Friday, January 15, 2010

Kale Nachos

On New Years Day in the South, it is good luck to eat blackeye peas for luck.  Unfortunately, I forgot to eat mine this year!  But, never-ye-mind because as long as you eat your beans within the month, you'll still have luck in the New Year (my rule...shhh!).  I've also been dreaming about a new Hot Yoga Food recipe: Vegan Spicy Kale-Blackeye Pea Nachos!  This recipe sounds gross at first, but you'll be surprised how good these are (and filling)!  It avoids the bad fried food/dairy rule, but you still get the taste and texture of cheesy, spicy, crunchy goodness!  These aren't too heavy like standard Mexican food, either.  These are great to whip up for lunch or after hot yoga class for a quick dinner. 


1 bundle of kale
canola oil spray

(bean-cheese sauce)
1 can cooked blackeye peas, drained
2 c. water
2 T. or 1/4 cup sliced, jarred jalapenos (depending on your heat endurance)
1/2 t. chili powder
1 t. cumin
1/2 t. cayenne
2 T. cornstarch
1.5 T. sea salt
2 t. onion powder
1 t. garlic powder
2 T. nutritional yeast
2 T. chopped black olives

(optional toppings)
light sour cream or greek yogurt
sprinkle of chopped black olives


Preheat oven to 400 degree F.  Remove kale stems by tearing the leaves into large pieces away from the stem.  Discard the steams and dry the torn kale pieces with a paper towels.  Spray a large cookie sheet with canola oil, and place the torn kale pieces in a single layer. Spray again with canola oil and sprinkle with sea salt.  Roast the kale for approximately 25 minutes until the edges of the kale become brown. 

While the kale is crisping in the oven, blend the blackeye peas and jalapenos in a food processor on high until it is a smooth paste.  Add the pepper-bean paste, water and the rest of the sauce ingredients to a medium pot and heat on medium until the sauce thickens.  

Pour the sauce over kale chips, the add dollops of sour cream and sprinkles of black olives on top of the cheese sauce.  Enjoy!

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