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Raw Coconut Kale Enchiladas

I finally did it! Finally got to try these:

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Coconut Kale Enchiladas from Bliss Raw Cafe.

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Menu description:

Marinated kale with nacho cheeze, pico de gallo, salsa verde,
and cashew sour creme wrapped in coconut tortillas

It’s the coconut tortillas that really got me. Somehow, they were soft and crispy at the same time. And their sweetness made a perfect foil for the acerbic kale.

This was actually my first time ever trying enchiladas– raw or cooked, vegan or non. Somehow, even though I’ve lived in Texas for years, I’d never had them before. If other enchiladas are as good as these, I’ve been missing out! But then again, other enchiladas don’t have coconut and kale… so they couldn’t possibly be as good as these!

Other things I’ve ordered at Bliss:

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Raw Lasagna

Loved loved loved this! The basil pesto was especially yumlicious.

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Primavera Noodle Bowl

Not so big on this one. But really, you can’t expect to love every item on a restaurant’s menu.

On this trip, I brought along the Bamboo Utensil Set I received as a Christmas present. My friend asked, “Aren’t you ever worried people will think you’re weird for bringing your own utensils to a restaurant?”

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Well, first of all: No, I don’t care. If people want to think I’m weird, that’s their loss. My grandma always said, “If they’re laughing at me, at least they’re laughing!”

Second of all: It was a raw restaurant, for goodness sake! The guy serving us had about ten tattoos on his arms, and a lady across from me had hot-pink hair. Not exactly the kinds of people who judge you for going against mainstream society.

Published on January 17, 2011

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  1. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn says

    These look yumlicious! I love how creative raw food gets:)

    Slash it’s TOTALLY fine, I bring my own chopsticks to Asian restaurants!

    Nut butter recipe, please! I’ve been absolutely craving my nut butters lately, and I may have snuck a few spoonfuls straight from the jar;)

  2. Valerie says

    I vote for the new nut butter recipe. And then I vote for you figuring out how to recreate those enchiladas so the rest of us can partake in their yumminess ;).

  3. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel says

    lol one of the raw foodies here that is the organizers of local raw potlucks and such is a lady with rainbow hair who wears fairy wings around town, haha i love the eccentricity of some people <3

    dang the enchiladas are insane! i bet that was really filling! im always amazed with the presentation of most raw dishes, its always plated so delicately with all the right pops of color!!

  4. Inspired says

    Wow, I want one… or two… or ten! And I’m voting for the nut butter recipe basically because your Hot Chocolate Butter is one of my all-time FAVORITE blogger recipes to date! 🙂

  5. Allison @ Happy Tales says

    Amen Sista!! Good for you for not caring 🙂

    Also, saw you mentioned chopsticks up above in someone’s else’s comment and that caused a lightbulb to go off in my head…

    Ya know how you said you maybe were thnking of doing a Vlog?(at least I think you said that at one point…) well, you could do a Vlog tutorial on how to use CHOPSTICKS!!!! I am always at such a loss, and end up with food on my lap.

  6. Melissa says

    I had these mango coconut samosas at a raw food place in Jacksonville, FL and they were SO GOOD. The wraps seem similar to the ones on your enchiladas. Mine were sort of chewy and sticky and sweet. Like fruit rollups, almost, but amazing! And the filling was curried carrots and peas and that sounds like it’d be gross with sweet fruit rollupish samosa “shells” but it WASN’T, it was EPIC. So so good.

    And they made a pumpkin pie that was carrots(!) and no pumpkin at all but it was so amazing that I honestly had three ummmm reactions with each bite. First yum as it hit my tongue, then mmmmm as it really started to sink in and then YUMMMMMMMmmm when the full pie spice and creaminess hit me. I literally stopped after each bite and shut my eyes in happiness. So amazing.

