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Kale Eggplant Stew #Foodie Friday

Kale Eggplant Stew
Kale Eggplant Stew 

Memorial Day and the beginning of summer are here. Now you did so well slimming down for bathing suit time remember to balance eating burgers and potato salad with some lighter healthier food like kale or spinach which are both still in season. I found some Lacinato Kale for this dish... wonderful, if you see it pick it up. It's a lighter more tender kale... closer to spinach, very flavorful. 

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Kale Eggplant Stew
by Diane Balch

preparation time 20 minutes            cook time 15 minutes


2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
2 large potatoes chopped
2 small white eggplants peeled and chopped
8 ounces of Baby Bella Mushrooms stems removed chopped
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 bunch of Lacinato Kale or Baby Spinach chopped
1 can Black Eyed Peas with liquid
1/4 cup of white wine
salt and pepper to taste


1) On medium high, heat the oil in a large skillet. Sauté vegetable: eggplant, mushrooms, garlic and then kale. Sauté until the vegetables wilt.

2) Add the potatoes with the wine and liquid from the beans cover, lower heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender; approximately 10 minutes.

3) Add in the beans and warm them through. Taste for salt and pepper. Serve with crusty bread.
 kalelacinato kale,eggplantblack eyed beansvegetable stew,vegetarian recipe 

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  1. thanks for hosting the party! have a great night!

  2. Hi Diane,
    Your Kale Eggplant Stew looks delicious, I love the addition of the Black Eyed Peas. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for hosting.
    Miz Helen

  3. Thanks for hosting, Diane. Have a happy Memorial Day weekend.

  4. Thanks for hosting Diane! Hope you're having a great week!

  5. Thanks for hosting, Diane!! Have a happy holiday weekend!!

  6. I still haven't tried kale! It looks delicious.

  7. What a great stew Diane!! I looooooove it, and would like to try it
    Thank you for the party and have a wonderful long weekend

  8. Happy Memorial Day to you. You're right. We do need to eat healthy to stay in shape for summer and your stew looks like just the answer. Thanks for hosting each week.

  9. Thanks for hosting Diane and I hope you have a great long weekend!

  10. Thanks for hosting Diane. Enjoy the holiday weekend!
    My best,

  11. Healthy combo and looks so yum! Thanks for hosting...

  12. This dish sounds delicious! I am always looking for Meatless Monday dishes! PERFECT!

  13. Diane,
    Thanks for hosting another Foodie Friday.

  14. Glad to be back for the link up, Diane! Enjoying the yummy-looking dishes!

  15. I have not tried Lacinato Kale, I'll have to look for it. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

    1. Not only is it a beautiful looking kale it has a much nicer texture than regular kale.


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