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California Creamed Kale and Chickpeas

California Creamed Kale and Chickpeas

Serves: 4

Category: Main Dishes - Vegan
Tags: Aggressive Weight Loss

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

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1/2 cup raw cashews
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 chickpeas 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, 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.

Calories 335; Protein 16 g; Carbohydrates 46 g; Total Fat 11.6 g; Saturated Fat 1.8 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 70 mg; Fiber 11.2 g; Beta-Carotene 5838 ug; Vitamin C 49 mg; Calcium 203 mg; Iron 5.3 mg; Folate 210 ug; Magnesium 130 mg; Zinc 3.2 mg; Selenium 8 ug

Comments (20):



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.
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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.

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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.

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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.....


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