Meatless Monday: Coconut Milk with Kale and Chickpeas

Meatless Monday: Coconut Milk with Kale and Chickpeas

Salads can get very boring.  I often find myself craving warm, vegetable heavy dishes.  Todays recipe, adapted from Go Dairy Free, uses coconut milk to make the nutrient dense meal rich and hearty despite the good for you and filling ingredients.

I could eat this every day.

Coconut Milk with Kale and Chickpeas

2 quarts (8 cups) water

1 cup uncooked rice (I used red rice)

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 scallions or green onions, finely diced

1 jalapeno, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon salt, divided

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 cup coconut milk

1 small bunch of kale, cleaned, stemmed and chopped

1 (15 oz.) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, minced

1 lime-grated zest and all of the juice

In a large pot with a heavy bottom, boil the 2 quarts of water. Add the rice. Cook the rice as if it were pasta, on medium-high heat and in plenty of water. Stir the rice frequently and cook for 30 minutes. Strain.

Meanwhile, sauté the green onions, jalapenos and garlic in the oil with ½ teaspoon salt and the pepper on medium-low heat and cook approximately 10-12 minutes or until the onion is soft and translucent.  Pour the rice through a mesh strainer once cooked and add it back to the pot.

To the rice, add the coconut milk, ½ tsp. salt, and the sautéed onion/garlic/jalapeno mixture that had been prepared. Stir to combine.  Next, add the kale and chickpeas.

Stir everything together and cook on medium low for additional 10-12 minutes until the rice is soft and absorbs most of the liquid. The kale should be just wilted and bright green. Take the pot off the heat; add in the lime zest, lime juice and cilantro.

Fluff with a fork to combine and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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