{recipe} Chickpea and Kale with Tomato Sauce

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This dish might not look pretty to photograph but I found it delicious. I made it the week after I returned from my Portland trip. During the trip, we participated in a food tasting that lasted about 4 hours (including walking time, but still), it was a lot.  Although I enjoyed every sip of my lattes, every morsel of chocolate and every lick of ice cream, I was ready for some lighter food the following week.

The original recipe was actually a soup, but I wanted something thicker that I can eat on top of steaming hot rice or spaghetti squash. So I adapted the recipe and the result turned out great. The protein from this dish comes from the garbanzo beans and I loved that it incorporate kale. I always try to incorporate kale in my veggie intake, and this would be a good dish for it.

This was also baby food friendly. I always introduce my little guy to the foods we are eating, I just put it on his tray during meal times and see if he will pick it up. I just chopped up all the pieces and he ate it all. I also add a little butter to his spaghetti squash.

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Chickpea and Kale with Tomato Sauce

  • 3 garlic,  minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 bunch/bag of kale –  stems chopped, leaves torn (I used Trader Joe’s pre-packaged kale)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 can or  2 cups chickpea (rinsed and drained)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • lemon juice (1/2 lemon, optional)

Directions:

  • Heat a saute pan over low to medium heat. Add oil and then garlic to heated oil. Once you can smell the garlic, add in onions and kale stems with a pinch of salt. Saute until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in crushed tomatoes and paprika. Simmer for another 3 minutes and then add in kale leaves, as much as can fit into the pan. Add more as room is made. Toss in chickpeas and then simmer for additional 6 minutes.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add lemon juice if desired.

 

***** I ate this sauce with spaghetti squash or served on brown rice.

kale chickpea sauce

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Comments

  1. Looks totally amazing!!!! Great combination of lots of healthy veggies and protein! Sounds like little man is doing awesome with food. Kay liked spaghetti squash when she was a peanut, but I think the texture throws her now and she won’t eat it!

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