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Warm and Spicy Kale with Shiitake Mushrooms

Mmm... warm and spicy kale with shiitake mushrooms. It tastes like a warm blanket on a cool autumn evening. Even better, one-pot meals make weeknights a lot easier. One-pot meals are typically fast to throw together, and only require cleaning of one one pot. This complete meal - with ample veggies, plant-protein, and healthy fats - is filling and satisfying on a chilly fall night.

Benefits of Kale, Shiitake Mushrooms, and More!

Turmeric: A bright yellow spice noted for its anti-inflammatory properties. Shiitake Mushrooms: Excellent promoter of cardiovascular and immune health, they are also a great source of iron and B vitamins. Kale: One of the most nutrient dense and anti-oxidant rich foods available, this cruciferous vegetable supports our body’s naturally detox processes.

Warm and Spicy Kale with Shiitake Mushrooms

1 tbs. coconut oil 1/2 of a red onion (about 2 oz.), diced 2 cloves of garlic, chopped 1 tsp. turmeric 1 tsp. cumin 1/4 tsp. cayenne 1/2 inch piece of ginger, grated or minced 1 organic yellow or orange bell pepper, diced 10 shiitake mushroom caps, sliced thinly 1 1/4 cup cooked chickpeas 1 bunch organic curly kale, stems removed and sliced into 1 cm ribbons Salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Heat enough oil to cover the bottom of a pan over medium low heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 1 minute before adding the spices. Let cook an additional minute before adding ginger, bell pepper, shiitake mushrooms, and chickpeas. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, or until the mushrooms get glossy and the peppers start to get soft.
  3. Add in the kale and cover, for 1 minute. It will start to shrink and turn bright green. You may have to add in batches, as it starts off with a lot of volume, but quickly shrinks down. Stir the kale, and cover an additional 2 minutes or so, until all of it is uniformly bright green and soft. Remove from heat, add salt and pepper to taste.
For a great side dish, try this tasty Turmeric Cauliflower recipe.

unnamed About the Author: Maria Marlowe is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who has helped thousands of people improve their health by optimizing their diet. She has created meal plans and programs to help you lose weight, clear up acne, and spend less time in the kitchen yet still eat healthy. She has been featured in Vogue,The New York Times,NBC,Well + Good, and more. Her first book,The Real Food Grocery Guide, will teach you how to eat healthy without going broke. Check out her site,, or follow her onInstagram @MariaMarlowe andFacebook for more healthy recipes.