I LOOOVE kale….but the dressing used for a kale salad can either make or break the entire dish. I played around a bit yesterday and came up with this lovely dressing. The miso adds some saltiness, while the maple adds some sweetness and the tahini adds lovely creaminess. Adapt the toppings to what you have at hand – this is my personal favourite combination. The one essential topping that I strongly suggest you don’t even consider omitting is the fresh dates – preferably medjool:)
- 1 bunch kale, washed, main stem torn out, leaves torn into bite-sized pieces
- desired toppings. I roasted some baby onions in foil (without any salt/spices), peppers, medjool dates, cucumber, baby tomato and a raw corn on the cob. (yes! Raw corn is deliciously juicy as all the water is retained!)
- For the dressing: tahini, maple syrup, rice wine vinegar, water, miso paste, lime/lemon juice
- nutritional yeast
Prepare the kale and chop up all your toppings. In a small shaker, add 2 tablespoons tahini, 1 teaspoon miso, 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar and 1 tablespoon maple syrup and shake until combined. Add 1 tablespoon of water and shake again. Taste. Keep adding small amounts of water until the taste and texture is best for you. Add some fresh lime juice if you like – I used the juice of half a lime. When it is to your liking, pour it over the kale and massage the kale vigorously for a few minutes until it shrinks considerably in volume and softens. Sprinkle nutritional yeast generously on top and add your toppings.
I discovered this cheese sauce recipe on the internet while looking for a low fat, good cheese sauce. The first time I made the sauce, I served the cheese sauce on its own with roasted potatoes to dip into it – it literally blew our minds! After that, I just had to try it in a mac and cheese format and it worked beautifully. This recipe is now my entire family’s favourite vegan mac and cheese recipe – the others we have tried have all been good, but this one is exceptional!
Don’t be put off by the odd ingredients in this sauce – I promise you – it is amazing!
- 2 cups mashed up boiled potatoes
- 3/4 cup chopped up boiled carrots
- 1/2 cup (or more) nutritional yeast
- 1.5 teaspoon salt
- 1/2-1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (entirely optional – I left it out this time)
- optional add ins like sundried tomato
To make the sauce, simply peel and boil your potatoes. Peel and boil your carrots too. Once soft, roughly chop up the carrots and measure out 3/4 cup. Roughly mash the potatoes and measure out 2 cups. Add all ingredients (except the pasta – duh) into your blender and blend until smooth and creamy. This makes about 1.3 litres of sauce. I like my mac and cheese VERY saucy so I use about 350g gluten free pasta and double this batch of sauce:) How much sauce you use is up to you. I prefer my mac and cheese rather plain so I just chopped up some sundried tomatoes and once the pasta was boiled and drained, I stirred the cheesy sauce and sundried tomatoes through the pasta. I poured it into a oven safe dish and topped it with gluten free breadcrumbs and tomato slices with black pepper ground over the top. I then baked it for about 20 minutes.
This sauce is really amazing! Hope you like it as much as I do. Use it as a cheese sauce over nachos, to pour over chips, to pour over roasted vegetables, in lasagne, in pasta dishes that require a white sauce…..
Let me know what you think!