One of the hardest parts of being a new vegan (or even an old seasoned vegan) is trying to keep up with all the new products out there. I must have spent over $50 looking for the "right" vegan cheese my first year being a vegan and I have over 50 vegan/vegetarian cookbooks in my arsenal but not all the recipes are the greatest. I’m the first born so I’m used to being a Guinea Pig and now I’m your Vegan Guinea Pig. So here are my recommendations and critiques. Let me know what you think!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Spicy Kale Slaw

I don't believe in using the term "super foods" but if there were ever a food that embodied that term it's kale. Kale is rich in vitamin A, K, C, Calcium, omega 3 and 6, B vitamins, and many other essential vitamins and nutrients. My CSA always has an abundance of kale, which means my fridge is always stocked with it. I prefer to eat my kale raw but have been running out of ways to prepare it. Week after week I remixed recipe, after recipe, blending a little bit of this and a little bit of that until I happened upon this Spicy Kale Slaw. The ingredient list looks daunting but most of it is just common spices. It literally takes minutes to put together. I recommend starting with 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne and working your way up. The flavor intensifies overnight so keep this in mind when deciding how much cayenne you will add as well.

Spicy Kale Slaw
4 cups thinly sliced kale, any variety
1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
½ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup golden raisins
½ cup Veganaise
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon paprika
1/8 to ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon curry powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground clove

Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss until kale is evenly covered. Cover and chill for at least an hour.


  1. I'm going to try this with some avo instead of veganaise! I think it's going to be fabu!

  2. Perfect timing we just got some Kale in from our farmers market. I think I will try this tonight!
    You probably have already tried this but I deal with my excess of kale, and my craving for chips by making kale crips!

    By the way your cookbook was the first I bought when I went vegan. My husband and I love all the recipes!

  3. Can't wait to try this! Thank you!!

  4. This looks really good! And I'd been trying to figure out how to use up the rest of the kale in my fridge... thanks for the recipe!

  5. This looks wonderful - I know we'll be getting an abundance of kale in the CSA this summer so I'm filing this one in the "to be made" pile!

  6. Ooooh I know what I'm having for lunch tomorrow! I just bought your cookbook and it's excellent. One thing is better than the next. Thanks for all the great recipes.

  7. Mmmm, sounds delicious! My entire family loves kale, so I'm always looking for recipes. :)

  8. I made this tonight. OMG! So delicious! (I liked the idea someone had of using avocado instead of veganaise. I may try it that way next time.)


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