A bean, a green and a grain

Greens and Beans (and one lonely carrot)

Greens and Beans (and one lonely carrot)

I don’t recall who first coined that phrase, but that’s what kept going through my head as I made this Kale, quinoa and white bean stew. I’d had some extra kale left over from last weekend so decided to find a recipe for kale and white bean soup. I was happy to find this version with the extra addition of quinoa! I improvised a bit based on comments to the recipe, and what I had at home.

  1. Saute garlic, chopped carrot and squash in olive oil.
  2. Add fennel seed, thyme and rosemary.
  3. Add in ~7 cups veggie broth, 1 cup uncooked quinoa and two tbsp miso paste. Bring to a boil.
  4. Lower temperature and simmer covered for ~10 minutes
  5. Add in kale and white beans. Take picture.
  6. Stir, then let simmer for another ~5 minutes.
  7. Burn tongue trying to taste
  8. Take another picture
  9. Enjoy!

Kale, quinoa, white bean soupAlthough I have thyme and rosemary, I don’t tend to use them alot. I gravitate more towards turmeric, cumin, coriander when I cook. So I wasn’t sure how I’d like the flavor of this stew, but it was really good! I didn’t miss the potatoes, either – even without them, the stew was nice and thick. I really liked the addition of quinoa, as well. This is a full meal deal!

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