Meatless Monday: Kale & Chickpea Stirfry
This is absolutely one of my favorite dishes. And yet, it’s also the one that inspires the most comments when I tell people what it is.
I hate kale, they tell me.
I hate chickpeas, they tell me.
It’s delicious! I repeat.
And yet, I still get the looks of disbelief.
So, you can either turn away right now knowing that this is basically kale and chickpeas and a few savory extras, or you can continue reading and realize that this recipe is one of the most delicious and amazing dishes that I have ever made. And will continue to make because it’s ridiculously good. You will too.
Let’s see – easy, vegetarian, and quick. Sign me up!
Chickpea & Kale Stirfry
1 15-oz. can of chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), drained
1 bunch kale, torn and stems removed
Crushed Red Pepper, Hots, or Sriracha, your choice.
1. In a large pan, heat the olive oil to medium heat. This is usually where I add the garlic powder. I add quite a bit but it’s really up to your taste buds.
2. Once the olive oil has reached the proper temperature, add the chickpeas and saute until the chickpeas turn golden and crusty, usually about 8-10 minutes.
3. Add the red pepper, sriracha, or hots and mix well. A friend of mine leaves this step out and says that it’s still delicious. I prefer a little heat but if you like life a little less hot, just omit this step.
4. Add the kale and saute until still crisp but beginning to wilt. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice and mix well. Season with sea salt.
I have made this entree the night before bringing it into work and I would recommend heating before serving. It’s definitely best warm, but I would eat it cold!
Then again, I’m the girl with an I Love Kale bumper sticker. Notice how I saved that gem for last? 🙂