Kale is the new spinach

Anyone see the latest Modern Family?  Well, whether you did or didn’t, you’ll be happy to know that veg friendly foods are getting major shout-outs on sitcom TV as of late.  In addition to the aforementioned episode highlighting kale as the new “it” green leafy veggie, a few weeks ago seitan was featured on Parenthood.  Hooray for making vegan cuisine more mainstream!!


One giant leap for vegankind…

On that note, I finally got around to making a dish I’d been toying with brainstorming for a few months (yes, months).

Vegan Creamed Kale


  • kale, 4-6 big leaves
  • 1/4 cup soaked cashews
  • 2 tbsp honey mustard
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tbsp onion powder



Rinse and drain soaked cashews and combine with all other ingredients in a food processor.


Pulse until smooth.


Taste test 🙂

Sautee kale in a pan with a glug of EVOO.


While a “glug” may not seem a technical instruction, it’s not rocket science.  Just add the kale, cover with a lid, and let the steam do most of the work.




Once the kale starts to get a little wilty, pour in the cashew sauce.


Fold the sauce into the kale so the leaves all get evenly coated.


Let it simmer for another few minutes until the sauce heats up and starts thickening.  And voila!  Creamed spinach kale.


I served mine up alongside a big heap of fresh-from-the-rice-cooker quinoa.


And then I mixed it all together.


Holy. BLEEP.


I’m pretty sure this is the best recipe I’ve made to date.  How is it that cashews make the most insanely simple concept so freakin’ fantastic?  This tasted like a creamy, warm-your-belly, comfort dish.


I am definitely bookmarking this one for future Thanksgiving and/or Christmas dinners because I know everyone will love it – vegans, carnivores, even my picky little sister who finds some ingredient she doesn’t like in every recipe on earth (sorry bee, you know it’s true!).


I had seconds (duh) and then added the last of the quinoa to the drippy drops of sauce left in the food processor so as not to waste even a nanogram of cashew cream.

If there weren’t the risk of slicing off my tongue I would have licked the entire blade clean too.  Kyle always jokes that I am like a cat because I lick EVERY inch of food clean on my plate/utensil.  What can I say?  I don’t like waste like food.  🙂

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Comments (69)

  1. Kelsey @ Unmitigated Grub

    Totally saw that modern family! They weren’t loving kale, per se, but at least they were trying it. 🙂

    This looks so amazing!! And I thought my days of creamed spinach/greens were over…

  2. Jess@HealthyExposures

    I have been obsessed with using cashews in sauces lately – and this recipe looks AWESOME! Seriously, how are cashews so dang cool?!

  3. Kay

    Loved the food references in both shows! I love when mainstream TV uses its powers for good. Side note, have you seen Perfect Couples? Hilarity. I’ve tried to make a vegan creamy sauce myself, but I use earth balance and almond milk as the base. One thing I’ve found that adds a nice, subtle flavor to it is a pinch of nutmeg. Learned it from Ina, she is the deal.

  4. nelly

    when i saw the title of your post…i remembered the episode of modern family…and i was like “hey…i just saw that on modern family…” and whattaya know…so did you…it was pretty exciting for me as well to see that kale was given a shout out on the show…

    this looks and sounds amazing…way to go girl!!!

    quinoa just goes with everything…

    have a great day!

  5. elise

    true. and neither was seitan in the parenthood episode…but at least they were mentioned! maybe the introduction to the vocab alone can help spread the word….

  6. Emily

    this recipe is such a good idea! ….if only a had a food processor, hah. but as sooooooon as i get one, this just may be the first recipe to grace it

  7. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine

    At first I thought you were going to blend the kale and I got kinda grossed out. But THIS looks delicious…at dinner last night we were actually talking about our love for kale!! I seriously need to replenish my nooch stash to make this…

  8. rebecca lustig

    I’ve never had creamed spinach, but I greatly prefer the taste and texture of kale.

  9. Evan Thomas

    This sounds delicious. I love kale way more than spinach, and what could make it better than that sauce?

  10. Maggie @asliceofwonderbread

    Thank you SO much for this , I cant wait to make it ! I have a serious kale probem developing . I buy a new bunch almost every day. I just cant get enough of this green deliciousness! But hey .. there are worse things in life to fall in love with 🙂

  11. JL goes Vegan'

    I heart kale!

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! I’m going to whip up a vegan version of honey mustard and give it a try this weekend!

  12. Carley Star

    This looks delicious! What brand of Nutritional Yeast do you use? I do not have a Whole Foods around me so I have to order most of my raw foods online. Thanks!

  13. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty

    I saw that on parenthood!! It was cute!!

    I make something like this too, and it’s fantastic!! Thanks for the reminder, it’s been awhile since I made it though!

    Have an awesome day!

  14. actorsdiet

    looks great – i posted on my FB wall to remind me to make it!

  15. danielle

    I saw that modern family also! Oddly enough, I was watching it while making your vegan enchiladas. Everyone who tries those think they are amazing by the way. It is my go to dish to impress meat eaters with. A friend told me I could trade a pan of them for unlimited use of his washer and dryer. If that isn’t success, I don’t know what is!

  16. Christine (The Raw Project)

    That’s great about Modern Family and more sitcoms shouting out to good foods. The kale recipe looks great! I’m a huge kale fan and plan to dedicate an entire planter bed to it this year in my garden, and maybe a few container gardens. Good thing it’s as pretty as it is tasty. 🙂

  17. Beth

    I’m sadly out of kale, but I’m going to go try your sauce recipe over broccoli for lunch! Is it just me, or is kale newly trendy? It’s like every health professional discovered it all at once. I have no recollection of kale at all from childhood, but of course I was probably too focused on things like strawberry poptarts at the time 🙂 Thanks for the great recipe!

