April 26, 2012

Spicy Kale & White Bean Soup / CSA Week 2

It’s Christmas again! Err, Week 2 of my CSA with Gruber Farm I mean. Same thing, right?DSC_0141 (1024x731)

Included in the box from Week 2:

  • strawberries
  • kale
  • turnips
  • snow peas
  • lettuce
  • a GIANT head of cabbage the size of my head
  • sweet onions

Just like last week, as soon I picked up the box, I immediately washed and ate most of the strawberries. I can’t help myself.

I don’t know what happened to our “Summer” weather, so I had no problem using the massive amount of kale to make another soup.

Spicy White Bean & Kale Soup

Serves 4


  • 1 pound kale, stems and veins removed and leaves washed
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2  (14.5 oz.) cans white northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • grated Parmesan cheese, for topping


  1. Cut the kale into small strips, about 1/2 inch thick. In a medium saucepan, heat 1olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, and cook until softened, or about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  2. Add the beans, stock, water, and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Stir in kale, salt, and both peppers. Reduce heat to low, partially cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until kale is tender and dark green.
  3. Serve immediately and top with freshly grated parmesan, if desired.


Nutritional perks of kale! According to The World’s Healthiest Foods, kale is an excellent source of Vitamins K, A, and C, and manganese. It is a very good source of fiber, copper, calcium, vitamin B6, and potassium. It is a good source of iron, magnesium, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, protein, and many others. Check out the full profile here.

For just a few ingredients and very little seasoning, this soup has a lot of flavor. It’s not too spicy – just a bit of kick! Kale makes me feel like the healthiest person on the block. It’s just so….green.

You should also check out these kale chips I made last year.

When I walked into work on Wednesday morning, I found that my coworker Dane had brought me 3 different cupcakes: Vanilla, Lemon Blueberry, and Red Velvet. What a sweet guy! After dinner, I had no problem devouring some (most?) of the Red Velvet.image


I must also note that I completed my “20 Pure Barre Classes in April” that night. More on that later 😉

What’s your favorite kale recipe? Next week, I’ll have a kale salad for you. It contains many of the ingredients found in a mojito! No, not the liquor. Sorry guys.

When you have a clean, healthy dinner, are you more apt to indulge in dessert?

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  • i really want to try and make kale chips.  as the kale queen i must ask…have you tried them?!

  • itzyskitchen

    Seriously, the last couple days were chilly! But its supposed to be 86 today! I walked the pier yesterday and almost got blown away. Soup is so warm and comforting. Josh isn’t a kale fan, so I don’t cook much with it

  • LIvefortherun

    Who wouldn’t love a box of fresh fruits and veggies delivered on their doorstep? Garden strawberries means I hate grocery store ones. 

    Lemon Blueberry cupcake looks delish! 

    I finally mastered kale chips, after burning a good bunch a few times. 

    • it’s actually delivered to my gym…but that’s pretty much my doorstep, haha. 

  • your head is itty bitty

  • ooohhh i love white bean soup!  have you ever had it at cheesecake factory? heaven, i tell you!

  • I just bought kale for the first time. I will have to try this recipe and try making kale chips! I just bought some cabbage too and sauteed it last night with some onions and turkey bacon. It was pretty good! 

  • I think I’ve only ever had kale when it’s “kale chips”… so good! I need to expand and try new recipes, though! 🙂

  • Cbissland

    Kale Chips rock…. Love, love, love. And I am making the White bean soup this weekend – cant wait 🙂 Is it true that cheesecake factory is coming to Towne center?!

  • I recently just discovered kale chips and I don’t know how I feel about them just yet… but this recipe looks really good! 

  • I like the sound of this recipe…bookmarking it now.

    Whoa..look at how high the frosting on those cupcakes. I love it.

  • Your CSA box recipes remind me of the Chopped basket!  BTW, for some reason, your blog is now blocked at my work.  A message pops up that reads “block page: Sex contents”.  Ummm, I have no idea why the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals thinks Hungry Meets Healthy is porn.

    • OMG! i wonder if it’s from 50 shades of grey!!!! let me check out if i’ve used the S word lately to

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