Manic Monday: 1-Pot Colorful Curried Kale Stew
- 1 bunch kale, chopped
- 1 sweet potato, peeled & chopped
- 1 potato, peeled & chopped
- 1 large portobello mushroom, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 T curry powder
- 1 jalepeno pepper, pierced but left whole
- 3 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1-2 tsp olive oil (optional)
- Pile all ingredients into large pot & cover
- Cook for 15-20 minutes until potatoes soft
- Stir/break up all lightly with spoon & serve
- Serve with freshly chopped cilantro (optional)
I chose this dish for Manic Monday because it’s so easy to dump into the pot while it fills the house with the aroma of curry and sweet heat.
This dish sweetens the pot for those who are kale frail, which is good because this leafy green veg wants to make you powerfully pumped! It’s loaded with iron, vitamin C, and has tons of fiber with only 33 calories per cooked cup. How many foods will load you with this much iron and so few calories?
I love taking a beautiful, long green pepper and piercing it right down the center on one side and nestling it into the center of these beautiful orange, green and white colors before sprinkling the amber curry powder on top and closing the lid while the magic happens.
Before you cover this bountiful pot with the lid, take a look at those colors, and let those deep colors soak into your soul. Cooking is not just about keeping your gut healthy, though this dish will definitely do that. How many times this winter did you crave the sight luscious color to awaken and enliven your spirit?
The color green in this kale recipe is known to be one of the most restful, relaxing colors for the human eye to view. The color orange of the sweet potatoes creates a feeling of joy, warmth and creativity. The white potatoes will provide a visual contrast with its associated feelings of innocence, humility and illumination. Simply piling the ingredients into the pot is a feast for the visual senses!
Curry, ahhh, curry. I first fell in love with curry when I moved to London with my hubby over twenty five years ago. It’s not just for Queen Victoria and Abdul! I hope you find any excuse to sample your favorite curry blends, like this new one I found at Pete’s Fresh Market by Ziyad. Although it is called “Hot Curry” powder, I didn’t find it too overwhelming, and I loved the addition of the jalapeño pepper. You could gently lift the pepper out of the stew at the end and reserve it for those who prefer more heat.
I love curries so much, but I find that I struggle to zip my jeans after I indulge in a large bowl or two. Because of the voluminous nature of kale, this curry is one that is not weighed down with masses of dense energy.
Set your sights on greens, oranges and whites while the powerful aroma of the middle east fills you with the energy you need to power through to your sensual center and enjoy the beginning of your week.
Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.Ralph Waldo Emerson