Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Recipe: One-Pot Supper with Kale

(Photo: One-Pot Supper with Kale)

What is even better than "one-stop shopping?" time-wise? How about "one-pot suppers"? I see the last dish I posted was similar, so I guess cooking like this is both a habit and an enjoyment of mine.

I love cleaning out odds and ends from my refrigerator and freezer along with being creative by combining different foods and tastes. I also love the ease of this type of dish on those evenings when my husband and I have been busy all day and come home too tired and too hungry to cook anything, particularly something that takes pre-planning, effort, and is time-consuming. I'll just bet that sound very very familiar to all of my readers. :-)

Thus this dish is not a recipe per se but an invitation for you to do something similar with whatever you find in your refrigerator.

Here is what I combined (all amounts are approximate):
• 1 cup ratatouille (eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, onions - we froze this last fall)
• 1 cup corn kernels (we froze this last fall)
• 1 cup garbanzo beans (I buy these dried, cook them in bulk, and freeze so it is easy to make hummus or dishes such as this)
• 1 cup tomato juice (we canned and froze juice last fall)
• 1 cup fish broth (left over from poaching fish a few days earlier)
• 1 cup rice (cooked, left-over from a previous meal - I also always cook rice in large quantity to freeze left-overs in 1 cup portions)
• 1 cup kale (frozen, I crunched this in the freezer bag to make even smaller pieces, i.e., chopped very small, and then added it at the very end)
• 1 teaspoon curry powder (I used sweet curry and then added a couple of shakes of hot spicy curry, too)

Mix all ingredients in a large pan, heat until just boiling, add kale, then serve up to eat. This is good enough for a whole meal but it could also be served as a side dish. I did serve it with a small piece of left-over smoked salmon and a blueberry corn-bread muffin. I was stuffed and satisfied, very satisfied. :-)

(Photo: One-Pot Supper with Kale - close up)

What's in your refrigerator to make into your own "fast food" tonight?

Where kale is more than decoration on my plate!

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

1 comment:

Elaine said...

A very inspired mixture. I love one-pot meals & will use this recipe as a template.