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Sauteed Kale with Avocado and Chickpeas

Sauteed Kale with Avocado and Chickpeas

Sometimes less is more. And when I say less, I really mean less. This recipe is as simple as simple can be. However, we have a super healthy plant-based meal that fits in a bowl. With just a few ingredients, we are making a delicious Sautéed Kale with Avocado and Chickpeas. 

As many of you know, I absolutely love spending time in the kitchen. And I really enjoy the whole process of making food. I love creating recipes, going to different markets to find the right ingredients, and making the food. And my favourite part, serving the food to the people I love.

However, I don't always have time to spend long hours in the kitchen. I have two little ones so I have to make sure I can fit everything in my day. So, I'm always on the hunt for easy recipes and those with the shortest ingredient list possible. 

For this simple vegan recipe, I wanted to make sure we had enough greens, protein, and healthy fats. I find some people struggle packing in enough of these throughout the day. This recipe will make it super easy, stress-free, and achievable. 

Sauteed Kale with Avocado and Chickpeas ingredients

We have three main elements in this recipe. First, we have kale! A great leafy green option, super loaded with nutrients and health benefits. It's really rich in Vitamin A, C, and K, folate, omega 3, minerals, etc. 

Kale has a strong earthy taste. To balance it out we are going to sauté it in olive oil and we are adding soy sauce. Soy sauce has a strong taste as well. Its umami salty taste will balance out more bitter taste scares away some people. 

We also have chickpeas in here, which, are a great source of plant-based protein. And a single serving will load you up with vitamins, minerals, and fibre. These legumes will make this dish a lot more fulfilling as well! 

Chickpeas on their own can be pretty meh. Since we don't do meh here, we are roasting them and adding some flavour. So, I heated a little bit of olive oil on a pan; not so much to make them oily, just enough to avoid burning them. I added smoked paprika, turmeric, and sea salt. 

roasted chickpeas

We need to roast the chickpeas for about 5 minutes to really get all the seasonings to do their thing. However, make sure you mix them well while you cook them so all the little garbanzos get enough spices. 

Last but certainly not least, we have my favourite, avocado. Since avocado is so delicious on its own, I didn't really add anything to it. I simply put some slices in the bowl to let it do its magic. 

Avocado is an incredible source of what we call healthy fats. And these fats can help with weight loss and may reduce risk factors for heart disease. They can also help reduce cancer risk, inflammation, and insulin resistance. 

Serve the kale and chickpeas alongside the avocado slices, and there you have it! Who said we can't have simple vegan recipes that are delicious and incredible healthy?

Sauteed Kale with Avocado and Chickpeas top down

Ingredients
4
Prep time
5 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 2
Allergens: Avocado, Soy

Ingredients

For the veggies

  • 1 avocado (sliced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 680 g kale (chopped)
  • 2 tsps light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp olive oil

For the chickpeas

  • 228 g chickpeas (rinsed)
  • 1 tsp dried smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 dashes sea salt (optional)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder

Directions

  1. To prepare the kale heat up the oil in a large frying pan or wok, and sautee the garlic for about 30 seconds to one minute.
  2. Add the kale and stir fry it for about 5 minutes, then add the soy sauce and 2-4 TBS of water so the kale can cook, which takes about 5 minutes.
  3. Use a frying pan to make the chickpeas, add the oil and chickpeas and stir fry for about 5 minutes, add the spices, mix well and turn off the heat.
  4. Serve kale and chickpeas alongside the avocado, adjust taste, enjoy!

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