Saturday, February 18, 2012

Recipe: Kale Stew over Rice

This is a transfer from my dianadyer blog, that I had posted up way back on December 5, 2007, long before I had a digital camera, and even after I finally had one, it was a full 6 months (maybe more) before I figured out how to post up photos on my blogs. So that is the long way of saying I'm sorry but there are no photos for this recipe. I will make this delicious and easy recipe again at some point and then post up my photos!

Kale Stew over Brown Rice

1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
2-3 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
1 medium zucchini - cut into quarters, length-wise, and then chop into 1/2 inch pieces
3 large handfuls kale (or more), washed, any stiff stems removed, then chopped
3 cups (or more) drained pinto beans
1 can (15 oz) chopped tomatoes (include juice)
2-3 teaspoons mole sauce (spiciness can vary, start small and then adjust to your own taste) - I just happened to have some in my refrigerator - use anything spicy here that you have on hand

Heat olive oil, add onions and garlic and cook for ~1 minute or so (do not burn garlic), add zucchini and kale, stir until kale starts to wilt, add tomatoes, mole sauce, and beans. Stir. Cover and cook over a low temperature until all is heated through, kale is wilted completely but still green and the zucchini is still tender-crisp. Maybe 10 minutes max. 

Garnishes: as with all chili, some people like to put little additions on top of a stew such as chopped green onions, grated cheese, etc etc. However, I don't think this recipe needs anything else.

Makes 4 generous servings. I served it in a bowl over cooked brown rice, which I started cooking in my rice cooker about an hour before we sat down to eat. 

Serve with some whole grain bread to get all the delectable juice at the bottom of the bowl, some fresh fruit, a huge glass of water, and a small glass of red wine (we drank a 2006 Lindemann C-S on sale for $5.99/bottle) for a very satisfying simple meal. 

The garlic, onions, tomatoes, and kale were all from our garden. 

Hmmm, I wonder what I will use the rest of the kale for? Maybe I won't even get to freezing any. I still have a HUGE bag of it in my frig. Keep looking for more kale recipes to come!

Where kale has been more than decoration on my plate for a while, which finally led me to making this blog dedicated to kale!

Diana Dyer, MS, RD