Last year for either my birthday or Christmas my best friend gifted me with a wonderful little cookbook called Super Natural Every Day, by Heidi Swanson. Heidi is the creative behind 101 Cook Books blog, which my friend (a vegetarian/pescetarian) and I are huge fans of. Her recipes utilize oils, grains, vegetables, and herbs I would never think of using to create something satiating and healthy. If I ever decided to make the leap and become a full time vegetarian, I could probably do so because of her book and blog. Her recipes leave you feeling satiated in the way you would had you grilled up some steaks for dinner, but without the guilt or listless feeling that comes after devouring red meat.
Since moving in with a meatatarian, I find myself using this book more and more. When Erich and I first started dating, it seemed like bacon was the go to ingredient for any dish.... The first pie (fruit pie) we made together had a bacon lattice crust on top and a lard crust on the bottom. Sure there were apples inside, but a slice was sure to lead any healthy being into cardiac arrest or a food coma if they were lucky. I knew I had my work cut out for me from that point on, which brings me to Heidi's Kale Salad recipe from her cookbook that inspired this pie. I made the Kale Salad to take for lunch one week, and I couldn't believe how such a simple recipe could taste so amazing! Then I thought, this would make an excellent pie! So I made one for my lady friends and they were gushing over it so I knew I had to whip one up for Erich and share it with all of you!
Coconut and Kale Pie
1-2 c. chopped kale, stems removed
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut
Handful of Pecorino
salt & pepper
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 Tbsp.soy sauce
Toss all of the ingredients for the toppings except the cheese, salt and pepper in a bowl. Combine with the dressing, and set aside. Pre bake the pizza dough with a little olive oil for about 2-3 minutes. Then place the toppings on the pie and insert back into the oven for another 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and mangia mangia!