Several sources of inspiration and circumstances created this this dish this week.... but most of all, I was inspired by the bunch of kale I bought last week still sitting in my crisper.
Then there was this blog.... I could totally relate, so could the kale buried deep in my fridge at the time.
You really don't have to tell me to eat more kale. I already know I should eat more kale. I buy kale every chance I get. I just don't always get around to eating it.
And of course there is a small matter of a nasty cold we are fighting this week. We (and when I say we, I mean the whole family - me, my husband, and the kids) have been, quite literally, a nasty bunch of beings. I'd stay away if I were you.
Needless to say I was looking for something comforting and warm to heal us and clear our heads. I think it should also go without saying ... I did not feel like cooking.
You see – I love my slow-cooker, but I don’t pull it out and use it all that often. Slow-cooker meals, crock-pot meals, whatever you want to call them - are never fancy. But they are satisfying in a rustic, and utilitarian kind of way. I was saving this recipe for a time when I needed it. I time, like this one, when I could not bear the thought of doing anything more than plugging in a couple of appliances.
I made the stew with some very minor modifications and I added a full bunch of kale - about 2 tightly packed cups thinly sliced - in the last 20 minutes of the cook time. Served with brown rice from the rice cooker.
Perfect. Just what the doctor ordered
Slow-cooker Chickpea and Kale Stew
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tsp ginger, grated
- 1 teaspoon, each: curry powder, cumin, coriander and turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt, or to taste
- 3 cups chickpeas, cooked or canned.
- 14 oz can of diced tomatoes
- 2 cups water
- 1 bunch thinly sliced kale, about 2 cups
In a medium frying pan, heat oil over medium heat and sauté onions, garlic and ginger. 2-3 minutes until fragrant and beginning to soften. Add spices – curry powder through salt and cook another 2-3 minutes. Careful not to burn, reducing heat if needed. Add this mixture plus everything else to the slow-cooker. Turn it on high. Clean up your mess and go have a nap.
Cook on high for 3 hours, reduce heat to low and add kale and cook, covered for 15-20 minutes.
Dish could also be cooked on low for 6-8 hours, if your schedule needed it.