      • Melissa says

        I found this recipe for mango coconut wraps that sound really similar to the ones I had. http://organizehappy.com/recipes/mango-wraps/

        I’m itching to try making my own.

        Honestly, that little cheapy dehydrator I got years ago (just a Nesco American Harvest, not a fancy Excalibur) was such a great purchase! I’ve been making kale chips like a mad women and it’s so easy to make fruit rollups and dried fruit, too.

        • Lori says

          I had an American Harvest dehydrator for years on end!! Fruit roll ups were easy… I made them for my daughter all the time. Our favorite thing that was being made non-stop (besides jerky) was cinnamon sugar dried apple rings. They were to die for. I wouldn’t even want to BEGIN to speculate how many bags and bags of apples we went through making those over the years.

  7. Sarah says

    I want to know what nut butter recipe you’ve made this time. I still have to make the gingerbread butter :). Happy week, Katie!

  8. Kiki says

    I love raw/vegan restaurants! Glad you enjoyed your meal… those tortillas are certainly intriguing 🙂

    And I’ll go with product reviews.

  9. Caitlin (EatFeats) says

    Uh if you were worried about people caring, you wouldn’t bring your own utensils. That’s how I feel about bringing my water bottle in my purse to restaurants. A girl needs what she needs!

    The saucy stuff on top of the enchiladas looks so tasty. I haven’t been to a raw food restaurant in a while because last time I went to one I became ill. I guess it was heavier than my stomach expected!

    AND…nut butter!

  10. Eric Jaffa says

    Megan Fox brings her own utensils to restaurants, too:
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    Fox has an intense fear of germs. She’s extremely wary of restaurant silverware. ”Putting my mouth where a million other mouths have been, just knowing all the bacteria that you carry in your mouth? Uccch,” she says, with a shudder. Public restrooms are to avoided whenever possible, especially when the toilets don’t have lid: ”I’m never doing that again. Every time someone uses a bathroom and they flush, all the bacteria is shot into the air.”

    http://www.megan-fox.com/2010/05/23/full-interview-of-megan-fox-from-the-june-issue-of-allure.html
    =================================

  11. Sabine @ thefruitpursuit says

    OH MY GOD! Those enchilladas look so good! amazing 🙂

    good for you that you don’t care, and your grandma was a wise lady ;). might I ask why you brought them? or no special reason?

    I love tattoos, and I love looking at people covered in tattoos. it’s like reading a book (or looking at some form of art, if you’re into art).

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I almost always eat with chopsticks. I learned to use them before learning to use a fork, so it feels more natural to me. I bring chopsticks everywhere! 🙂
      As for tattoos… lol I would never get one because I am such a baby when it comes to needles! I cried for an hour after getting my ears pierced. (Granted, I was only 5!)

  12. Sabine @ thefruitpursuit says

    oops pressed enter too fast 😉

    I’m looking at getting my third tattoo this year, so excited!

    what do you think of tattoos?

    x sabine

    • Elle says

      ooh, do you know what your third tattoo will be? i’ve kinda wanted one for a little while now, but i don’t know what it would be of. also, i might be too scared, haha.
      i think tattoos can be really cool though!

  13. Meg says

    Oh wow, do you mind having just one more table guest the next time you go? She goes by the name “Meg” and would love to try those enchiladas as well 😉

  14. Sam says

    On the topic of self utensil supplying, I sincerely hope you have see “As Good As It Gets” with Jack Nicholson. If he can pull it off being an OCD Meany, you can defiantly do it without question.

  15. Stefanie says

    I vote for the nut butter recipe. I am glad you got your enchilades and they were great. They look and sound yummy.

  16. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan says

    Oh my gosh! You tried them! SO JEALOUS! 😀 They look every bit as amazing as I’ve heard they are! Ok, if there was ANY doubt in my mind that I’m eating these next time I come to Dallas (end of February!), it’s gone now. These.will.be.MINE!

