Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Kale Garbanzo Bean Thing

I love the meals that you make when all that is left in your fridge/cupboard is random odds and ends that seem like ridiculously strange and possibly horrible combinations, yet somehow end up delicious.

This was one of those.

So what you do is go to your yard where you should have kale growing (if you don't, then start growing some!), cut a couple of handfuls of leaves, de-stem, rinse, and chop up the leaves into big strips or chunks. Then, go to your cupboard and maybe you just happen to have some garbanzo beans and three cloves of garlic hiding behind your dwindling reserve of ramen noodles. If you do then you're in luck!

Mince the garlic and cook it up in a bit of oil. Add some spices to the oil. My spice rack always seems to have a gagillion things in it so I used paprika, tumeric, chipotle, and bragg's amino acids. Just enough to flavor it. Then add the handfuls of kale and a half of a can of garbanzo beans. With a heavy wooden spoon, smash up the beans a bit. Not to a goop, just a little mashed up. Stir, let the kale steam a little bit with the cover on, (you might want to add a tiny bit of water) and viola! A delicious meal and you don't have to go to the grocery store for another day. Tastes great with leftover brown rice and questionable week old baked tofu.

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