Stewed Kale with Dried Beans

I didn't specify what kind of beans because you can use any kind of dried beans that you like.  I used Yellow Eye which I personally like and make a creamy stew when they start to fall apart, but you could use other kinds, too.  Also, this recipe is so totally flexible.  Feel free to substitute any of the veggies for ones you have on hand and it will still be good!  :)

  • 1 cup dried beans, soaked overnight and drained
  • cooking oil
  • 1-2 onions, chopped
  • garlic, to taste, chopped
  • chili pepper, optional (I used a smoked one or you could use cayenne powder or chili powder or whatever you want)
  • 4-6 cups of vegetable broth, water, or chicken broth (or a combo)
  • 1/2 cup carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 bunch kale, tough midribs removed and sliced
  • mushrooms, chopped (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil on medium and saute onions until translucent, stirring to prevent sticking.  Add garlic and chili pepper, stir quickly, and add beans and liquid. Bring to a boil, turn down to simmer, and cook until beans are tender but not falling apart, a couple of hours.  Add the carrots, kale, mushrooms and simmer adding more liquid if necessary.  Cook until vegetables are tender.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve over rice, pasta, with mashed potatoes, etc.  Enjoy!