I'm so dang excited to share today's recipe. If you heard any weird loud moans this past week, it was the sound of me while eating this dish. Y'all know I'm big on food with flavor. I don't do bland food and I can't eat food that isn't flavored or seasoned well. So, today's recipe is soooo full of truly good flavor. So much that I think I will probably be making this every week for the rest of my life. The best part is that it is SO fast and easy to make.
This incredible recipe comes from a new cookbook called Bold Flavored Vegan Cooking: Healthy Plant-based Recipes with a Kick by Celine Steen. And that title is legit, y'all. Celine is the author of the blog, Have Cake Will Travel. This is my first time discovering her blog and I'm SO glad I have. The flavors in this book are bold and delicious. Nothing bland here. If you love well-seasoned food, bold flavors, Asian and Japanese flavors, Korean, then this book is for you. I don't ever say anything on this blog that I don't mean and I can honestly say that this recipe I'm sharing today from her book is incredible.
Like, so good that I'm dreaming of making it again in like an hour, hahaha.
Smoky kale and chickpeas. Miso Peanut Drizzle and a side of sweet potatoes with the miso sauce and sesame seeds on top. All of this combined was a party in MY MOUTH. The miso peanut drizzle is delicious straight from the blender, but when you put it over the smoky kale and chickpeas, OMG. That is about all I can say.
Now, you all know that I'm an oil-free cook. I do not use oil in my recipes here on this blog. There is one exception to that oil-free rule in my house though....and that is sesame oil. Sesame oil is something I only use maybe once or twice a year. Why? Well, simply because sesame oil is such a unique and important flavor that simply cannot be replicated. Also, it only requires a VERY SMALL amount to have a great impact on flavor. And like I've said before, I'm committed to oil-free cooking, but I don't obsess over perfection in my life. If I go out to eat, I don't worry about every ounce of oil, because I don't eat out often. Plus, I'm here to tell you that this recipe is so full of flavor, that the sesame oil was so worth it.
If you do, however, want to 100% avoid oil for health reasons, I totally understand. I would just simply cook the kale and chickpeas in broth and stir-fry them that way and add extra sesame seeds on top of the dish. The sesame seeds really add a tremendous nutty flavor that will makeup for the lack of sesame oil.
I've been kind of going to town lately on sesame seeds already anyways. I have a Caramelized Onion Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl coming in my cookbook that I top with sesame seeds similar like I did with this kale and chickpea recipe and I just can't seem to get enough of sesame seeds lately. She does not call for sesame seeds listed in her recipe, however, I noticed them in her photo and I feel they are a must garnish. Nice little crunch and boost of flavor!
She suggests serving this dish with sweet potatoes, which I thought was a fantastic idea. I just cooked a whole sweet potato, added some of the miso sauce and sesame seeds. So good. I think I'll add miso peanut drizzle and sesame seeds to all of my sweet potatoes now, lol.
Celine's book has so many amazing recipes and ideas and I'm beyond excited to try out some more. She has a kimchi sausage in the book that looks so freaking yummy and authentic. I practically drooled all over the page, haha. I love that her chapters are laid out in a unique way:
She also has some recipes labeled "In a Hurry" which I thought was really cool. Many are gluten-free and she even has some labeled oil-free. Some amazing recipes in the book are:
Summer Pinto Burritos, Crunchy Corn Waffles, Teriyaki Tempeh Tacos, Caramelized Jackfruit Tacos, Miso Sweet Cookies, Triple C Truffles....are you drooling yet?
Her pictures are really beautiful, too. They have a very warm and inviting style to them that makes you want to run to your kitchen and get cooking.
This Miso Peanut sauce. This sauce. I was eating it by the spoonful. Totally serious and not ashamed. It is delicious! It becomes even more alive when added to the smoky kale and chickpeas. Every part of this dish was fabulous. Hope you try it out and let me know what you think!
You can purchase Bold Flavored Vegan Cooking here!
Reprinted from Bold Flavored Vegan Cooking: Healthy Plant-Based Recipes with a Kick By Celine Steen, published by Page Street Publishing