Kale and 'Feta' Pie with a Sweet Potato Crust and Why You Should Jump on the Kale Bandwagon

About This Recipe

The “superfood” kale seems to be making an appearance everywhere these days - added to juices and green smoothies, eaten raw in salads, stir fried, baked into chips, and now in my Kale and ‘Feta’ Pie. 


Superfood is a term that is thrown around fairly freely, so where is the truth in these claims to health of this fibrous green? 


Is it really any better than spinach or other green veg?

I have to admit, like a typical health food blogger, I do love kale but mostly for the taste and fibrousness of this dark green leafy. 


A little research left me pleasantly surprised with the evidence behind the health claims. 


Kale is a cruciferous veg (along with broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage).


There have been numerous studies revealing the health benefits of including cruciferous veggies in our diet to boost mood and help prevent cancer


Kale is also a potent source of vitamin A (important for eye and skin health) as well as calcium, antioxidants and phytonutrients. 


It has been shown to lower cholesterol and it’s high fibre content make kale one of the best bile-binding veggies (meaning that it combines with carcinogenic bile acids and helps remove them from the body).

Okay, so that is quite a list and certainly enough for me to jump on the kale bandwagon. 


Personally, I’m not a fan of the term ‘superfood’ as I think it gives the illusion that these foods somehow possess super powers to dramatically improve one’s health when consuming them. 


In reality, they are just slightly more nutrient dense foods that should be included in a balanced diet for optimal health, rather than relying on them to cure all ailments or to ‘balance out’ less healthy food choices.

I am always finding new ways to incorporate kale into my diet so today I want to share with you the most delicious kale and ‘feta’ pie with sweet potato crust. 


This pie is reminiscent of a traditional spinach and feta pie but uses crumbled tofu, creamy tahini and nutritional yeast to replace the cheese. 


The ever-so-slightly sweet pastry combines perfectly with the creamy kale filling and light and tangy avocado cream. This pie keeps really well and is extra delicious the next day served cold if you happen to make enough for leftovers.


 It’s a great way to use up wilting greens so feel free to sub in spinach leaves or rocket as I’m sure you would have great results with these too.


Lets jump on the kale bandwagon and get cooking our Kale and ‘Feta’ Pie! 

How To Make This Recipe

SWEET POTATO CRUST:

  • Around 500g of sweet potato, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 3/4 cup besan (chickpea) flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour (or other starchy flour such as potato or corn)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds

KALE FILLING:

  • 1 large bunch kale leaves, stems discarded
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 3/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 500g firm tofu, crumbled into small pieces

AVOCADO CREAM:

  • 1 avocado
  • juice of 1 lemon or lime
  • handful of fresh coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp tahini


HOW TO:

PREPARE THE CRUST:

  • Preheat oven to 180C (350F)
  • Steam or boil sweet potato until very soft
  • Add all pastry ingredients to a blender and process until completely combined. Spoon out all of the pastry mix (it will be very sticky and not doughy at all at this point but don't worry it will come together).
  • Place pastry dough in a bowl, cover with cling-wrap and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes (this is crucial otherwise you will not be able to roll it out)

MAKE THE FILLING:

  • While the pastry is chilling, prepare the filling: add all ingredients except for half of the crumbled tofu and the pepitas to a food processor and pulse until just combined but still fairly chunky
  • Add the pepitas and pulse once or twice until just broken
  • Stir through the remaining half of crumbled tofu

BAKE THE CRUST:

  • Take the sweet potato dough out of the fridge and carefully roll out using a rolling between between two sheets of baking paper until around 2cm thick
  • Grease a round spring-form pan with a little coconut oil. Carefully peel back one sheet of baking paper, pick up the dough and flip it upside down into the oiled tin. Peel off the remaining baking paper and use your hands to press the dough evenly around the tin
  • Place the dough in the oven for 20 - 25 minutes until just starting to turn golden

ADD THE FILLING:

  • Remove the crust from the oven and spread the kale filling inside. Smooth the top with the back of a spoon, then return to the oven for another 20 minutes until the tofu pieces are crispy and golden on top

MAKE THE AVOCADO CREAM:

  • While the pie bakes, make the avocado cream: add all ingredients to a blender or simply mash by hand until smooth and creamy

SERVE:

  • Remove the pie from the oven, top with avocado cream and serve! This pie keeps really well and is delicious cold the next day for lunch - ENJOY!

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6 comments

Hi Kate,

Glad to hear you are interesting in making the pie! It’s one of my favourites :) If you don’t want to use tofu and are happy to eat dairy you could replace it with ricotta or crumbled feta (which the tofu is mimicking in this recipe). Another alternative would be to use a few whisked eggs – this would create more of a quiche consistency which I imagine would be quite nice as well. Maybe a combination of eggs and crumbled feta? As I haven’t tried these myself I can’t advise you on what quantities to use so you might need to play around a little until you have a good consistency.

Let me know how you get on – I would love to hear if you find a winning combination!

Have a beautiful day,
Tamika.

Tamika Woods

Hello! Is there an alternative to using tofu? Doesn’t need to be vegan/vegetarian.

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Hi Charlotte,

Thanks for your comment. You can definitely use spinach instead of kale: I have tried it quite a few times and it turns out beautifully! The pepitas can be left out as well – they are simply there to add a bit of crunch but won’t change anything structurally so feel free to leave them. In terms of other veg I have made one version where I roasted some sliced mushrooms and then added them to the spinach mixture right before baking – it was absolutely delicious! I image other roasted veg would work well as well. You could try some roasted capsicum (bell pepper) or zucchini. Let me know how to go with this recipe – I would love to hear your thoughts. Have a beautiful day :)

Tamika Woods

Pepitas I meant!

Charlotte

Would I be able to use spinach instead of the kale? What other vegetables do you think would work well? Also, do you think I could do without the pelicans? I can’t wait to try this!

Charlotte

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Tamika Woods, Clinical Nutritionist (B.HS; B.Ed), Bestselling Author

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Tamika Woods is the author of the Amazon best seller PCOS Repair Protocol. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science degree (Nutritional Medicine) as well as a Bachelor of Education, graduating with Honours in both.

She is a certified Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) Educator and a certified member of the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA).

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