There’s this strange inaccuracy that I hear all the time: Vegetarian food is bland.
I think that’s because people are thinking of steamed carrots and bland veggie burgers!
The truth is that vegetarian food can be incredibly flavorful. Take for example, this spicy peanut kale bowl
, which not only features some really hearty vegetables (kale and mushrooms) but also a spicy peanut sauce that is out-of-this-world flavorful.
Kale can be an intimidating veggie to work with because it comes in huge bunches and looks unwieldy (at best). The thing to remember when prepping the kale for this dish is to rinse it really well – dirt has a tendency to accumulate in the leaves. Second, cut out the large stems in the kale and then roughly chop it up!
It’s that simple.
For the sauce, just add all the ingredients to a large pot over medium heat and stir until the ingredients are combined.
Eventually the sauce will come together in a smooth mixture and smell amazing. When it becomes warm enough to start steaming, you are ready to go.
The next step is kind of weird, but just toss in your kale! The heat from the pan and the sauce will gently wilt the kale but leave it slightly crunchy, which is nice.
Stir this all together so the sauce covers the leaves. At this point you can cover it if you want to serve the kale warm. It also works perfectly fine at room temperature.
The mushrooms are even easier than the kale. Just wash them well and then slice them into 1/4 inch slices.
In a large skillet, add some oil over medium heat and then toss in your mushrooms. As they cook add the soy sauce until they lose their moisture and start to soften, about 5-6 minutes.
These were my finished shrooms!
Now it’s just a matter of piling everything together. Start with a good rice base and then add the spicy kale mixture, sautéed mushrooms, and garnish the bowl with peanuts and cilantro.
I guarantee you won’t miss the meat in this guy. It’s flavorful and completely filling. Give it a shot if you’re looking for ways to work more veggies into your meals!
More Recipes to Kale ForNick wants you to get your veggie on for this dish. Be sure to check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon Profile.