I'd never tried kale before I started eating vegan. Now that I know what nutritional powerhouses dark leafy greens are, I try to eat a lot of them. But recently I've been eating a lot of kale not because it's good for me, but because it's so delicious when dressed with any yummy gravy or sauce.
I started to steam kale to go with some some test recipes for gravies and sauces I made for the next Happy Herbivore cookbook. I'm totally hooked, and now I have it all the time. A big bowl of steamed kale goes perfectly with gravies and sauces, and it's so filling! After I eat a bowl, I don't have room for much more. Here are a few test recipes I made with steamed kale:
Yesterday I made a very quick and easy to make Brown Gravy from the Happy Herbivore website. As with many HH recipes, it took all of five minutes to whip up. I used her suggestion of adding some additional cornstarch and water, and the gravy was super thick and creamy. I have no idea how its basic ingredients could taste so much like a meat-based brown gravy, but it really does. I had it over steamed kale and baked fries. Awesome.
The Silky Chickpea Gravy from Appetite for Reduction, or really any gravy or sauce, would also go great with steamed kale.