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Black Beans with Ham and Kale

This is another recipe high in fiber and very healthy for you. No changes where made from the original so the information below is exactly as you will find on the Whole Food Market site.

Image from Whole Food Market website


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 (1/2-pound) piece cooked ham, cut into small cubes
2 bunches kale (about 1 pound total), stemmed and roughly chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 (15-ounce) cans black beans (no salt added), rinsed and drained, divided
2 cups water
1 teaspoon ancho chili powder, more to taste (optional)
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar


1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add ham and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer ham to a small bowl; set aside.

2. Add kale, salt and pepper to pot and cook, tossing often, until just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl; set aside.

3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in pot then add onions. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up any browned bits, until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, put 1/3 of the beans and all of the water into a blender and purée until smooth; set aside.

5. When onions are golden brown, add whole beans, chili powder, sugar, reserved ham, puréed bean mixture and salt and pepper to pot, stir well and bring to a simmer over medium high heat.

6. Cover pot, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in reserved kale and serve.


Per serving (about 13oz/371g-wt.): 290 calories (80 from fat), 8g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 25mg cholesterol, 510mg sodium, 38g total carbohydrate (12g dietary fiber, 5g sugar), 18g protein


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