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California Creamed Kale and Chickpeas


For an easy and delicious entrée, combine sautéed kale, onions and chickpeas with a creamy garlic cashew sauce.

  • Recipe
  • My Notes
  • Nutrition Facts
  • Ratings & Comments (45)


1/2 cup raw cashews
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 cup unsweetened soy, almond or hemp milk
1 clove garlic
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 carrots, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups cooked or 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added or low sodium chickpeas, drained
1 bunch kale, tough stems removed, leaves thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper or to taste


Place cashews, hemp seeds, non-dairy milk and garlic in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.

Heat 2-3 tablespoons water in a large skillet or dutch oven and water saute the onion and carrots for 5 minutes, or until softened. Stir in the chickpeas. Gradually add the kale and saute until kale starts to wilt, adding additional water as needed to prevent sticking. Cover and cook until kale is tender, about 10 minutes.

Stir in cashew sauce and crushed red pepper. Cook, uncovered for 2-3 minutes until heated through.

My Notes: (Click Edit to enter your notes about this recipe)

Serves 4

Per Serving:

Calories 289
Protein 14 g
Carbohydrates 34 g
Sugars 7 g
Total Fat 12.9 g
Saturated Fat 1.9 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 67 mg
Fiber 6.1 g
Beta-Carotene 5832 ug
Vitamin C 48 mg
Calcium 185 mg
Iron 4.4 mg
Folate 139 ug
Magnesium 144 mg
Potassium 741 mg
Zinc 3 mg
Selenium 6.3 ug

My Rating: 
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05/19/2013 11:15 PM

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Extremely easy to make and my family really liked it. This includes the 4 year old. I added some turmeric and a little curry powder to it. This is going to be one of my go-to recipes.


05/20/2013 12:14 PM

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Easy to make, very tasty....


07/15/2013 11:12 PM

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This was delicious. I loved the sauce. So easy and quick. Even my non nutritarian husband enjoyed it!


03/17/2014 08:18 PM

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this was a nice variation on the other creamed kale recipes. i added another garlic clove, 'cause that's how i roll. it was very saucy so it felt decadent.


07/14/2014 09:47 PM

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Not bad! I thought the recipe might be kind of bland, though, so I added a teaspoon of Berbere spice blend that I had made, plus 3 more cloves of garlic. We loooove garlic! Next time I'll add another half teaspoon of the spice mix to give it an even bigger kick, and serve it over some organic brown rice. We really liked it.


03/03/2015 08:15 PM

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Made this according to directions, except I added several mushrooms. DH and I really enjoyed. And there is enough for leftovers. Will make again.


03/05/2015 05:53 PM

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Made this according to directions, except I added several mushrooms. DH and I really enjoyed. And there is enough for leftovers. Will make again.


01/15/2016 04:39 PM

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This is a recipe I will go back to over and over again. I really, really liked it. It's such a comfort food when it's cold outside. And so easy to prepare.
This comment was last edited on 01/15/2016 04:40 PM


02/23/2017 12:38 PM

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It also works very well with spinach.

It is very good, I would recommend to use a big clove of garlic.



08/03/2017 12:42 PM

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Don't be put off by the school lunch aroma of this one. It's really good, especially with a few tricks. I toasted the garlic in the pan so it's not so raw-tasting. And like a lot of other recipes on this site that use cashews for "creaminess," this one can benefit from a squeeze of lemon or lime.

This comment was last edited on 08/03/2017 12:51 PM


08/14/2017 05:31 PM

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A new favorite. This was delicious. I did add salt but only a little and lots of extra garlic. This was even better the day after!


08/24/2017 01:35 PM

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Delicious!! Made this last night, was wondering about the smell, thinking I would not like it, but it truly is fantastic. I used some homemade almond milk, and it was perfect. Next time I will use a bit more garlic and maybe add some mushrooms as suggested above. The recipe makes alot, and I am fixing to enjoy the remainder for lunch today!!! :) Can't wait to make the sauce again for some steamed broccoli, carrots and cauliflower.


02/03/2018 09:54 PM

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Oh my! Very delicious. I added a little Braggs to the sauce. It would have been fine without it, too. I can tell. YUMMMMMM


03/17/2018 07:17 AM

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One of our favorites. I also add mushrooms. There is a cashew allergy in our family so I replaced the cashews with 1/2 cup raw almonds + 1 date since cashews are a little sweet. Worked great.

sunnyjoya replies:

02/21/2019 08:16 PM

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Vsas, I'm curious whether substituting almonds reduced the creaminess factor, since that seems to be the usual purpose of cashews in many Fuhrman recipes.  Since you probably omit cashews from most recipes because of family allergy, do you find the almonds always work in their place for creaminess?  Thanks.  I think I tried doing that once and it didn't work so well, but it could have been for some other reason so I thought I'd ask so next time I'll know. It's sometimes a pain to run out for cashews when I ALWAYS have almonds in the fridge!




08/01/2018 05:08 PM

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Enjoying this!   I added mushrooms because I had some I needed to use.  Thinking next time I might leave out the peppers and add some fresh nutmeg.  For the moment, I DO like the crushed red peppers.   I’m new at this and will definitely make this often.  


10/27/2018 08:00 AM

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One of my favorites so far!  The only change I made was adding a pinch of cayenne. The whole family loved it.  


11/04/2018 03:17 PM

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This was really good!  Add tumeric and mushrooms.  Wow!


11/15/2018 07:47 PM

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Loved it!


03/07/2019 10:02 AM

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Could you please suggest substitute for raw cashews? I have food sensitivity.....

