Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Creamy Kale and Potato Stew

I guess I don't need to extol the virtues of kale to a bunch of vegans. But in case you didn't know, kale is very good for you. I have had a bunch sitting in the crisper for a few days and have been wondering how to serve it in a way the kids would like (or at least not hate too much). This was the answer.

- 2 tbsp oil
- 2 onions, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 medium bunch of kale
- 1 lb yukon gold potatoes, cubed (skins on)
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 5 cups water
- 1/2 cup chicken-style broth powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup plain soy milk

1. Heat oil in a large pot over med-hi heat. Add onions and garlic and saute for 5 mins, until onions are soft and translucent.
2. While onions are cooking, rinse kale, remove leaves from stems, and roughly chop. Add to pot with potatoes and cook for 1-2 mins, until it softens a little.
3. Add chickpeas, water, broth powder, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to bubbling, lower heat, cover, and simmer for 15-20 mins, until potatoes are cooked.
4. Mix flour into soy milk (I put them both in a container with a snug fitting lid and shake to blend) and add to pot. Bring to a bubbling so stew will thicken. Adjust seasonings to taste and serve.


VeganLinda said...

Looks good! Now I know what to make tomorrow. We love kale, but for some reason I always have my husband cook it. I'll surprise him and get the kale out of the fridge and into this recipe. Thanks!

Jan Scholl said...

I have everything but the Yukon's. I wonder if Red skins will work just as good? Costco has a deal last week. Like I need 20 pounds (I already made garlic mashed with skins and latkes)

Almost 1 am and starving.

Sat Garcia said...

Quite a timely post. My wife and I are new members to a CSA and the pick list this week contains kale. My wife had a bad first experience with kale so I was trying to think of something to fix that she might like. This might just fit the bill!

By the way, I just discovered your blog through google reader and I must say it is pretty nice. I look forward to checking in regularly :)

kitsune-stars said...

Haha, what a timely post! I just remembered there's a bunch of kale in the crisper. Kale soup it is for tomorrow :)

VeggieGirl said...

I eat kale almost everyday (on the days that I DON'T eat kale, I eat spinach, swiss chard, collards, or other leafy greens) - I'm surprised that my skin hasn't turned green already! haha. that soup looks quite comforting and hearty - yum!

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Urban Vegan said...

That just looks delicious. I could swim in kale, I love it so much.

Anke said...

veggiegirl: you eat kale every day??? now there's a model vegan!!!

vegandad: a perfect variation on the kale-potato-bean theme. I bet the kids loved it?

flannelbuddha said...

Okay, so I have looked everywhere for soymilk powder found in the broth powder. Could you point me in the right direction on where to find it?

Vegan Dad said...

Well, I get mine at the bulk food store (Bulk Barn, if you are in Ontario). When I lived in the States I used to get it at Whole Foods or Wild Oats. Even the local Meijer had it. I would check bulk food stores or health food stores. Where do you live? Perhaps other readers could point you to a good place.

Sat Garcia said...

flannel: At Whole Foods they have this ( in the non-refrigerated soy milk section.

Of course, you could always just order it through Amazon if you can't find it locally. I remember they used to have it at but it looks like they stopped carrying it there.

Tina. said...

I finally made this tonight (as husband, not the biggest kale-lover is out of town), and it was DELICIOUS. I did not have all the spices to make the broth-powder, so I added a vegetable cube to the spices I had. I also added a pinch of ground nutmeg and some dried parsley to it in the end. Perfect!

Cesia said...

I just wanted to let you know that this is one of my favorite soups. It is healthy and delish and I've made it many times.

Unlike many vegetarian soups, it requires no milk and is still creamy! That makes it great for me (veg) and my lactose-intolerant hubby!

- Cesia.

Ashley said...

Absolutely amazing recipe. My non-vegan boyfriend said it was "the best soup he's ever had." I doubled the recipe and have tons stored in the freezer for future winter nights. I would recommend taking it easy on the salt. I put in 2 tsp (in a double batch) and it was definitely on the salty side. I highly recommend this recipe for anyone. It was extremely easy and incredibly delicious. Well done Vegan Dad.

Anonymous said...


There's a vegan 'chicken' broth at my local grocer, would that work instead of the water and broth powder?


Babette said...

I am a big fan of kale and I love this stew. It is absolutely delicious.