May 20, 2017

Recipe: Crispy Coconut Kale

Kale can be very hit or miss and it's one of the most controversial vegetables out there. On the one hand, you have Those People who buy $7 bags of kale chips (with only two servings per bag) and wear Yale-inspired 'KALE' sweaters. On the other hand, you have the people who make taunting faces at bags of kale in the grocery store.

Yes, this is a thing that I have seen. Welcome to New York, city of characters.

Anyway, even for the most kale-adverse person out there, here's a surefire way to make the curly green enjoyable! It's crispy, it's spicy, it's flavorful, it's green and coconutty: 

Quick and easy kale

It's hipster crack.

How to cook kale

Another photo, because yum.

It's also super easy to make! I served it with coconut jasmine rice, roasted salmon, and roasted okinawan sweet potatoes for my first hosted dinner in my new (awesome) Upper West Side apartment. I must get around to writing up those recipes, as well, because the meal was a hit, but this crispy coconut kale was so good that I simply must share it NOW. Without further ado, here's the recipe.

Crispy Coconut Kale

Serves 4 

* 1 bunch lacinato kale
* 1 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
* 3-4 Tbsp. coconut oil
* 2/3 tsp. toasted sesame oil
* 4 Tbsp. tamari
* 2 tsp. sriracha

1) Preheat oven to 400F.

2) Wash the lacinato kale and remove the ribs. Chop into strips.

3) In a jar with a lid, combine the melted coconut oil, sesame oil, tamari, and sriracha. Screw on the lid and shake vigorously until the dressing is emulsified.

4) Combine the kale and shredded coconut on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.

5) Drizzle the dressing over the kale and coconut, then toss/mix it all up until everything is evenly distributed and the kale is evenly coated.

6) Bake for ~15 minutes, or until crunchy. Be careful that it doesn't burn - that can happen quickly!

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Enjoy! It's really great hot, but has a nice crunchy-chewiness when eaten cold.

Crispy Coconut Kale Recipe

If loving kale makes you a hipster, this recipe has converted me.

What's your favorite way to eat kale?

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