White Bean and Sausage Ragout with Tomatoes, Kale, and Zucchini

  • Lolly49 Posted: 10/19/09
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    Definitely will make again, husband asked me to save the recipe. Sodium count is pretty high so I used salt-free fire roasted tomatoes which might have added flavor, and I also used reduced sodium chicken broth instead of water. I liked the kale, I never tried it before but it held up much better than spinach would have and the texture was good. I did not eat the full serving size because it was too many WWPoints but one cup was pretty filling, when I have leftovers for lunch I will add a little cooked brown rice. Served it with cornbread.

  • Buklbny Posted: 01/11/11
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    We LOVED this! I used broth instead of the water, fire-roasted diced tomoatoes instead of regular, and added some fennel seed and chile flakes to give it a little more zip. I also used a sweet italian chicken sausage with red and green peppers in it. I used all four sausages, rather than just two (my husband is a total carnivore). I agree with the other reviewers - this makes great leftovers as well!

  • nicoleevon Posted: 12/16/10
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    Didn't give it 4 stars because it's really too simple for a special occasion, but this is a great weeknight dinner on a cold night. My husband put it together while I was on my way home from work. He added a little spinach in addition to the kale just because we had it & also some hot pepper flakes because he likes everything spicy. We ate it with some crusty bread and red wine...definitely adding this to the winter dinner rotation.

  • JenniferNicolau Posted: 02/17/09
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    This is a great, winter weeknight meal that comes together very quickly! I made a few modifictions based on my tastes & comments of other reviewers: I used hot Italian turkey sausage (its what I had on hand) instead of the chicken sausage, sliced mushrooms in place of zucchini, 1.5 cups low salt chicken stock in lieu of the water, 2-cans fire roasted diced tomatoes and added whole wheat elbow macaroni. To my surprise my husband LOVED this and didn't even comment/notice that I used whole wheat pasta (which he HATES). Grate some fresh parmesan on top and serve with crusty multi grain bread and you have a winner!

  • nyfoodie Posted: 02/04/09
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    This was incredibly easy and pretty inexpesive. I had about 3/4 can of chicken broth leftover from night before so I added that instead of water as others have suggested. I also uncased the 3 hot turkey sausage links I had in freezer and broke up the pieces in a dutch oven while sweating the onions. I think a skillet would have been WAY to small to use for this. Next time I might try adding a lot more broth and maybe some pastini for more of a soup. Very solid recipe as is and has lots of room for improvisation, too. Good flavors and texture. Plus, I love how much nutrition you get for minimal calories. (Does anyone else wish 4 stars didn't equal Worthy of a special occasion? This is above avg but would I serve it to company on a special occasion? No no no.)

  • MichMondello Posted: 01/28/09
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    This was tasty. I added extra garlic and some Italian seasonings. My husband thought it needed more sausage.

  • MplsErin Posted: 01/14/09
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    WOW! Didn't expect this to be SO tasty! My family of 3 really enjoyed this. Was hoping for leftovers... to my dismay it was GONE. According to other reviews suggestions added can chicken stock (wasn't planning on it, but thankfully had on hand) and dipped 9-grain rolls. Was very good. Not only will make again, but passing this recipe on

  • Tpinch177 Posted: 01/19/11
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    This is one of my favorite soups. I make it all the time, and it is always a hit. I add extra chicken broth instead of water, and I typically leave out the zucchini and opt for extra kale. I also you spicy italian turkey sausage, which gives it nice flavor and a kick.

  • principalcookin Posted: 01/13/09
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    Yummy to the tummy and beautiful to the eye! This recipe is a Keeper. My husband doesn't eat spinach, but loved the Kale. I substituted chicken broth for the water and tripled the amount (1 1/2 cups) The sauce is great for dipping crusty bread. Grated Parmasan Cheese topped it off perfectly

  • Janetti Posted: 10/08/09
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    My husband and I absolutely love this dish - I am in danger of making it too often because it is so easy and soooo good. Have to like kale which we do! I use the turkey kielbasa instead of chicken sausage but everything else is the same.

