Thursday, April 1, 2010

K is for ...

Kale and White Bean Soup!

It's good, really. 
At least my husband must think so because he ate a whole BIG bowl of it as a midnight snack a few evenings ago.  I don't know about you, but soup is not something I want as a snack ... cookies, candy, ice cream yes.  Kale soup, no. 
Back to my story... Something woke me up, I think it was the tornado scene from the Wizard of Oz that so abruptly disturbed my pleasant dreams ...
Anyway, my husband was up (at midnight), eating the leftovers from the Kale and White Bean Soup and watching the Wizard of Oz. 
oK, 15 years ago, I wouldn't have found this strange ... but Whatever. 

And, let me just say it was a BIG bowl of soup ... Where that man put that much Kale is beyond me.  He weighs a whole 142 pounds, you know (makes me sick). 

So, here's a link to the real recipe for Kale & White Bean Soup from The Nourished Kitchen (excellent website, by the way).   And here is my own Kitchen Adventure version:

2 cans Cannellini beans, rinsed well and drained
2 cartons of organic chicken stock
1 bunch of Kale, washed and chopped
1/2 onion, chopped finely to hide it from the children
1 handful of baby carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, sliced thin
1 clove garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
sea salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Place everything in a large pot or the crockpot, simmer until veggies are done, fish out the bay leaves, and serve. 

And please don't blame me if it brings out odd behavior in your husband ... K

If you are wondering, Kitchen Adventures are what I call my little "experiments" in the kitchen.   You know, like when you just must tweak a recipe here and there (and I almost always must) and  you have no idea if it is going to be edible when you're done.  Kitchen Adventure sounds better than "experiment", don't you think? 

If you were hoping for K herbs, here's a list with links.  I'm not really familiar with these, though they do sound rather interesting ... especially that Kava Kava stuff, I know some people who could use a bit of that. 




oK.  This kompletes this week's Alphabe-Thursday post, visit Jenny Matlock to read more! 


  1. Definitely have to give this little Kitchen Adventure recipe of yours a try. I love Kale and can't wait to have it growing again. It's a great addition to Potato Soup too. ;)


  2. He must have loved it so much he woke up because he couldn't get enough of it LOL.

  3. Catherine, we make a good white bean soup so we'll have to have a little Kitchen Adventure and add some kale. Sounds good to me!
    Great K post. Happy Easter Weekend! I'm off to my garden. . .

  4. this looks delicious and so very healthy. i love soup for a snack...but not a midnight snack :)
    i am going to try this recipe out and i apologize in advance if i tweak it a bit more myself..i am thinking little turkey meatballs might be a nice addition.

  5. Never Heard of kale. New word for me. Happy Easter

  6. I love making white bean soup and I always put kale in it. Our recipes are very similar. Sometimes I grill a little Italian bread and float it on top of the soup with grated Parmesan cheese.

    I love your blog..I'll be back to read some more...


  7. Hopping around the Internet visiting K posts and making new friends! :) Your blog appeals to me so I will follow. The soup sounds like one my hubby would bow down and call me blessed (or is it rise up and do that?) for at the city gates! :) He likes soups ... me not so much but I try to be a good spouse and make him some a couple of times a week. Laters ~

  8. A very informative K post! Nice job :-)

  9. okay, it sounds wonderful, but i am with you, it wouldnt be my pick for midnight snack!

  10. That soup sounds delicious! I often put my onion in the blender -- not to hide it from kids, but to hide it from my husband. He actually loves onion, he just doesn't know it!

  11. I must say the soup sounds good but a midnight snack? Men, what else can we say. Great K post!!

  12. Oh, that sounds yummy. I like your kitchen adventures!

  13. I think I would rather have special K than Kale!
    Or maybe some Kiwi?
    Thanks so much for visiting..glad you like the viola table..

  14. That does actually sound good! It's been cold and rainy here and soup always sounds good for dinner. I wouldn't watch it with the Wizard of Oz movie though. I don't like it - Those flying monkeys have always scared me! ;)

  15. I've made a soup really close to this one before and it's SOOOO good!

  16. This recipe sounds wonderful.

    Kava Kava should come with a warning. Yikes! That is some powerful stuff!

    I love your phrase Kitchen Adventure!

    I think my husband might like that term if I chose to share it with him...which I shall not!

    Thanks for a great stop on the Alphabe-Thursday K-train!


  17. soup for snack, why not? I find soup can be fulfilling especially with vegetables

    thanks for your visit to my alphabe-thursday

  18. I love bean soup - and the addition of kale sounds wonderful. You might catch me eating this at midnight.

  19. This sounds delicious, but I agree, soup is not what I think of when I'm looking for a midnight snack! I see that you are in Texas, and used to work in a veterinary clinic. Do you need a job? I'm starting to think I'll be working 50 hour weeks until I die :) Kathy

  20. I'm just discovering kale. I like its texture, its taste, its smell, its look.

    I've never heard of the k herbs or the website but just go look.

    Thanks for all the information packaged so nicely.

  21. I've never had Kale in my life and I'm 64. The soup sounds good though!

  22. I love this soup, I have had are weird creatures arent they? I gave up trying to understand their strange little goings on.....
    You should grow Kiwi! The vines are have to have a male and a female but they are easy to grow.......


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