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    Emily Malone

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White Bean and Kale Veggie Stew with Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas.

Soup, as promised!  I’m not doing a lot of long, labor-intensive cooking these days.  We do a lot of one-pot meals and roasting – things that can be prepped ahead of time and started with the push of a button. 

Even so, I’m trying really hard to make healthy eating a bigger priority these days.  I fell into the (inevitable?) trap of living mostly off of sugar and granola bars after Graham was born, and I’m just now starting to feel a bit more empowered to change that. 

I don’t have grand delusions that I’m going to eat spinach-packed frittatas for breakfast or overflowing bowls of salad for lunch each day.  Those meals tend to be grab-n-go and heavy on the carbs (bagels, PB&J, etc.).  So I do my best to make up for it a dinner – the more veggies the better.

This soup came together one magical weekday night where Graham chilled out peacefully in his bouncy seat with me, and Daniel Tiger kept Cullen occupied so that I could get a healthy, warm dinner into the table.  Thrown together on a whim, it turned out tasty enough that I wanted to share. 

White Bean and Kale Veggie Stew with Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas by Daily Garnish

A mix of root veggies, beans, and greens – it’s a hearty complete meal that comes together easily.  And served along side a crusty baguette of bread, you might want to consider doubling the batch.  We could not stop going back for more!

White Bean and Kale Veggie Stew with Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

by Emily Malone

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients (4-6 servings)

    For the soup
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 3 large carrots, diced
    • 3 parsnips, diced
    • 2 cans white beans (great northern, cannellini, etc.) rinsed and drained
    • 4-6 cups vegetable broth
    • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 4 cups kale, de-stemmed and shredded (I cheated and used Trader Joe’s bagged kale!)
    • salt to taste
    • Sourdough or French bread baguette (optional)

    For the topping

    • 1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • pinch of salt

    Instructions

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. We’ll start by cooking backwards – starting with the finishing topping. Rinse and drain a can of chickpeas and spread evenly in a glass roasting dish (or onto a sheet pan if you prefer). Coat generously in olive oil and salt. Roast for 30-40 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking.

    While those are getting nice and crunchy, let’s make soup! In a Dutch oven, sauté the onions, carrots, and parsnips until beginning to soften. Make sure to cut into a fine dice – small enough bites to fit onto a soup spoon!

    After about ten minutes of sautéing, add the veggie broth, spices, and white beans. Only use enough broth to create a "chunky" soup, or use more if you prefer a thinner consistency. You are going to blend the soup eventually, and if it’s too thick at that point you can always add more to thin it out, but thickening is much more difficult once the liquid has been added.

    Add the kale and stir to cover as much as possible with the hot broth. Remember that it is going to wilt down quite a bit once cooked, so don’t worry if it doesn’t all fit within the liquid when raw. Cover and cook at a simmer for about ten minutes, stirring occasionally.

    Once the kale has wilted and all the veggies are soft, it’s time to blend. Using an immersion blender, puree slowly until about 75% of the soup is blended (adjust more or less depending on your preferences). I like to leave a bit of soup whole and chunky in order to add more texture and dimension to make it a stew. (Smooth pureed soups remind me of baby food, but maybe that’s just me?) Adjust seasoning as needed – throw in a few hefty pinches of salt!

    By now the chickpeas should be roasted and ready – nice and crunchy! Serve soup into bowls and top with chickpeas straight from the oven – the hotter the better!

    White Bean and Kale Veggie Stew with Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas by Daily Garnish

    Scoop with a few slices of crunchy French or sourdough baguette – delicious!

    White Bean and Kale Veggie Stew with Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas by Daily Garnish

    I know I’ve mentioned it here before, but we have a really hard time convincing Cullen to eat anything more exotic than blueberries or toast.  But we watched in awe as he literally wolfed down his entire bowl – motivated by the promise of more baguette slices to come.  Sure, it was all slathered on bread, but who cares? 

    White Bean and Kale Veggie Stew with Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas by Daily Garnish

    A delicious and healthy meal the whole family can enjoy.  I polished off our leftovers the next day and it was just as tasty.  And any leftover crunchy chickpeas make for a delicious salad topping!

