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Slow-cooker: Chickpea and Kale Stew


Several sources of inspiration and circumstances created this this dish this week…. but  most of all, I was inspired by the bunch of kale I bought last week still sitting in my crisper.

You could say, if you believed in such things, that a higher power was telling me to eat my kale. First was this article that popped on my Facebook page.

Then there was this blog…. I could totally relate, so could the kale buried deep in my fridge at the time.

You really don’t have to tell me to eat more kale. I already know I should eat more kale. I buy kale every chance I get. I just don’t always get around to eating it.

And of course there is a small matter of a nasty cold we are fighting this week.  We (and when I say we, I mean the whole family – me, my husband, and the kids) have been, quite literally, a nasty bunch of beings. I’d stay away if I were you.

Needless to say I was looking for something comforting and warm to heal us and clear our heads.  I think it should also go without saying … I did not feel like cooking.

I turned to this slow cooker recipe which has been hanging out on my “to-try” list for a while.  You see – I love my slow-cooker, but I don’t pull it out and use it all that often.  Slow-cooker meals, crock-pot meals, whatever you want to call them – are never fancy. But they are satisfying in a rustic, and utilitarian kind of way. I was saving this recipe for a time when I needed it. I time, like this one, when I could not bear the thought of doing anything more than plugging in a couple of appliances.

I made the stew with some very minor modifications and I added a full bunch of kale – about 2 tightly packed cups thinly sliced – in the last 20 minutes of the cook time.  Served with brown rice from the rice cooker.

Perfect. Just what the doctor ordered

chickpea and kale stew

Slow-cooker Chickpea and Kale Stew


  • 1  tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon, each: curry powder, cumin, coriander and turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt, or to taste
  • 3 cups chickpeas, cooked or canned.
  • 14 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bunch thinly sliced kale, about 2 cups


In a medium frying pan, heat oil over medium heat and sauté onions, garlic and ginger. 2-3 minutes until fragrant and beginning to soften.  Add spices – curry powder through salt and cook another 2-3 minutes. Careful not to burn, reducing heat if needed. Add this mixture plus everything else to the slow-cooker. Turn it on high. Clean up your mess and go have a nap.

Cook on high for 3 hours, reduce heat to low and add kale and cook, covered for 15-20 minutes.

Dish could also be cooked on low for 6-8 hours, if your schedule needed it.


  1. I know that I would love this stew! I’ve been getting into Kale lately too – especially with winter squash recipes and sweet potatoes. Yum! I’m not sure I could get my little one to eat this, but there’s a chance. Both of my kids do love chickpeas. :)

  2. Now you’re inspiring me right back! I just got this nifty pressure cooker/slow cooker/rice cooker for my birthday, and I keep looking for any excuse to play with it… I think you stew is just the thing to pile in next. :)

    • Sounds like my kind of gadget! Love to hear a review of how it works for you.

  3. I’ll have to try this combo soon, I’ve never had chickpeas and kale together!

  4. Isn’t it interesting how things line up to influence what we think, do and dream of? And yes, our bodies know what we need and let us know and ways science probably cannot explain, like making kale articles and recipes catch your eye when you least expect it, repeatedly, until you “get the message.” Love the new look of your Blog too. Very, very clean and crisp.

    • The way things come together sometimes – it just awazes me.

      Thanks for noticing 😉

  5. I love my slower cooker and this looks like a great way to use it! I always try to make kale chips but love the idea of adding it to a stew. Thanks!

  6. I use my slowcooker ALOT LOL…I’m bad! I can’t wait to try this one! Thanks for visiting my site!!

    • Using your slow cooker is not a bad thing in my book!



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