  • EllenDeller Posted: 04/01/09
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    One of my all-time favorite recipes. I add some fresh or dried rosemary, use a turkey kielbasa (12 oz.), and substitute 1/4 white wine and 1/4 chicken broth for the water. Otherwise, I follow the directions. We like lots of pepper, so I probably triple that. Serve with a crisp salad and good bread. Really wonderful dish.

  • njski0906 Posted: 01/13/09
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    This was a great meal. I added a little chicken stock and some mushrooms and everyone loved it. It even gets better the next day. Definately a make again recipe and this one is going in the favorites folder.

  • hlazarette Posted: 05/03/09
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    Wonderful! Very healthful, yet anyone will eat it because of the sausage. Serve with bread or cornbread.

  • JWiggy Posted: 01/14/09
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    I loved this recipe. I doubled it because I'm serving 8. I made quite a few substitutions due to a late grocery delivery. I used frozen chopped spinach instead of kale, and 3 roma tomatoes instead of canned. I also seasoned with my favorite Italian herbs (oregano, thyme, and basil) and salt and pepper to taste. The groceries finally came JUST as I was finishing up. Since I loved the tomatoes so much in the soup, I added a can of diced tomatoes. I also drained the beans and used vegitable broth instead of water, and enough to make it a little soupy. Oh, and my chicken sausage was already cooked, so I just sauted until the onion was tender. It is perfect for a cold winter night! Great one dish-recipe and quick, too. Probably helped that I cut up the onion, sausage, and squash the night before.

  • NutsinNormal Posted: 04/15/09
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    I don't know if this was worthy of a special occasion. but it sure hit the spot on a chilly April evening! I had to tweek the recipe somewhat to accommodate what I had on hand... turnip greens substituted for kale, turkey kielbasa... you get the drift. I also had to used up a can of Italian seasoned tomatoes, bought by mistake, and they seemed to do fine. Made great leftovers on night two!

  • ecip729 Posted: 01/03/11
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    This is a "keeper" and so comforting. I didn't have zuccini and used broth in place of the water. My husband and I LOVED it......and it's even better the next day!

  • MegJohnson Posted: 12/08/10
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    Even my kids love this! We sprinkle with Parmesan cheese -- really great comfort food that is healthy, too!

  • JeffTracy86 Posted: 04/05/10
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    Loved it!!!! Will make this again and again.

  • tracydoran Posted: 01/24/11
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    I made this for lunch on one of the coldest Sunday's we have had in a long time. I subsituted with Italian Sausage, added 2 carrots sliced, used broth instead of water but a little more. My husband came in from shoveling and this was perfect. I served it with a drizzle of olive oil, crusty bread, and a few shavings of parmesan. Absolutely wonderful!

  • icouldeat Posted: 11/16/10
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    We used the end of the season harvest with this soup. My hubby and teen boys LOVED it! We served with cornbread and it was a hearty meal.

  • rwiley Posted: 12/13/10
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    This is such a delicious and filling chunky stew!! Like several others, I substituted chicken broth for the water (and also added a full cup vs. a half cup), as well as mild Italian sausage (make sure you brown almost all the way through before trying to slice). I also added about a cup or two of sliced white mushrooms (added at same time as kale). This was so good, my husband - who was leery of this at first - LOVED it!! He even asked if he could finish off the leftovers the next day, which he has never done before! I will definitely be making this again!

  • Chameleon16 Posted: 12/13/10
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    My fiance and I thought this was okay, but we were not as enthusastic about this dish as most of the other reviewers.

  • kabrobinson Posted: 12/10/10
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    this was great - lots of flavor! and quick.

  • AngieBruce Posted: 12/09/10
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    This is an awesome recipe. I love that it's full of flavor as well as full of ingredients that help keep my family healthy...particularly during the winter months. The only thing I changed was I swapped out the water for white wine. I served it with a loaf of crusty French bread alongside, and it absolutely hit the spot and warmed us up on a cold night. We'll be having this one again.