    White Bean and Kale Veggie Stew with Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas by Daily Garnish

    Simple, quick, and tasty, which is what we strive for these days.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!  Have a great weekend. 

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    Macaroni & Peas (Kid-Friendly & Dairy-Free!)

    We have entered dealing with a picky eater territory.  I knew it was only a matter of time.  So many beautiful, carefully cooked vegetables tossed to the ground or spit off the high chair.  Lovely.

    So I’m getting a little more creative, and trying to come up with some fun toddler meals that Cullen will gobble down with his old vigor.  My goal is always to feed Cullen the same types of things that we are eating, sometimes with some spice or seasoning modifications.

    This recipe needed no modifications though – delicious for both mama and toddler. 

    Macaroni & Peas (Kid-Friendly & Dairy-Free!) by Daily Garnish

    There is a vegetarian restaurant here in Seattle that has a vegan mac and cheese on the menu for kids.  I’ve been talking about recreating something similar at home, and this weekend seemed like the perfect occasion.  We aren’t eating much dairy these days, so this is a dairy-free version of a kids’ classic.  I doubt your little one will know the difference!

    Macaroni & Peas (Kid-Friendly & Dairy-Free!)

    by Emily Malone

    Prep Time: 5 minutes

    Cook Time: 15 minutes

    Ingredients (3-4 servings)

      For the Pasta
      • 1 package pasta, cooked and drained (I used quinoa pasta!)
      • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed

      For the "Cheese" Sauce

      • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
      • 1/4 cup flour (I have used both garbanzo and millet flour)
      • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
      • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
      • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
      • 1 tablespoon Earth Balance spread, melted
      • 1 cup water

      Instructions

      Start by cooking pasta according to package directions. I chose quinoa pasta because it’s high in protein and gluten-free. We don’t eat a gluten-free diet in our house, but I do like to make sure we eat all things in moderation, and pay attention to nutritional balance. I also chose elbow pasta because it’s a fun shape and easy for tiny fingers to grab!

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      While the pasta is cooking, set the frozen peas out to thaw, or heat gradually in a saucepan or microwave to bring to room temp.

      As far as the sauce goes, I actually made a very similar version of this sauce years ago, back when I had about three readers.  So I’m bringing it back to life now because it’s too yummy to sit and get dusty in the archives.

      In a small saucepan, combine the dry ingredients for the sauce. In a separate dish, carefully melt the butter (without burning!) and then add the water to the same dish. Add the wet ingredients to the dry saucepan and whisk constantly to avoid creating lumps. Heat the sauce on medium-low heat, and whisk often.

      Macaroni & Peas (Kid-Friendly & Dairy-Free!) by Daily Garnish

      You can let the sauce sit for a minute or two while it thickens, but no longer – keep whisking! After about 10-15 minutes, the sauce should have thickened into a tasty, cheese-like consistency.  I may have left my junk food days (mostly) behind me, but I will always always love nacho cheese.  Mmmmmm.

      Macaroni & Peas (Kid-Friendly & Dairy-Free!) by Daily Garnish

      Add pasta to individual serving bowls, and mix with peas. Top with sauce and mix together to create a creamy macaroni and "cheese" meal for the whole family!

      Macaroni & Peas (Kid-Friendly & Dairy-Free!) by Daily Garnish

      Since we’ve been cheese-less for a while now, I haven’t had anything like this in a long time.  It is good, classic comfort food at it’s finest.  And since we had plenty of pasta leftover, I could quickly whip up another batch of sauce for lunch leftovers this afternoon. 

      Macaroni & Peas (Kid-Friendly & Dairy-Free!) by Daily Garnish

      Toddler tested…

      Macaroni & Peas (Kid-Friendly & Dairy-Free!) by Daily Garnish

      And approved!

      Macaroni & Peas (Kid-Friendly & Dairy-Free!) by Daily Garnish

      Mama approves as well.  Enjoy!

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