DINOSAUR kale!!!!! My grocery store doesn’t carry it regularly and I’ve been wanting to try it, so I bought a bunch of lacinato/dinosaur kale when I spotted it this week. I was going to put it in a smoothie, but I never got around to freezing my bananas and now all they’re good for is baking. So.
What to do with this lovely dark green kale? I decided to make a pesto. I thought that was an original idea, but I googled and found a couple recipes. Well, none were vegan. Let’s fix that.
One recipe I looked at said to rinse the kale with very hot water because, especially if the kale is fresh from your garden, there may be aphids. Hmm. What are aphids? I didn’t know, so I threw the kale in my colander and gave them a quick rinse. I started cutting the kale. I noticed…something.
This is an aphid. Gross. I looked through the kale I’d already cut, and sure enough, there were a bunch of little dead aphids everywhere. I threw the cut kale away and carefully, and with very hot water, sprayed the rest of the kale – one piece at a time – until I didn’t see anymore critters. So be careful of that, it could really happen to you.
(P.S. Thus making this a half recipe!)
In a small pan, add 1/4 C water to beans & onions. Season with a little garlic powder and a pinch of salt (I also added nutritional yeast, it’s optional). Cover and let simmer for at least half an hour.
Let’s finish the pesto.
There ya go. I admit, this is going to make a mess. If you’re not eating alone, I highly recommend using a knife and fork for this thing.
Both the kale and the blackeye peas have a very earthy flavor, the mustard offsets it a bit without taking away from it. Of course I love mustard, but it really did go well with it. I was still hungry after this but didn’t feel like eating more bread, so I just mixed the beans and pesto together and put them on my plate with a ton of mustard squeezed on top.
Be careful to check your teeth for kale bits when you’re finished because there will be at least two or three.
This is oil-free and perfect for a strict fasting day!