Saturday, December 22, 2012

Bright and Beautiful Kale Dip

I love it's green color! :)

Oh the mighty kale.
How I worship thee.
So bountiful in nutrients,
There's no replacement for me.

Oh the lovely kale. It is so popular now with all the foodies that I had to use it, and because I love it so much... And because it's nutritionist's best friend! I used to think it was too bitter and it may take some getting used to for some but once you love it, you love it for life. It's chock full of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, copper and manganese! My boyfriend and I love it so much that we even thought about naming our future daughter after it! (How does Kale-uh sound? LOL!) :P

Plus, it's festive green for the holidays! ;) Enjoy the green!

Bright and Beautiful Kale Dip
Yield: Approximately 1 cup (Approximately )

Ingredients:
1/2 cup blanched almonds (*see below for tip*)
1/2 cup cashews soaked in water for about 1 hour
1/2 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon minced garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced white onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
Pinch cayenne powder
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
2 cups destemmed and roughly chopped kale, lightly packed

Directions:
Place the almonds and cashews in the food processor and process until it almost forms a butter. It will still be crumbly. Add the garlic, lemon juice, onion, salt, nutritional yeast flakes, cayenne, and nutmeg and process until completely creamy. Add the kale and process until completely combined and smooth. You will need to scrape the sides. Enjoy!

*Tip: 
You can make your own blanched almonds by pouring water that was just boiled over the almonds in a bowl, let sit for 15 minutes, and peeling them by slipping the skin off by pinching each almond in between your thumb and forefinger. It will slip right off. 
OR you could place the drained almonds that have soaked with the boiling water in a clean tea towel and rub them with the towel to rub the skins off.

Notes:
  • You can use almonds with their skins on but the mouth feel will not be as smooth
  • You could replace the cashews for macadamia nuts or any other creamy white nut (or if you don't have either, try with any other nut or seed; the flavor will be a little different but still yummers :)  )
  • If you don't have kale on hand, try spinach! I'm sure that would be awesome

Hehe... My boyfriend being silly with the dip and raw crackers. :P
Here is the full nutritional information and the basic nutritional information for this dip:
I hope you enjoy it and the holidays. As always, thank you for stopping by and let me know what you think! Talk to you all soon!

Love,
Rawnessa <3

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