This recipe is my new obsession! I have been really into chickpeas lately, throwing them in my salads and stir-frys for an easy protein portion, but this dish takes chickpeas to a whole new level. I got the idea of Thai chickpeas from one of my favorite blogs For the Love of Kale. The author Heather is always cooking up delicious vegan meals and shares her passion for health and fitness. Thanks for the Thai chickpea inspiration, Heather! xo


Thai Chickpeas Over Steamed Kale
Serves 1

2 cups kale + 1 cup water
1/2 cup chickpeas
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1 Tbsp unsalted peanut butter
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce or tamari

Cook brown rice to package instructions (frozen brown rice is a great shortcut to dry rice). Heat 1 cup of water in a pan over medium high heat. Place kale in the pan and cover for 5 minutes. Stir kale and cover for 5 more minutes. Strain water once kale has been steamed. In a small bowl combine peanut butter, apple cider vinegar, and soy sauce, and whisk until evenly mixed (if the peanut butter is stubborn, microwave the entire mixture for 20 seconds to help soften). If using canned chickpeas, transfer chickpeas and liquid to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 2 minutes. Rinse and strain chickpeas and coat with the peanut sauce. Place steamed kale onto a plate, followed by brown rice and thai chickpeas.


The Rabbit Food Pyramid Breakdown
Produce:Β kale
Whole Grain:Β brown rice
Protein:Β chickpeas
Plant Based Fat: peanut butter

43 Comments on Thai Chickpeas Over Steamed Kale

  1. Emily
    August 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm (6 years ago)

    This looks amazing!
    I have a ridiculous obsession with kale (like Heather!) and am always inspired by her recipes. I’m so glad that I discovered your blog. I can’t wait to try out some of your creations!

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    • Catherine
      August 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm (6 years ago)

      Hahaha me too! Kale is sooo good! I am so happy that you found my blog! xo

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  2. Niki
    August 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh awesome! I have all of these ingredients. Thanks so much!!

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    • Catherine
      August 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm (6 years ago)

      Yayyy! That’s always exciting haha xo

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  3. lizzy
    August 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks for giving me an idea of what to have for dinner, I can’t wait to try it

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    • Catherine
      August 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm (6 years ago)

      So excited for you to try it, Lizzy! xo

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  4. April
    August 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi! I am a new fan of your blog. A friend pointed it out to me about a week ago while I was lamenting to her about my struggles with weight loss post-baby and post-thyroidectomy. Your food pyramid makes so much sense, and the easy recipes are extremely helpful. I’ve only been on the “diet” for a few days now, but I am aiming to lose 50lbs. Love your blog!

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    • Catherine
      August 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm (6 years ago)

      Hello and welcome, April! I am so happy that you found my blog πŸ™‚ xo

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  5. Katelyn
    August 1, 2012 at 6:15 pm (6 years ago)

    HOLY MOLY YUM.

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  6. Anne Marie
    August 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm (6 years ago)

    This sounds great! I bet it would be good with tahini instead of PB too.

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    • Catherine
      August 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm (6 years ago)

      Great idea, I love Tahini!

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  7. ashlie
    August 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm (6 years ago)

    this looks so good! i’m definitely making this for dinner this week!

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    • Catherine
      August 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm (6 years ago)

      Let me know how it turns out! xo

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  8. Tessa @ Girl with a Teacup
    August 2, 2012 at 4:40 am (6 years ago)

    This looks like the ideal mid-week dinner. So quick and easy (especially after a long, hard day at work). Am definitely going to try this soon! Thanks for sharing:)

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    • Catherine
      August 2, 2012 at 11:29 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks Tessa! I can’t wait for you to try! xo

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  9. Christine
    August 2, 2012 at 8:49 am (6 years ago)

    I have been afraid to try kale because I remember it being bitter and not delicious when my mom served it back small-kid time. This recipe looks great, though, so I’m going to purchase some kale this weekend and give it a try. Thanks for another inspiring post!

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    • Catherine
      August 2, 2012 at 11:28 am (6 years ago)

      I’m happy you’re going to try kale again Christine! If you don’t love it steamed, you should definitely try making Kale Chips! They taste completely different than raw or steamed kale!

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  10. Kynley W.
    August 2, 2012 at 9:16 am (6 years ago)

    I really must say that this looks delicious. I have been frequenting your site almost daily for several weeks now and just want to express how inspiring your blog is for me!