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05/29/2019 06:30 PM

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For a substitute of the cashews that would give the creaminess that is white : how about a handful of blended hemp and chia seeds or just white beans or just tofu.  Or just a flour of your choice (which would then have to be well cooked). Adjust seasonings to taste if substituting.

HCarver replies:

06/23/2022 09:29 AM

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White beans (cooked or canned) or cauliflower also blend into a thick creamy sauce. Might need to adjust seasoning.

This reply was last edited on 06/23/2022 09:29 AM


03/30/2019 10:58 PM

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Wow! This was so good! I was out of raw cashews so I substituted almond butter and added the almond milk to it to make the sauce. So good! Then ate all of it over wild rice. This one is a keeper. 


This comment was last edited on 03/30/2019 10:59 PM


05/28/2019 10:49 AM

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Absolutely delicious! Tasted like something I’m not supposed to eat. Sautéed in vegetable stock.Surprised at how healthy it is !

This comment was last edited on 05/28/2019 10:55 AM


06/01/2019 05:40 PM

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A perfect “greens and beans” dish. 


06/08/2019 07:41 PM

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This was an awesome meal - I made the recipe and loved it!


09/14/2019 01:25 PM

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Very good!  It’s a Keeper. Added 3 cloves of garlic and used spinach instead. Also added 1/4 teaspoon of tummeric loved the flavor of it. 


09/14/2019 11:10 PM

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I used fresh kale from my garden and subbed great northern white beans instead of chickpeas.  I love the idea of using roasted garlic and mushrooms, I bet they are great additions to the wonderful recipe. 


10/06/2019 12:15 PM

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Does this freeze well?


10/19/2019 11:07 PM

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Excellent meal! I tripled the garlic, which was the only change I made, and we all enjoyed it very much. Decadent flavor. Many thanks to whomever came up with this!


10/30/2019 06:04 PM

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My wife made this tonight, and it is FANTASTIC.  We will definately be serving this to friends.


10/30/2019 09:30 PM

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Delicious. Very easy to prepare.


06/23/2020 07:30 AM

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This was absolutely delicious. Instead of red pepper flakes I added Braggs salt-free seasoning.  Will definitley make this over and over again! Yummy.


08/25/2020 09:22 PM

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This recipe has become one of our favorites.  We used Black Beans rather than chickpeas, added few mushrooms, and splash of Bragg's liquid aminos.  Served it over wild rice.  Definitely one of my go to recipes!  So delicious and easy!  Enjoy!


02/08/2021 02:42 PM

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This was wonderful! I thought it might be a little bland but it had a lot of flavor. I did add extra garlic and will probably serve the leftovers over rice or maybe some cauliflower rice since it was a little soupy. Easy to make and would lend itself to additions. Will definitely make again!


11/01/2021 06:42 PM

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I took Pgil's additions: 3 garlic cloves, spinach instead of kale, and 1/4 tsp tumeric.  I also added mushrooms. Yum.  I do think I would like a bit more sauce. Next time.


01/09/2022 08:30 PM

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I just love this recipe.  When I took to my sister's for a holiday, she and her husband enjoyed it too!  And my brothers!  Five stars!


02/15/2022 03:39 PM

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I enjoyed this recipe because it was simple to prepare, had limited ingredients (time saver), tasted great, and ticked off three G-bombs (although I think the ones shown above the recipe seem to be incorrect-omits onions and includes seeds). I blended the crushed red pepper into the sauce for better distribution.


06/23/2022 09:26 AM

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Delicious! We really like this. Thanks for the suggestions to add mushrooms. That makes it even better!


06/23/2022 07:41 PM

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I made this dish and highly recommend it.  The one thing I thought it was missing was a little acid to offset the sweetness of the cashews.  I added a squeeze of lemon and sprinkled nutritional yeast over top.  This is a keeper


08/05/2022 07:55 PM

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Thought I would try the recipe because of all the five-star reviews. Glad I did. The recipe is nutritious and delicious. I used Dr. Fuhrman’s cashew butter instead of cashews and added 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms. Will definitely make this recipe again.


09/25/2022 12:51 PM

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Regular favorite. Non-ETL hubby likes it. Usually make it per the recipe, it's quick and easy. Nice texture with mandolin for onion slices


10/10/2022 02:06 PM

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This is amazing! Such a great meal for fall. I added quite a bit more garlic as we tend to love a lot of garlic. A very filling dish!


11/01/2022 12:40 PM

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This was sooo good, especially the next day for lunch.  I just had to add a pinch of salt but next time, I'll try a bit of herb spice.  Everyone mentions mushrooms and a bit more garlic so I'll try that next time. It's a keeper in my recipe box and I've added the recipe for the cashew cream to my recipe book as it was easy to make and delicious.



06/20/2023 07:42 PM

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This recipe is great! It's perfect comfort food. Much better than mac-n-cheese ever thought about being!


08/22/2023 06:58 PM

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This is absolutely delicious. I added two chopped cloves of garlic during the last minute when cooking the onions and carrots, as well as 1/4 tsp turmeric. The best part is that it's so easy to make. I will be adding this recipe to my regular rotation!


09/28/2023 02:26 PM

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So good! I soaked the cashews in hot water while I was getting everything else together. This seems to make the sauce smoother. Used a slotted spoon to remove them from the soak and saved the soaking water to use for the sauté. Instead of adding the red pepper chili flakes at the end, I stirred in 2 teaspoons of Salt-Free Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning Blend to the cashew sauce before I poured it over the sautéed vegetable/beans. Also added an extra clove of garlic. Will definitely make this again!


12/19/2023 10:43 PM

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Very good and easy and inexpensive to make!
I used almond flour instead of cashews due to allergies. 
Husband said it reiminded him of alfredo.