  • Slowfoodie Posted: 09/17/11
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    This is a really delicious, quick and hearty meal-in-a-pot, and my whole family loves it (kids are 13, 10, and 18 months). It has become a go-to recipe for fall/winter weeknights. We change it up by using differently flavoured, specialty sausages. A great way to get them eating kale.

  • chefrn Posted: 10/02/11
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    This is soooooo good! It is stick to your ribs filling but healthy. To make it even better, it is so simple and quick. Great for a weeknight or a Friday night before a football game. You hit a home run with this one C.L.

  • Lethanne Posted: 10/11/11
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    Wow! I'm very impressed with this dish. I'm always hesitant when I read reviews but completely agree with the positive results that this one has received. I used tomatoes that I had canned and added extra spice with a few dashes of hot sauce. Both of which were great additions. Serve with homemade garlic bread and a bottle of wine and you have a winner!

  • kmcphatter Posted: 10/17/11
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    Excellent!

  • Marcy1111 Posted: 10/17/11
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    Awesome and easy! I subbed chicken stock for water also. I also added red pepper flake and fennel seed like a pp suggested. Johnsonville makes a yummy three cheese chicken sausage (sold by the hotdogs) and I topped it with some shredded Parmesan cheese. Oh and I used Mexican seasoned diced tomatoes. Super delicious!

  • julisanderson Posted: 10/17/11
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    So easy and so tasty!! Will make again and again:)

  • lizabelle1217 Posted: 10/18/11
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    This is a GREAT recipe! My boyfriend, mother, and I all enjoyed it. As with other reviewers, we modified it slightly: we used 1 cup water plus 1 cup broth; a whole medium yellow onion; 5 Italian spiced chicken sausage links. In addition to the kale and zucchini, we added Swiss Chard, a small yellow squash, and some mushrooms. A pinch of red pepper flakes, cumin seeds, and fennel seeds added to the deliciousness! We highly recommend this ragout!

  • JaneneRenee Posted: 12/24/11
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    Made this tonight for my husband and 4 year old. Made the recipe exactly, except I added a little bit of red pepper flakes (1/4 tsp or so). Really really good, and extremely fast and easy. This is a recipe I'll likely make again and again - healthy, hearty, easy, and delicious. The only thing I will change next time is to leave out the kale for a bit and let the rest simmer for a while, then add in the kale to cook. The flavor was really good, but it cooked so fast that nothing had a chance to meld together, flavor-wise. I imagine that leftovers tomorrow are going to be better than it tasted hot off the stove!

  • socorro411 Posted: 12/07/11
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    Bland

  • loarahp Posted: 01/02/12
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    Made this last night for dinner - with slight modifications after reading through the ingredients & reviews. Definitely seemed like it would be a bit too bland as is. My husband wanted a smokey flavor, so we chose a traditional Polish smoked sausage. I added 1 tsp of red pepper flakes, 1 tsp paprika & about 2 tsp fresh rosemary. I also used 1 28 oz can of whole peeled tomatoes, torn up, with all of the juice, so it didn't require more than 1/4 cup of water. (Would have used chicken or veggie broth, but didn't have any!) I'm certain I used more than 1/4 tsp of salt, but that's really a personal preference. All in all, it was relatively fast, easy and delicious! Will try it with fennel next time. I also think that I'll try a vegetarian version using seasoned tempeh crumbles. Would go with 4 stars, but worthy of a special occasion seems a bit much to me.

  • cricket2478 Posted: 02/26/12
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    I added red pepper flakes, extra salt, extra diced tomatoes, and sage to this and still found it to be somewhat bland. Maybe using pork sausage would give it more flavor and grated parmesan on top? I doubt I will try it again, though.

