Meatless Monday Motivation: Kale and Chick Pea Stew

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Do you participate in Meatless Mondays?

When my oldest son who is now 23 years old was just becoming a teenager, he decided he was going to be vegetarian. I tried several times to dissuade him but eventually I listened to his reasons and I started cooking more and more vegetarian dishes. Later on he became vegan and our meals became even more challenging. Now my youngest daughter is vegetarian too. Growing up in a Mediterranean household, I was used to eating many meatless meals and sometimes I really appreciate and love legumes, beans and lentils more than meat.

As the main cook in our family, I wanted to accommodate the vegetarians but I still had two other meat lovers in the family, my husband and middle son. As a busy Mom, I just wanted to make my life easier! So out of convenience, I started Meatless Mondays so I only had to cook one meal on at least one day of the week that everyone would eat. I would make a large batch of that meatless meal so the non meat eaters could eat it for several days which again would make less work for me. Do you sense a pattern here? At this time, I also taught my oldest how to cook his favourite meatless meals so he could make them himself. Now years later he is an excellent and adventurous cook going way beyond my recipes.

Fast forward to 2013 when my real food adventure started! Everything I read about real food encouraged cutting down the amount of meat in our diet and increasing the amount of vegetables, legumes, beans etc.  According to Meatless Monday Canada not only would eating more veggies help save the planet but having a diet low in meat would have added health benefits like lowering the risk of heart disease, Osteoporosis, Type 2 Diabetes and certain types of Cancers. It wasn’t hard to institute Meatless Mondays! Now I not only eat meatless on Mondays but on several other days as well. I cook with very little meat in our meals as it is now part of our meal and not the main attraction. Over time, my family has adjusted really well to this even the meat-lovers! We now eat red meat (grass fed beef) only once a week or every two weeks and mostly eat chicken, fish, seafood, meatless and very little pork. I now purchase certified organic meat which is more expensive but we don’t eat as much of it so I don’t feel it has made a difference to how much I spend for groceries per week.

Kale and Chick Pea Stew Here is a Kale and Chick Pea Stew I love. For the longest time I didn’t like kale but now I’ve substituted kale in a lot of my personal recipes that called for swiss chard or spinach and now I love it! If you don’t have kale on hand you can substitute either of these leafy greens. Another family-favourite meatless meal is my Mediterranean Green Lentil Stew.  Meatless Monday meals will be a regular addition to my blog as these recipes have proven extremely popular! If you would like to know how to get started eating real food like we do, sign up here for my 5 Steps to Eating Real Food . You’ll also receive other real recipes  including other meatless meals to give you some Meatless Monday Motivation!

Leave me a comment! Let me know if you try this recipe and how you like it! Enjoy!

Kale and Chick Pea Stew
 
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A Meatless Monday meal!
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked chick peas
  • 1 bunch of kale chopped
  • ½ an onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cups mushrooms
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
Instructions
  1. Heat up the oil and cook the garlic and onions until soft.
  2. Add the mushrooms and tomatoes until partially cooked.
  3. Then add the chick peas, kale, salt and pepper to taste and vegetable broth and mix.
  4. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer.
  5. Cook for about an hour.
  6. Check to make sure the liquid has not totally absorbed and add vegetable broth or water if needed.

 

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About Sandra

In a previous life, Sandra was an adult educator, counsellor and trainer. While running a successful direct marketing business she became passionate about business, social media and coaching. She strives everyday for a life full of health, wellness, adventure, passion and purpose!

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real hop. We hope you’ll join us again this week.

  2. Sandra, I don’t always go meatless on Mondays. We’ve cut way back on our meat consumption and have added more veggies into our diet. This stew looks really good. I like the texture of chickpeas in soups and stews and kale is just an all around great veg. I’m stopping by from the Let’s Get Real Friday link party. That’s so much for linking up and sharing this with us. I hope you’ll join us again on Friday.

    • Thank you Nicky for stopping by! I love chick peas and I put it in most of my stews! It’s the one bean all my family loves. I will definitely link up again next Friday! So fun!

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