mixture.
  9. Pour the wet mixture overtop of oats in baking dish.
  10. Place sliced apple on top of dish to decorate. Sprinkle raw sugar on top to add a little more crunch.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes until set and the entire house smells like pie.
  12. Top with coconut cream or your favorite yogurt, dollop of almond butter or some extra maple syrup on top.
Recipe Type: Breakfast , Snack

Notes

Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. If taking on the go - tightly wrap in foil (especially if planning to put in your bike jersey pocket).

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Calories
430 cal
Fat
8 g
Carbs
82 g
Protein
13 g


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