  17. Gill (snaxandthecity) says

    Those look awesome! I’m always too scared/lazy to recreate raw vegan food as complicated as this, at home, but that might just tempt me.

    New nut butter recipe!!

  18. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says

    The food looks awesome! WOW!!

    Normally restaurant food does not excite me. It actually is fine but I never get “excited” but those kale wraps, the zuke noodles (even tho you said they were just ‘fine’) but they look awesome, the raw lasagna…num!!! I would love to go!

    I can’t help you with the pink hair, but I have plenty of tattoos and a half sleeve, so I’d fit right in 🙂

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      As I told Kelsey, I think that people who go against the norm are what makes the world great! Imagine if we all looked the same and wore black and white… :(. Life would be SO boring!
      One of the coolest guys I know has a mohawk hehe. Sometimes he dyes it rainbow!

  19. [email protected] says

    Nut Butter 🙂
    And I wish I knew how to make coconut tortillas!! No you are def. not wierd for bringing your own utensils, I bring my own salad dressing if I know its a place that doesn’t have high quality dressing.

  20. Frances says

    Katie! I have a question. I should know this already, but where in Texas do you live? I am visiting Austin next month, and I am curious to know where all of your awesome raw-restaurants are. If they’re in or near Austin, I could check them out! And…if they aren’t…do you have any recommendations for places to eat in the city?

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Ooh you lucky! I love Austin, but sadly I live about 4 hours away (near Dallas). When you go to Austin, you MUST check out the Whole Foods on Lamar. It’s the original :). As for restaurants… there used to be a place called Dhaba Joy, where you could get vegan soft serve. But I think it’s closed up :(. Have fun!!!

  21. Mary @ Bites and Bliss says

    Geez those look fabulous!! I wish there was a raw restaurant like that around here…but the South loves there fried chicken and BBQ..

    Even thought you’re in Texas! Guess they’re slightly more health conscious..

  22. Anita says

    thank you so much. everything looks so great. my friend at Health in a Hurry makes a raw kale pesto. I never thought about kale in quite that way. Be well.

  23. Elle says

    omg, those enchiladas look so good! and coconut tortillas sound awesome, i’ve never heard of them before. but then, pretty much anything with coconut sounds awesome. 🙂

    and i vote for a product review, but only because i don’t have a food processor, so homemade nut butters aren’t really an option for me. i’ll get one eventually though because i LOVE nut butters.

  24. juliakatz1996 says

    I vote for the nut butter! (preferably almond butter because that’s all I have in my pantry at the moment).
    Katie, I wanted to say, thank you! Your blog inspired me to create my own and not give up (I’m not a good blogger YET). I enjoy reading your blog daily and making your creative treats, and I hope someday I’ll be as good of a blogger as you!

  25. A Tablespoon of Liz says

    yum! I remember you talking about these and I think I was almost exited to hear about them as you were to eat them!

  26. Alyssa says

    We have NO vegan cafe’s around here… It makes me want to open one! Your meals look SO good. I am making a vegetable lasagna this week and i made pumpkin enchiladas tonight…Not exactly the same as yours but close 🙂

  27. Emily says

    Hi Katie! This is my first comment but I have been reading your blog for a while and I hate it. Why? Well…
    1. I never get any homework done because I read one post and click on a link and read another and another and before you know it it’s time for bed and my paper still isn’t done.
    2. I’m broke. All of your food looks so good so as soon as I read a recipe I feel the need to go buy eleven dollar coconut butter and stock up on organic dark chocolate and larabars.
    3. I’m cold. I love to run as much as you but when it’s cold I hit the dreadmill. Then I see that you ran in the cold so I say “If Katie can do it, so can I.”

    So, thank you for your wonderful, distracting inspiring posts!
    3.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Awww Emily, I think yours is one of the cutest comments I’ve ever received :).
      (And lol, I have a Canadian friend who serves as my cold-running motivation. I say, “If she can do it in below-zero temps, I shouldn’t complain about the 20s!”)

