Recipe for Health: Mediterranean Bean, Quinoa and Kale Stew
OH-K! Try this hearty vitamin K–rich stew.
It appears that eating vitamin K–rich foods like kale and other leafy greens more often is a recipe for longevity. A multiethnic study out of Tufts University found that older adults (ages 54–76) with low vitamin K levels were more likely to die within 13 years compared with those whose vitamin K levels were adequate. Why? Vitamin K is an essential nutrient that is important for several bodily functions, including maintaining healthy blood vessels. So even if you are part of the younger generation, it’s a good idea to get in the habit of eating for lasting health. Why not start with a bowl of this hearty vitamin K–rich stew!
1 T canola oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
1/2 t salt
8 oz chopped crimini
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 T tomato paste
2 t dried thyme
1/2 t red chili flakes
1/4 t black pepper
1 C white wine
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
4 C vegetable broth
1/2 C quinoa
1 (14 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
5 cups torn kale leaves
2 T red wine vinegar
1 C parsley
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and salt; heat 6 minutes or until onion is soft and darkened. Add mushrooms, celery, carrot and garlic to pan; heat 3 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, dried thyme, chili flakes and black pepper; heat 30 seconds. Place wine in pan, raise heat to medium-high and simmer for 2 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes and quinoa to pan. Return to a boil, lower heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until quinoa is tender. Stir in beans, kale and red vinegar; heat 1 minute. Ladle stew into serving bowls and serve garnished with parsley.
Also called white kidney beans, cannellinis contain a wealth of B vitamins, as well as iron, potassium, zinc and other essential minerals.
Gluten-free (and delicious) quinoa is an excellent protein source that contains all 9 essential amino acids plus iron, zinc, potassium, calcium and vitamin E.
With just 8 calories in a cup, kale packs a nutritional punch with iron, calcium, vitamins C, K and A, and antioxidants, too.
Even the ancient Greeks appreciated parsley’s value; winners at sports received a crown of parsley! It’s also a great source for vitamins K, C and A.
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