  • SuzanneM Posted: 11/05/12
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    Just when I when wondered what I was going to do with all that kale... This was a delicious way to incorporate kale into out diet (and I had a LOT of it). I mostly made the recipe as directed, adding some red pepper flakes as other reviewers suggested, and increasing the salt a bit (I used lower sodium white beans and tomatoes). I ended up adding another can of tomatoes as I had so much kale. Next time, I will add the zucchini last, to keep it from overcooking. It was perfect for a cool autumn evening, easy to make, healthy and delicio

  • MBeeCooks Posted: 04/21/13
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    Very hearty and tasty. I also used chicken broth instead of water, and turkey kielbasa since that was all I could find. I used summer squash since that's what I had and the yellow looked pretty with the tomatoes and kale. I had to add more broth and diced tomatoes to cover everything, but I might have gone overboard on the kale. Seems to make way more than 4 servings but I'm sure it will freeze well. I used a dutch oven rather than a skillet - glad I did as it was quite full when the raw kale went in and it would have overflowed in a skillet.

  • wheresauntcatie Posted: 04/23/13
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    Made with breakfast sausage instead of chicken sausage in order to go cheap. Also, I used dry white beans instead of canned beans (=healthier). All in all, the flavor was a nice, natural blend, and the texture was a smashing variety for the palate. My only recommendation is to use a little less beans than the recipe calls for.

  • slocook1 Posted: 12/27/12
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    I've been making a similar version for a couple of years now, it's fast and easy to put together and has a lot of flavor. I sub regular smoked sausage for the chicken, beef broth for the water and stir in 1 tb of balsamic vinegar just as I turn the fire off. ewcroom; you can subtract the 15.4 grams of fiber from the 71.8 grams of carbs since the fiber isn't digested and absorbed but is counted as a carb.

  • foxhillfiddler Posted: 06/07/12
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    Made right by recipe except used fresh tomatoes rather than canned. Even with no added seasonings it is very good, not at all bland. I will make agin, but next time will cook the kale longer as it was a little tough. Keeper recipe for my family.

  • scootertiki Posted: 04/04/12
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    So good! Very hearty and healthy! Even my kids gobbled it up. Added some shredded park, super tasty!

  • Terrible30 Posted: 01/17/13
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    Made this last night and loved it. Changed up a few things: Low Sodium Chicken broth instead of water and a little more sausage (turkey sausage). LOVED it!!! First time my husband and I ate kale. Might up the zucchini next time, but all in all a VERY tasty dish.

  • jmeleeS Posted: 12/05/12
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    Great weeknight meal! I was astonished at how much I loved this recipe considering I don't really like some of the ingredients (esp. beans), but they are so nutrious, I keep trying to find recipes that I like which include them. This one is definitely a keeper - very quick and when buying in season, it really helps keep your pennies in your pocket. A few changes / hints on ingredients: 1) 1 whole package of Jennie-O hot turkey sausages (crumbled); 2) increased to 2 small zucchinis; 3) only 1 can (rinsed very well) white beans; 4) only 12 leaves of purple kale; 5) used low-sodium Italian diced canned tomatoes 6) added lots more garlic & 7) used low sodium chicken broth in lieu of the water. Prep and steps were followed exactly and the meal took about 30 minutes to make in one skillet. Flavors were excellent & ingredients were all well balanced, and both my husband and I finished our servings with smiles - will make this one again and again in these colder months; enjoy!

  • ebatema2 Posted: 03/02/13
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    Delicious and easy to make! We added some crushed red pepper to spice it up a bit

  • ewcroom83 Posted: 06/25/12
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    Does this meal really have 71 grams of carbs per serving? That seems extremely high based on the ingredients listed.

  • shankanela Posted: 11/22/12
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    This is an excellent one pot main dish. It is too casual to serve at a dinner party, it is a casual dinner dish. I used sweet Italian sausage and doubled the amount, chicken broth instead of water, omitted the zucchini, used spinach in place of kale, added some Italian seasoning. My family loved this dish een my 2 year old grandchildren. I will put this on my Sunday night dinner list rotation.

