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Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr Photo by: Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

Garbanzo Beans and Greens

Substitute escarole or another hearty green like collards if you don't like kale. Serve with torn baguette bread to soak up all the tasty juices.

Cooking Light JANUARY 2011

  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Total:45 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 center-cut bacon slices
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans organic chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 1/2 cup plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
  • 4 lemon wedges (optional)

Preparation

1. Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan using a slotted spoon, and crumble. Add 1 cup carrot and chopped onion to drippings in pan, and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add paprika, 1/4 teaspoon salt, cumin, and red pepper; cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in chicken broth, 1 cup water, and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Add 4 cups kale to bean mixture. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until kale is tender, stirring occasionally. Ladle about 1 1/4 cups bean mixture into each of 4 bowls, and top each serving with 2 tablespoons yogurt. Sprinkle with bacon, and serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Wine Match: An inexpensive selection, the 2008 Turning Leaf Cabernet Sauvignon (California, $8) has black cherries, oak, and a nice, smooth taste to counterbalance the meaty bacon and beans and earthy greens in this hearty dish. --Gretchen Roberts

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 216
  • Fat: 4.2g
  • Saturated fat: 0.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1g
  • Protein: 15.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 33.7g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 4mg
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Sodium: 595mg
  • Calcium: 197mg
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