Kale & Goats Cheese Bowls

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Kale & Goats Cheese Bowls

Kale & Goats Cheese Bowls

The idea for this dish came from the lovely Andrea from Dishing Up the Dirt.

She posted a recipe for a pasta with Kale and Goats Cheese.

Which made me think
a) yum
b) who needs the pasta?

Why not just up the amount of kale and serve everything with a handful of roast nuts for crunch and substance.

Love how the tangy creamy goats cheese melts slightly into the hot kale to make a chunky sauce.

And this dressing for the kale is so so good.

I first started using it years ago as a way to make Brussels Spouts completely addictive.

But have only recently thought to apply it to other vegetables. Better late than never 🙂

I actually have a slight preference for the fish sauce because the flavours are lighter and fresher while still deeply complex. But the soy sauce is good too if you don’t keep fish sauce on hand.

Enough for: 2
Takes: 15 minutes
Net Carbs: 13g/serve

1 large bunch kale (300g / 10oz)
1 tablespoon fish or soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice or wine vinegar
100g (3.5oz) goats cheese
100g (3.5oz) roast hazelnuts

1. Bring 1cm (1/2in) salted water to the boil in a medium saucepan. Remove kale stems and tear each leaf into 2-3 pieces. Discard stems.

2. Add kale to the pot. Cover and simmer for 2-3 minutes or until bright green and just cooked.

3. Drain kale well and return to the pot. Season with the fish / soy sauce and vinegar.

4. Divide kale between two bowls. Crumble over goats cheese and finish with hazelnuts.

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WINE MATCH: A buttery Chardonnay or a light red like Pinot Noir.

Variations & Substitutions

short on time – just slice the kale across the stems and be prepared to chew a bit more 🙂

dairy-free – replace goats cheese with hummus, avocado or this macadamia cream.

nut-free – replace nuts with cooked chickpeas, cooked lentils, poached eggs, cooked chicken or cooked sausages.

more substantial (carb lovers) – cooked pasta!

more substantial (low carb) – extra cheese, extra nuts, a big drizzle of peppery extra virgin olive oil, poached eggs, pulled chicken.

Low FODMAP – replace kale with spinach and use macadamias as your nuts.

different vegetables – these flavours are also excellent with beautiful broccoli, chard, collard greens, mustard greens, bok choy, roast cauliflower or even roast brussels spouts.

different cheese – feta, pan fried halloumi, blue cheese, cheddar, shaved parmesan or creamy ricotta.

Waste Avoidance Strategy

Prepare Ahead

Yes! Just cook as per the recipe but keep the goats cheese and nuts separately. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or can be frozen. To serve, warm greens in a pan with a little oil then top with cheese and nuts.

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