Festivce sides: Creamy cheesy kale gratin

Super excited to start conjuring up delicious festive dishes over the coming month. Ho ho ho…. One simple dish a day to get you prepared for your merry vegan Christmas. So here we go.

What you will need:

  • A large bunch of Kale
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Panko flakes
  • Art of Zen Foods​ Prosociano
  • Thyme
  • Dairy free butter
  • Nutmeg
  • Coconut milk
  • Almond milk
  • Wholemeal flour
  • Salt and pep


  1. Sautée a finely diced onion and minced garlic in a pan until golden brown and then set aside
  2. Remove kale leaves from stalk and pull apart into small edible pieces
  3. Steam in a little water until 3/4 cooked

Make a quick bechamel sauce vegan style:

  1. Melt two knobs of butter
  2. Add half a tin of coconut milk and 1 cup of almond milk
  3. A shake of nutmeg
  4. Slowly add 2 spoons of wholemeal flour stirring constantly
  5. Bring to the boil, reduce and leave to simmer stirring occasionally
  6. Season with salt and pep

In an ovenproof dish:

  1. Pop in the kale
  2. Sprinkle over the onion/garlic combo evenly
  3. Spread sauce on top
  4. Finish with a generous shake of panko flakes, thyme and grated parmesan
  5. Into the oven at 180c for 20 min
  6. Finish off under the grill.
  7. Serve up and enjoy

Super simple side bursting with flavour. The quantities for this side aren’t huge as it is a side dish. Prob enough for 4 nice scoops. I ate the whole thing mind you, but that was for research, of course. Ahem…