  28. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey says

    NUT BUTTAH!!! 🙂

    We have a vegan cafe opening up in my town next month – I am so excited! Your meals just made me salivate!

  29. Namaste Gurl says

    Raw enchiladas? Those look indeed beautiful and yummy! Raw restaurants always do so well with presentation and beauty 🙂

    ….The nut butter monster in me beckons for a nut butter post 🙂

  30. dragonmamma/naomi says

    You’re going to figure out how to make coconut tortillas for us, right? Pretty please with chocolate on top?

  31. Ann @ Running With Chopstix says

    If I could make raw food that look like THAT, I think eating raw wouldn’t be quite so bad 🙂 Is the Bliss Cafe in Dallas? I live in Houston but would consider a trip to Dallas for some yummy foods and a chance to try out Dance Trance!

  32. Ashlei says

    Oh yummy! I have a pair of bamboo utensils that I love and bring with me in my lunch everyday. Just curious why you brought them to the restaurant though?

  33. danna says

    thanks for the post. i am really wanting to add more raw food to my diet. i’ve been looking everywere for that raw coconut butter and can’t seem to find it, not even at my local whole foods. i’m thinking of just breaking down and ordering some but the prices seem to vary wildly. where do you get your coconut butter? any recommendations for sites you use to order yummy vegan stuff? thanks!!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Hey danna!
      You could always ask your WF to do a special order… but I normally don’t buy my coconut butter there, because it’s more expensive than a store called Market Street (which has the butter for $9).
      I don’t like to order online much, because of shipping. I rarely find enough that I need from one site to qualify for free shipping.
      But something else you can do: email the artisana company and ask what stores in your area (if any) carry their products :).

  34. Mindy says

    Hey Katie! Found you on Gina’s blog today. Do you live in DFW? I just went to Bliss for the first time this past weekend. I mentioned it on my blog – I’m a blogger newbie. 🙂

  35. Ashley says

    I don’t think you’re weird, I think you’re awesome! You’re brave and hilarious and confident. You bring sunshine and chocolately vegan goodness into the world, thank you for existing

  36. Rachael says

    Amazing! I used to work at Bliss and I am the one that came up with the Raw Coconut kale enchiladas. So glad you liked them. Looks like they left off the nacho cheese.

  37. Abby says

    So, do you happen to have the recipe?? Or, Rachael, would you be willing to share the secret to your mouth-watering creation??!!

  38. Lindsay says

    @Rachael & CCKatie,

    I would love this recipe, if you can share!!! Many thanks! 🙂 I really enjoy reading all these wonderful recipes and trying them out!

  39. Courtney says

    I would definitely try these! They look and sound great, and btw – I love making vegan enchiladas with cashew cream on top! The only thing is, I really like them to be hot! You can’t really have hot raw food, can you?

  40. Caroline says

    You live in Dallas!? So do I, I contribute to the site yourzenlife and we all love your blog and that’s crazy you live here haha! I live like a minute away from Be Raw but have yet to try it because all my friends run screaming from ‘healthy’ food. I’ll have to go soon though cause those look amaazing xx

  41. Jeanne says

    Ha! I have been to Bliss! Everything I had was fabulous…except the meatballs (walnut).
    I was told that it was an acquired taste…The enchiladas were my fav!!
    You may not remember me…I told you about the chocolate store on Oak Lawn. Can’t remember the name now…did you ever try it?

  42. Kayleigh says

    Hi Katie! We really don’t have many raw restaurants in the UK at ALL! How do you think they made the coconut tortillas as I’d really like to try replicating this! Love the recipes btw! Kayleigh x

  43. barbara jo shirley says

    Hi Katy,

    Just wanted you to know that I love your website, not only for your great recipes, but also for your quirky sense of humor. I have told my family and friends to check it out and they also enjoy it. Keep on keeping on!!!

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