Crazy Good Kale

Thanksgiving is coming up.  As if you didn’t know, right?  Thus, you are probably looking for easy, quick recipes that are delicious and-for the love of all that is holy-vegetarian. Because I don’t know about you, but I will be carnivoring OUT  during Thanksgiving!
So watch how easy and delish this is:
Take a big bunch of kale.  If you think it’s too much, it isn’t.  It shrinks faster than an Olsen twin before prom.  It is kind of like a spinach/chard combo with a toothsome bite and a slightly mineral-y flavor. It’s fab. 

You are going to cut this unwieldy bunch in strips right down the leaves, just to thte ribs.  You don’t want all those ribs.

That stuff.  Just throw that bunch away.  Then throw the sliced leaves in a bowl of cold water, and run your fingers through the kale to let the dirt sink to the bottom.  This is one dirty veggie…that’s what she said.

Now sautee up a diced onion and a couple of garlic cloves.

And when they are translucent and lightly golden, toss in the kale.  Let it cook for about 12 minutes, or until it is wilted and tender but still with some bite.

Now you are going to toss in a can of crushed tomatoes and a can of cannellini beans.  Make sure the tomatoes have some basil in the can, or add some fresh yourself.

Now throw that in, season with salt, pepper, and a good glug of red wine, and in 20 minutes…

You have the MOST delicious side dish!  Though I served it here with a salad, chicken, and bread, it is hearty enough on its own to be a vegetarian delight.  Creamy beans, sweet onions, acidic tomatoes, and that hearty, rich kale stewed into tender submission.  Throw some Romano cheese on top for good measure.  Add some stock and make it a soup or some pancetta and make it AWESOME.  Or just eat it this way…quick and easy…like I like my ladies 🙂


  1. This would be absolutely perfect over a bed of polenta. That's what she said. SNAP.

  2. Oh yeah Joanne – I'm totally with you on the polenta thing. And add some lamb kielbasa, mint and lemon zest to the stew. White wine and maybe some diced sweet potatoes. Mmmmmm. Heaven.

  3. Fritos and Foie Gras says:

    @Joanne-YEAH she did! And digging the polenta!!!
    @Dee-i totally need to cook more sweet potatoes!!! With the lamb kilbasa i bet they would be HEAVENLY!


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