Okay, now you’re going to have to bear with me on this one. I know that kale and chickpeas might not sound like the tastiest things ever – they’re very vegetarian sounding (and I say that as a vegetarian). All you need is some added tofu and perhaps some quinoa, and you’ve gone full-blown flower child, hugging trees and playing a tambourine.
But trust me. This dish was delish. A delish dish, if you will.
Perhaps you’ll be convinced when I tell you about all the garlic, and the cream, and the cheeeeese in this creamed kale! As I said when I posted the portobello and kale quinoa bake – if there’s any way that kale is going to be made completely and utterly irresistible, it’s going to be by smothering it in cream. It tooootally works.
The best thing is that, although it seems pretty luxurious, this dish actually only contains a dash of cream and a small sprinkling of cheese (split between two or three people, no less!). You gain a huge amount of deliciousness from a fairly modest amount of indulgence. And considering the amount of nutrients in the vegetables (superkale to the rescue!), I’m willing to let it go if you are?
Creamed kale would usually be served as a side dish, but the chickpeas in this version make it substantial enough to eat on its own if you prefer. With a slice of garlic bread at the side, it made a very happy lunch.
One last thing: I really, really love how the texture of kale is compared to, say, spinach. Spinach cooks down completely until it’s just a soft mush, and as much as I love spinach in other dishes, a big forkful of it sometimes isn’t the best. Kale, on the other hand, does become fairly soft, but also keeps its shape much more than spinach does, and still has a bit of bite to it. And you don’t need to use twelve entire bagfuls to make a meal!
Creamed kale with chickpeas
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium leek halved lengthwise and then sliced
- 100 g curly kale remove any tough stems, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 100 g cooked chickpeas
- Black pepper
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
- 175 ml single cream
- 30 g cheddar cheese grated
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan, and add the chopped leek and kale. Cook over a medium heat for around 5 minutes, until the vegetables are fairly soft. Add the garlic, and cook for a further 2-3 minutes, stirring regularly.
- Add the chickpeas and plenty of seasoning, as well as the cream and grated cheese. Turn the heat down a touch, and cook for a further 2 minutes, until the cheese has all melted and the mixture has thickened slightly.
- Stir in the fresh parsley, and serve warm.