Saturday, January 17, 2009

Maggie's In the Kitchen!

It has been so cold here I thought I would make something comforting....

What's in the pot??????

Here it is... The most delicious soup ever!! (well that's my opinion ;-}) Full of so many nourishing yummy things like chickpeas, kale, vegies and spices. I thought you might like the recipe so here goes...
North African Chickpea & Kale Soup
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, sliced or chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8th to 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder or cayenne
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
generous pinch saffron, lightly crushed
2 bay leaves
1 three inch cinnamon stick
3 cups cooked chickpeas(or 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed)
8 cups vegetable broth(or water plus bouillon)
1 large bunch of kale, thick centre ribs removed and chopped(at least 8 cups)
About 2 cups of water
salt to taste.
Spray a large saucepan with olive oil spray and heat it, Add onion and carrot and cook over medium -high heat until onion begins to brown(about 5 minutes) Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the spices, including the bay leaves and cinnamon stick, and cook, stirring for another minute. Add the chickpeas and stir to coat them with the spices.Pour in the 8 cups of vegetable stock, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to a simmer for 20 minutes.
Add chopped kale and stir. If necessary add water to cover the kale and cook until tender, about 10-25 minutes,depending on how cooked you like your kale .
If it is becoming dry add more water as needed( I added more stock since I had lots)
Add salt to taste and serve.
I sprinkled parmesan cheese on top just because I like it like that..
Makes about 6-8 servings
One sixth of the recipe provides 199 calories;3g total fat;(11% calories from fat)11g Protein; 36 g carbohydrates;54 mg sodium;6g Fibre;175mg calcium
Imagine 6g fibre in one serving! sooooooo healthy.
I hope you will try it..


a painter said...

This looks really delicious and really nutritious, too. I really like kale in soup. Definitely a hearty winter soup for cold weather! Thanks for the recipe!

Carla said...

Looks delicious except for the chick peas. I've never heard of kale! I'll have to go look for it now.

Pat@MyTatteredElegance said...

Sounds and looks good. Thanks for the recipe. I made stew for a friend and myself last night. She came over after work and we pigged out. Also made a lemon pie. We both ate tooooo much, but it was sure good and the company great.

Smiles and have a blessed weekend!

Cotton Picker said...

I'll have to jot down this vegetarian soup recipe. Chick peas are my favourite bean and kale is my favourite green. Thanks for sharing. I feel warmer already. :)

Sharon said...

Oh yum! Maggie I shall try this one. I love soup. I am so glad your order arrived and that you like it. Thanks again Sharon

quiltcrazygal said...

Oh I'm coming over for dinner:) Sounds yummy and good for you! I just love your doll, I want to make something like her someday. I sure have a lot of the same hobbies as you:) We have good taste. I do love stichin' fingers so far, I have found so much wonderful information. Blessings, Jenna Louise

Jolly Good Yarn Girl said...

mmmmmmm I've noted down the recipe and that's a must for this week - there's kale in the allotment and I never really know what to do with it all apart from give it to the rabbit!

Maggie R said...

Hi Everyone.. So happy you like the soup recipe. You won't be disappointed. I can't leave it alone until it is all gone VBG

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Perfect for this very cold weather we're having, at least at my house in Michigan. Wow! Minus degrees many days. But good times for staying inside and blogging and reading and eating Maggie's Soup! Thanks for the recipe!

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

Oh, that does sound good! Thanks for sharing!

Terri's ThreadArt said...

Maggie I just want to jump in the picture and eat this RIGHT now!!!

Mary said...

I love putting kale in my vegetable soup..I'll have to try this recipe!

Prpldy said...

Sounds yummy and I'm going to make it!