-2 tablespoons coconut oil
-1 cup chopped onion
-1 cup chopped carrot
-3 cloves garlic, minced
-2 tbsp chopped fresh herbs (I used dill but feel free to use a variety)
-1 bay leaf
-8 cups chopped organic kale (1 small-to-medium bunch)- be sure to remove the thick inner rib
-2 tbsp whole-wheat flour (preferably an organic variety)
-3 cups vegetable or chicken broth (homemade tastes best, but use what you have)
-1 15-ounce can white beans, rinsed (be sure to use a brand whose lining is BPA-free)
-sea salt and pepper to taste (start with 1/2 tsp of each and go from there)
-1 cup whole-wheat flour
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon aluminum-free baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon sea salt
-1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
-3 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces (as with all dairy, it's best to use organic)
-3 tablespoons minced fresh chives
-1/2 cup almond milk
-olive oil for brushing
-preheat oven to 350. Lightly coat a 9x13" baking dish with coconut oil
-heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the carrots and onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft (about 5 minutes). Add garlic, bay leaf and herbs. Stir well and let everything hang out for a few minutes to allow the garlic to cook and the herbs to permeate the other vegetables
-add in the kale and let it cook until bright green. Sprinkle the flour over top and stir to incorporate. Let the flour cook out for a couple minutes
-pour in broth, increase the heat to high and bring it to a boil. Turn the heat down and simmer until thick, about 5 minutes. Stir in the beans and salt and pepper. Let the ingredients get acquainted for a few minutes. Remove the bay leaf before transferring into your prepared baking dish.
-next you'll need to get the biscuits going. Whisk all the dry ingredients together. Using a pastry cutter, or your fingers, cut or rub the butter into the dry ingredients. Don't overwork it though, especially if using your hands. Stir in the chives. Add the almond milk and stir (best to use your hands in this situation) until everything is well combined. If using a whole-wheat flour the dough will be particularly sticky. Don't panic, the biscuits will still be delicious.
-using a teaspoon, drop the dough all over the stew. This is a small biscuit recipe, there is enough to get a good amount all over. However, if you are wanting more, you can make a double recipe to evenly cover things. Keep in mind, this stew is super hearty and you won't miss the extra grain if you don't have it.
-lightly brush the biscuits with a bit of olive oil and place the casserole in the oven.
-bake the whole things until the biscuits are lightly brown and the filling is bubbling all over, about 30 minutes.
hearty white bean & kale stew
As the weather cools down, it's crucial to find those perfectly warm and delicious recipes to get you through those cool temps. If you're looking for a hearty dish for a chilly night, this stew is it. There's something so comforting about a stew that is loaded with vegetables in a thick gravy and topped with homemade biscuits. The best part about this stew is that it is full of great ingredients that will nourish your body. If you can, do your best to use homemade stock for the gravy/sauce. Homemade bone broth is FULL of vitamins and minerals that are so incredibly nourishing. Store bought versions often contain colourings, flavourings and are processed in such a way that kills a lot of the good stuff. Not to mention homemade stock tastes 100% better than store bought. The white beans are a perfect, easy to digest protein that will keep you feeling full, but not weighed down. I'm also a big fan of any dish that includes an entire bunch of kale. Basically this dish can do no wrong and once you try it, you'll see why.
This is one of my favourite recipes and I'm so excited to share it with you! Do I say that too often? Doesn't matter, I guess I feel that way about a lot of my recipes. As soon as you experience the smells that fill your house while this is cooking, you'll understand what I'm talking about.