  18. Salah

    that creamed kale looks so awesome! I am loving kale more than spinach right now!

  19. Katie

    Haha, yessssss! I love Modern Family and I loved that they mentioned kale. I also love the looks of this recipe. Love, love, love.

  20. Kim

    I am new to your blog and am excited to try this out. But would you mind explaining what is EVOO? Did I miss something here?

  21. fittingbackin

    YES! I saw it and just about died! I was like whoa – have you been reading the blogs??!! So funny and great way to prep it!

  22. Lindsey

    That recipe looks sooo good. I’m going to have to make it. I saw that episode of Parenthood and was so surprised when they mentioned seitan. Very cool.

    Speaking of seitan, I actually haven’t tried it yet. I stopped eating meat in October and haven’t eaten dairy for a long time. I’m slowly experimenting with lots of new vegan foods. Seitan is next on my list!

  23. movesnmunchies

    creamed kale!? SO genius!!!! my mom LOVE creamed spinach- she would love this healthier version!

  24. Katie (quickcookrice)

    How timely of you1 I actually paused the DVRed Modern Family during the kale scene because it was too funny. Or maybe only funny because I eat too much kale. As for Parenthood, they were definitely hating on seitan, but you gotta give it up for the little girl who stood her ground!

  25. Olivia

    Holy bleep is right ! that looks delicious! Kale chips are my favorite way to eat the green stuff eva’!

  26. BroccoliHut

    After some fantastic stewed kale I had today at a restaurant, I have rekindled my love of the stuff–definitely bookmarking this recipe!

  27. annecalista

    That looks un.believable.

  28. zoe

    i don’t watch modern family but i happened to catch that line while i was visiting my parents last week! how funny. and i thought the same thing…yay kale!!! this looks delicious! can’t wait to try it out 🙂

  29. Pure2raw twins

    haha yes kale is the new spinach 🙂
    Love creamy kale!

  30. elise

    you should watch that show…its hilarious!!

  31. elise

    me too!!

  32. elise

    word. cashew sauce could make dirt taste good i think.

  33. elise

    me too!!! my vitamin K levels must be through the ROOF. go thing im not on blood thinners 😉

  34. elise

    oh please lemme know how you make the honey mustard! agave?

  35. elise

    I use Bragg’s. I love it. You can buy bulk online though, but I never have. I’m a big fan of nutsonline.com for other goodies, so they are a reliable source.

  36. elise

    nice!!! thanks 🙂

  37. elise

    oh my gosh. you just made my day!!! thank you SOOOO much. glad the recipe is a winner. and thanks for the reminder to make it again. yummmm.

  38. elise

    im so jealous of your garden. can i come over?

  39. elise

    oooo…that sounds good too! i feel the same way. kale must be the new “it” food because i cant recall hearing about it at all and now its all over the place.

  40. elise


  41. elise

    haha, sorry! evoo is extra virgin olive oil 🙂

  42. elise

    YOU MUST! its the best faux meat of all. try it try it try it (i have a simple recipe in the recipe section for log seitan)

  43. elise

    oh my gosh its the best ever. im not even joking. im so in love with my own recipe its sick. haha.

  44. elise

    i know. at least they offered up a legit vegan alternative…even if the girl didnt like it.

  45. elise

    holy bleep is right my friend. make. this. now.

  46. elise

    thanks jessica. i cant wait to see your version.

  47. Marie

    its debatable if i would eat that…i looks a little to healthy for me. Also cashews are my version of balm bitters, although you do drink almond milk now so maybeee there is hope, maybe!

  48. Marie

    okay, you and laura ALWAYS give me crap for not reading things before I post them, shoot me. And I am aware that I made grammar mistakes in my post so I am going to post a redo! So no need to give me crap sister!!

    It’s debatable if I would eat that… it looks a little too healthy for me. Also, cashews are my version of balm bitters, although you do drink almond milk now so maybeee there is hope, maybe!

    looove you!

  49. elise

    I love you. And fyi – it’s bomb bitters. Not balm bitters. 😉

  50. JL goes Vegan

    Yep, I’m thinking agave and probably a vegan mayo (I think I’ll make one) and yellow mustard. Not sure! LOL

  51. kissmybroccoli

    Omg! GENIUS! I am so all over this recipe! Need kale STAT!

  52. Maggie @asliceofwonderbread

    Made this last night. WINNING

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  55. holly

    i want to make this but cream EVERYTHING together! would that be sloppy goop? yes. but sloppy goop that would probably taste pretty fantastic.

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  57. Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey

    You just kind of have me DROOLING over here. That looks so good! I wonder if it would work with collard greens too… but I’m partial to kale, so maybe I’ll just have to get some. 🙂

  58. elise

    hmmm…not sure about collards, but kale is a great texture for it.

  59. marian

    Made this last night, and oh. my. god. My boyfriend and I both agreed that it was one of the best meals we had ever made!!! THANK YOU!!! I will probably make this 300 more times.

  60. elise

    GREAT! I agree 🙂

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  64. marianne

    can you explain the soaked cashews? how long to soak them for?

  65. Elise (Post author)

    overnight is best. drain and rinse before using.

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  67. Bigg Sis

    This sounds AWESOME. I have always loved creamed spinach, but not the cream anymore… Great solution. I also just made my first hard cashew cheese. Cashews are amazing. Thanks for sharing this!

  68. Elise (Post author)

    cashews ARE amazing. this is truly one of my most favorite recipes ever. hope you enjoyed it!!

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