Hi All! Well that was fun, wasn’t it? I seriously flexed my shoveling muscles yesterday and gave several clueless folks some lessons from L’s School of Snow Removal – Western New York style (I am the shovel master). I actually find shoveling kind of cathartic, and it makes you realize how small you are in the scheme of things (and shoveling for several hours replaced my intense boot camp workout yesterday). Anywho, all zen-ness aside, it was a fun snow day. Now, it’s back to the grind! I was one of six people (!!!) in spin class this morning (usually there’s a waiting list and passive aggressive territorial fights over bikes) and the rest of the gym was a ghost town at 5:30 am. Two feet of snow has never stopped me, and it’s not about to now! We had fun comparing shoveling stories and figuring out what weird parts of our bodies that are sore (for me, left tricep, obliques, and obvi the shoulders).
If you guys are freezing your rears off in the Northeast (it’s a balmy 12°F / -11°C here in Boston this morning), or if you’re just in need of something delicious, healthy and comforting, then you should def try this kale and chickpea stew-p (nope, that’s not a spelling error, but the term for a dish that straddles the line between being a stew or soup – see my Spanish-Style Lentils recipe for more info on this term). I went for a complete freestyle and threw this bad boy together a few nights ago, solely based on the contents of my fridge, and it turned out to be AMAZING. And, it’s vegan and gluten free to boot! Without further ado:
L’s Kale and Chickpea Stewp
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 small yellow onions (or 1 large)
- 2 heaping Tbsp chopped garlic
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
- 2 tsp coriander
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp cayenne (plus a few shakes, if you like it hot like me!)
- 1 6-oz can of tomato paste
- 1 32-oz package of veggie broth
- 1 bunch of kale, stemmed and roughly chopped
- 1 red or green bell pepper (I used several mini-peppers instead)
- 1 28-oz can of diced tomato
- 1 cup of dried chickpeas, soaked overnight and pre-simmered for 90 minutes* (or 1 – 2 15.5-oz cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed)
*I highly recommend you do this ahead of time, draining the chickpeas after simmering and storing them in a glass container overnight in the fridge like I did.
Step One: Heat the oil in large saucepan. Saute the onion until softened, about 5 or so minutes.
Step Two: Add all of the spices, garlic and tomato paste and cook, stirring for a minute.
Step Three: Add the broth and kale, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to wilt the kale.
Step Four: Add the sweet potato, chickpeas, tomatoes with their juice, and bell peppers, simmering the stewp with the lid ajar until the veggies are tender, about 25 minutes.
Step Five: Adjust any seasonings as necessary (I personally did not add anything). Serve hot with a crusty bread and enjoy! 😀
This was awesome. It’s almost like a tomato soup with a spicy, earthy flavor kicked up a couple notches, and all your fave veggies and beans thrown in. It’s super thick and delicious. A bowl of this will warm you right to the bones. It’s perfect for the tundra conditions we are experiencing in Boston today.
Side note: I find it endlessly entertaining that there is a Boston PSA instructing folks to “Clean off Ya Cah!” I find this humorous because, in Western New York where I come from, this is not optional. What kind of d***head doesn’t clean the snow off their roof? Well, apparently enough people that it actually becomes serious issue and you WILL get ticketed if you are seen flying down Interstate 93 (or 95) with a Frozen-worthy trail of snow soaring behind your vehicle. So please folks, if you were just in the brutal snowstorm and Juno left you a little present on your vehicle: clean off ya cah. Charlie Baker and the rest of Massachusetts will thank you. 😉 😀 How did you guys fare with the snow?? Tell L all about it in the comments because you know I love that shiz. 🙂
I hope you guys are safe, warm, and enjoying your day today. It’s hump day!! Woo wooo!!
With a little extra warmth today,