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Vegan creamed kale for a side dish on Meatless Monday

Vegan creamed kale for a side dish on Meatless Monday

Let us give thanks for holiday dishes that appeal to everyone sitting around the table on Thanksgiving -- carnivores and plant-based eaters alike. This week, a traditional side dish with a twist: instead of spinach, we're using kale, and instead of cream, we're using cashew cream. And believe us when we say you won't be missing the dairy!

See also: Vegan green bean casserole for a holiday side dish on Meatless Monday

Vegan creamed kale for a side dish on Meatless Monday

You will need: 2 pounds kale 1 onion 2 tablespoons oil 1 1/2 cups raw cashews 1-1 1/2 cups water 1 lemon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 2 teaspoons miso Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Vegan creamed kale for a side dish on Meatless Monday

1. Soak the cashews in water for an hour or so before you start working on this recipe, then drain them.

Vegan creamed kale for a side dish on Meatless Monday

2. Rinse the kale and tear the leaves off of the stems -- it's okay if they're in big chunks.

Vegan creamed kale for a side dish on Meatless Monday

3. Bring a big pot of water -- a really big pot -- to a boil on your stove.

 

Vegan creamed kale for a side dish on Meatless Monday

4. While you're waiting for the water to boil, put the soaked and drained cashews in a blender or food processor.

Vegan creamed kale for a side dish on Meatless Monday

Blend/process, adding warm water as needed (between 1 cup and 1 1/2 cups), until you have a cream-like consistency.

Vegan creamed kale for a side dish on Meatless Monday

Once the water is boiling, add the kale. Cook for five minutes, then drain and rinse with cold water until it's comfortable for you to handle.

Vegan creamed kale for a side dish on Meatless Monday

5. Squeeze the water out of the kale.

Vegan creamed kale for a side dish on Meatless Monday

Chop the kale with a knife -- you want it pretty fine.

 

Vegan creamed kale for a side dish on Meatless Monday

6. Dice the onion.

Vegan creamed kale for a side dish on Meatless Monday

Heat the oil in a large pot (you can use the same one you used to boil the kale, rinsed and dried). Add the onion.

Vegan creamed kale for a side dish on Meatless Monday

Saute for five minutes or so, until starting to get translucent.

Vegan creamed kale for a side dish on Meatless Monday

7. Add the kale, miso and nutmeg.

Vegan creamed kale for a side dish on Meatless Monday

Add the cashew cream. Reduce the heat to low.

Vegan creamed kale for a side dish on Meatless Monday

Cook, stirring occasionally, until the kale has absorbed the cream. Serve warm.



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