  • karengrathwohl Posted: 02/10/13
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    Great taste! Added a teaspoon of chicken base, some leftover mushrooms and chard instead of kale. Will absolutely make again!

  • barney22 Posted: 01/05/13
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    Made this last week for the first time and will make it weekly until I get tired of eating it which I don't think will happen for a while! It is de-lish!!

  • GatewayCook Posted: 02/23/13
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    This was very simple and very good. I made it with homemade italian deer sausage, and added ~1tspa of italian seasoning, 1/2t of veggie Better than Bullion and a bit of dried red chili flakes. So fast, easy, and delish!

  • LamDaly Posted: 11/14/12
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    Very tasty. I added more sausage than called for (used pork as that was what I had on hand) and added a cup of chicken broth. First time I had kale and liked it! Just finished the left overs for lunch and would make again.

  • itravel Posted: 01/23/14
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    I love this dish! Very minor adjustment: I used combo of sweet & hot Italian sausage. Instead of water I used white wine. Because I had the Italian sausage I added some chopped kalamata olives and served with some shredded parmesan and pine nuts. Happy happy:-)

  • caseycodymom Posted: 02/05/14
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    This was absolutely delicious. I just cooked it a bit longer and added 1 cup of chicken stock instead of the 1/2 cup of water, but otherwise made it exactly as written. I can't believe that anything so simple....this is truly a one-pot meal...could be so fantastic. I plan to make it when we entertain next week. A must-try recipe.

  • LaurenVan Posted: 10/04/13
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    Easy, tasty supper! I used part of my bunch of kale for risotto last night and the rest (3/4) for this. I threw in some mushrooms and I used smoked turkey sausage, because that's what I had. Will definitely make again.

  • jspicest Posted: 10/08/13
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    What magic is in kale that creates such deliciousness? This was my first time cooking with (and eating) kale. I was skeptical that such a deceptively easy recipe could have such spectacular results. I doubled the sausage (can never have too much sausage) and used chicken broth, as suggested by others. The soup came out hearty and delicious, and leftovers were great. This recipe has sold me on kale!

  • shay74j Posted: 01/06/14
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    Quick, easy, delicious!!

  • robinlopez1 Posted: 01/22/14
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    Love this!! Super easy. Substituted chicken broth for water and used about 2 cups. Served with grilled french bread drizzled with olive oil. Will be making many more times.

  • laebrown Posted: 10/03/13
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    Made it pretty much identical to the recipe, except I swapped half the kale for spinach. Something about this was still kind of bland to me, though a hearty dish overall. I threw in some crushed red pepper flakes and Tapatio into my bowl. I don't know that I would make this again in the future, but it worked for a quick weeknight dinner.

  • TracySmith Posted: 09/23/13
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    Hearty yet light and healthy. Leftovers are even better! Used turkey smoked sausage and added 1/2 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper. This will go into regular winter rotation.

  • Teria730 Posted: 12/27/13
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    I made this today hoping it would be tasty enough for my picky husband. I made the recipe exactly and it's delicious! My husband likes it too. I will make it again and maybe try some of the variations that people have posted.

  • biancad Posted: 07/02/13
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    Quick and easy, added mushroom and quinoa - lovely

  • sherril Posted: 01/12/14
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    Very good - especially for healthy. I don't like kale and husband doesn't like zuc but we both enjoyed this. I didn't have sausage so used ground turkey which was good but even turkey kielbasa, etc. probably gives it more zip. Like other reviewers, I used broth instead of water and increased quantity so it was more like soup than stew. Next time I'll add some additional seasonings for a tad more flavor. Worth repeating this one!

  • dana99usa Posted: 12/19/13
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    great almost vegetarian recipe. i am always looking for new ways to use kale. This one is one of my favorite. Also, I agree with other inteviewers - use chicken broth instead of water and improvise with what you have!

  • Pamela25 Posted: 09/15/13
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    This is my new favorite way to eat kale!!!! only change made was a smoked sausage instead of the chicken and extra kale.......perfect way to have your greens. My husband loved it too.

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