Inspired by: Oh She Glows
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day I present: Something Green!
Start by soaking a cup of cashews in water (for an hour) and cutting the kale into chip sized pieces. I opted to leave the stem since I couldn't bring myself to waste the nutritional goodness to the compost. This was a bit of a mis-step since this makes the kale "chips" more like sauteed kale - a little on the damp side. I recommend cutting out the stems and spines and using them in a smoothie. After the cashews have soaked sufficiently combine them with nutritional yeast, garlic, water, salt, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil in a food processor and blend. The nutritional yeast is what gives the sauce the cheesy flavour. It's good for you too! Try it on pop-corn.
Then comes the task of rubbing the faux-cheese sauce. I'm not going to lie - this takes forever. The recipe also leaves you with A. a TON of kale chips (I couldn't eat them before they went limp) and B. lots of excess cheese sauce. Use the excess sauce in a stir fry and you may be pleasantly surprised (thanks for the idea K!). I will admit though, even though they were a little on the soggy side, they were still pretty addictive. I could've ate them all myself if given the chance. If you don't have an exorbant amount of time on your hands I would recommend skipping the cheese sauce and simply tossing the kale with a bit of salt and olive oil. Oh and yes, it does taste cheesy - even better than parmesan!
Faux-Cheese Kale Chips Recipe