Have you tried kalettes yet? I’m always looking for new side dishes to throw into our weekly menu and these are so easy and delicious.
Australian grown by Adelaide farmers, this new hybrid vegetable is a mix of kale and brussel sprouts. They have a nutty and slightly sweet taste. Even if you aren’t usually a fan of brussel sprouts, I’d suggest giving kalettes a try anyway. I’m happy to say they’ve also been boyfriend approved. You’ll find them in Coles supermarkets.
What do they offer nutritionally?
Kalettes are a new addition to the brassica vegetable family. Others include arugula, bok choy, broccoli, broccolini, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, daikon radish, horseradish, kohlrabi, mustard greens, radish, swede, turnip, watercress and of course, kalettes parents – kale and brussel sprouts.
Brassica vegetables have a range of essential vitamins (A, C, E, K) and minerals (folate, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus). What they’re most known for are the sulphur-rich compound, glucosinolates, which has been shown to be anti carcinogenic, assists liver detoxification, prevents oxidative stress and stimulates the immune system. I aim for 1-2 cups of brassica vegetables daily.
How do you cook them?
You’re spoilt for choice in the ways you can prepare kalettes – try them sauteed, steamed, blanched, or my favourite way, roasted. They can be eaten raw in salads or thrown into smoothies, just like kale or spinach. Get creative!
Roasted Kalettes & Curry Dipping Sauce
Yield 2 side serves
A delicious and nutritious side dish ready in 20 minutes.
For the kalettes:
- 1 packet of kalettes (200 g)
- Extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil
- Pinch of sea salt
For the Curry Dipping Sauce:
- 3 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- Preheat oven to 180° celsius and line a tray with baking paper.
- Coat kalettes with oil using your hands, lay them out on the baking tray and season with sea salt.
- Roast for 15 minutes.
- While the kalettes are roasting, mix the vegan mayonnaise and curry powder together for the dipping sauce.
- Serve fresh out of the oven.
Not all vegan mayo's are equal - always check the ingredient label's. I'm loving the Naked Byron Foods Vegan Mayonnaise.
Courses Sides & salads