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This Smoky Kale, Beans, & Rice is the Ultimate Healthy Comfort Meal

By August 28, 2016Eat, Recipes

Greens, beans, and SO many spices come together for a pot full of smoky, yet totally healthy flavor. 

This recipe can easily be made vegetarian by taking out the beef and adding more beans. Cozy up with your own bowl, and only put in about 20 minutes of actual cooking work.

Time: 20-30 minutes

When to eat it: Lunch, dinner

Perks: High-protein, one-pot

Sh*t You Need:

Cooking spray
4 cups cooked brown rice
1 1lb. ground beef (I like to use 97% lean)
2 cups small red beans
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red onion, diced
2 carrots, diced (or be lazy like me and use shredded carrots)
3 celery stalks, diced
1 bunch kale, shredded
2-3 chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped
1 T smoked paprika
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
Salt/pepper to taste
Green onions for garnish

Dutch oven

beans and rice

The Recipe:

1. Finely chop the onion, garlic, celery, and carrots. 

2. Heat the dutch oven over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray. Add all chopped vegetables and garlic to the dutch oven. Allow them to cook for 2-3 minutes. 

3. Add the ground beef to the pot. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, break apart the ground beef in the pan and continue to break into smaller pieces until the beef is cooked through. This should take approximately 8-10 minutes.

4. Add the beans, kale, chipotle peppers, and spices to the pot. Stir everything together and cook for another 3-5 minutes, or until heated through. 

5. Serve your rice into a bowl first, and then spoon your beef and beans mixture on top of the rice. Garnish with green onions and serve.

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Author Holly Van Hare

Holly is a recent graduate from Northeastern University from Boca Raton, FL. She loves writing, math, and all things nerdy, as well as fitness. Holly is a health and wellness online influencer, group fitness instructor at BURN Fitness Studios, and future podcaster. Her favorite classes right now are HIIT training and cardio boxing.

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