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    • Catherine
      August 2, 2012 at 11:27 am (6 years ago)

      Thank you so much Kynley! xo

      Reply
  11. Jess and Less
    August 2, 2012 at 10:06 am (6 years ago)

    Chickpeas are delicious! Love your blog! We are Jess and Less, two athletes who have just started a food and fitness blog. Last night, Less made roasted chickpeas. It is definitely a recipe to check out! They are a great addition to any salad/dish. You would probably like them πŸ™‚

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    • Catherine
      August 2, 2012 at 11:26 am (6 years ago)

      Ohhh my goodness that looks amazing! Thanks for sharing! xo

      Reply
  12. Amy
    August 2, 2012 at 10:22 am (6 years ago)

    This was so easy and delicious! I didn’t have kale so I just made the chickpeas and rice…YUM! Adding Siracha made it over the top!

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    • Catherine
      August 2, 2012 at 11:25 am (6 years ago)

      Soo good, I love Siracha!

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    • Catherine
      August 2, 2012 at 11:59 am (6 years ago)

      Haha definitely meant to be Jillian! xo

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  13. Elena
    August 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm (6 years ago)

    i cannot believe how delicious this was. It’s redonkulous. I made with almond butter since I can’t have peanut butter. I’d also never tried steamed kale before. My world has been rocked. I want it for breakfast lunch and dinner.

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    • Catherine
      August 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm (6 years ago)

      Oh my gosh that makes me so happy! So glad you loved it! xo

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  14. Audrey
    August 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm (6 years ago)

    I tried this tonight! I thought it was delicious and it was also husband approved πŸ™‚

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    • Catherine
      August 2, 2012 at 7:28 pm (6 years ago)

      Omg that is amazing! Husband approved is a big deal!!! haha xo

      Reply
  15. Stephanie Lefebvre
    August 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm (6 years ago)

    Just had this for dinner and it was amazing. Have been vegetarian for 8 years and have never had this before. So simple! Of course had to add to hot sauce!

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  16. Cindy
    August 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm (6 years ago)

    As soon as I saw this I knewI had to have it! I had left over jasmine rice, but sadly no kale. With a bit of impervision I served the yummy chick peas over jasmine rice on a bed of chopped green leaf lettuce and it was SO. VERY. YUMMY. My 6 year son was also a big fan…hubby is out of town, so none for him…ha!

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    • Catherine
      August 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm (6 years ago)

      That makes me so happy! Kid approved! WOO!!! xo

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  17. Chelsea
    March 4, 2013 at 7:47 pm (5 years ago)

    OH NO. I could only find 1 can of chickpeas today… and i was GOING to make a batch of cookie dough dip with chocolate chips but now i think i need them for this!!!! auuughhh!!! haha. i severely love this blog, thank you so much, such an inspiration. between you and chocolate covered katie all of my food dreams are coming true.

    love forever,
    chelsea
    xoxoxo

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    • Catherine
      March 5, 2013 at 12:59 am (5 years ago)

      You are too cute πŸ™‚ Enjoy the chickpea recipes! xo

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  18. Madie
    April 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh my gosh! this meal has become my new obsession. I make this all the time. It’s so easy and delicious πŸ™‚ In love <3

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  19. Nicole Clark
    May 16, 2013 at 4:34 am (5 years ago)

    I made a variation of this last night, using red quinoa as a substitute for the brown rice, and almond butter as a substitute for the peanut butter. Delicious and very filling!

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  20. Meghan
    November 26, 2013 at 4:13 pm (5 years ago)

    I just made this for dinner tonight, and ZOMG so amazing! I took the easy way out and just ate the kale raw and nuked the chick peas and sauce together. I substituted quinoa for the rice to fit with my fitness plan. It’s so great! I’m so glad I made a big batch of it!

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  21. Maria
    January 7, 2014 at 8:10 pm (5 years ago)

    Ok. I was totally skeptical of this recipe. Peanut butter/tamari/ACV? That just sounded gross. Lol no offense πŸ˜‰ but dang was I WRONG!!! This was ridiculously GOOD! And healthy. Not to mention filling. I was so stuffed I couldn’t even finish! Thank you for this πŸ˜€ you rock!!!

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    • Catherine
      January 8, 2014 at 1:20 am (5 years ago)

      Hahaha!!! This is the best comment ever! Since I started my healthier lifestyle my taste buds have definitely changed and I’ve discovered so many cool healthy ingredients and flavor combinations! I’m glad you loved it πŸ™‚

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  22. Arron
    April 30, 2015 at 9:39 am (3 years ago)

    I made this without the rice and put fish sauce garlic and fresh ginger and almond milk and simmered the kale and chickpeas it is soooo yummy!

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  23. Brittany
    September 29, 2015 at 7:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Loved this! I added some tempeh I need to use up and also I steamed the kale in a little beer. ?

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    • Catherine
      October 4, 2015 at 4:24 pm (3 years ago)

      Yummmmmm, I love tempeh! I will definitely have to try that. Glad you loved the recipe! xo

      Reply

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