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Braised kale with black beans and tomatoes

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Makes 4 servings.


1 bunch kale (about 8 to 10 leaves)*

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 large onion, diced

5 large or 6 medium plum tomatoes, seeded and diced (2 cups)

2 garlic cloves, halved lengthwise

1 can (15 1/2 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained

1 1/2 cups fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

*Lacinato, also called "dino (dinosaur) kale" or cavolo nero, is the best choice, but any kale, including curly green and red Russian, can be used.


  • Using a sharp paring knife, slice off the hard central vein of each kale leaf.
  • Stacking 3 to 4 leaves at a time, cut them crosswise into 1/2-inch strips.
  • Rinse in a colander or sieve and shake well, leaving some moisture clinging to leaves.
  • In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  • Sauté onion until translucent, about 4 minutes.
  • Add kale and mix until wilted, about 3 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and garlic.
  • Cook, stirring, until tomatoes soften slightly, about 3 minutes.
  • Add beans and broth.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat; and simmer until kale is tender, about 30 minutes.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve as a side dish or over brown rice for a main course.

Nutrition information

Serving size: 1/4 of recipe. Amount per serving: 177 calories, 4g total fat (less than 1g saturated fat), 28g carbohydrates, 10g protein, 8g dietary fiber, 591mg sodium.

Source: American Institute for Cancer Research

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