Sunday, January 19, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Garbanzo Beans with Kale and Sausage

For the new year, we are trying to cook at least one fish dish and one bean dish a week. It is easy to find delicious fish recipes. It is a lot more challenging to find bean dishes that are not soup or chili recipes. So I decided to be proactive and come up with something easy and nutritious. This is it. Garbanzo beans, carrots, apple cider vinegar, and kale are some of the best things you can eat. And just to balance all that goodness out, I included hot Italian sausage (because what good's super foods if they are not tasty and you don't want to eat them?!!). Ha!

1 15oz can of garbanzo beans
1 15oz can tomato sauce
1 lb hot Italian sausage
2 cups kale, torn into little pieces
1 carrot, diced
1 small onion, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp chili pepper flakes (optional)
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste

In a large saute pan, cook onions, garlic, carrots, and sausage thoroughly.

Stir in tomato sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and garbanzo beans.
Add oregano, cumin, paprika, chili pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Stir in kale; cook through.

Serve hot with rice.

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