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Dark, leafy and fabulous! How I learned to love Kale!

unnamedBy My Chef Lara

OK, I admit it. I had to work at liking kale. I really wanted to like it because it is so nutritious but the bitter taste just kept me away. So I hatched a plot to start hiding it in my food and slowly get used to it. Now I actually eat kale chips but I do stop short of eating it raw.

Preparing kale is easy. You fold the leaf in half and just cut the leaf away from the stem. Then, for those of you just starting to try to love kale, cut it in very small strips.

There are many ways to get the benefits of kale without loving it. Soups are one of the best ways to do that. One of my favorite soups that involves kale is African Stew, which is delicious even though it has kale in it and who knows….over time, you too may grow to like kale just like me!

African Stew

Peanut butter makes a wonderful , creamy sauce for this nutrition-packed stew that is likely to become a family favorite. Season the stew with a dash of hot pepper sauce, fiery chipotle sauce, or Vietnamese chili sauce.


yield:  4 servings


  • 4 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups yams or sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 14 oz chickpeas
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbs tamari or Bragg Liquid Aminos


  1. Heat 2 tbsp of the stock in a large pot. Add the onion and saute over medium heat for 5 minutes, adding more stock if necessary.

  2. Add the remaining stock, yams, chickpeas, rice, and salt; simmmer for 45 minutes

  3. In a small bowl, blend the peanut butter with 1/2 cup of liquid from the stew to make a smooth paste. Stir into the stew along with the kale and cook for 5 minutes.

  4. Stir in the lemon juice, pepper, and tamari; add chili sauce to taste.

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