Stick-to-your-ribs dinner

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This is one of my go-to back-pocket wintertime dinners. So quick and easy, so delicious, and it’s even good for you! I’m posting it as part of my very slow-going project to create an online collection of my favorite recipes for my kids to have access to in case they ever have a hankerin’ for Mom’s cooking. (Vegetarians and vegans can just leave out the meat and up the beans for an additional protein boost.)

2 T. olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
4-6 big cloves of garlic, minced or crushed
2-4 kielbasa sausages, cut in quarters lengthwise and then sliced
1 bunch of kale, chopped into bite-size bits (include the stems, they’re good too!)
2 cans of black beans (don’t need to drain)
1 can of diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper

Heat the oil in a big, heavy-bottomed pot. Sauté the onion and garlic until soft.

Add the sausage and kale, keep stirring until the kale wilts a bit.

Add in the beans, tomatoes, salt, and pepper, and stir until combined. Add a little water if it seems too dry, and let it simmer a bit to let everyone get comfy with each other, maybe 10 minutes or so. You can also add a cup or two of broth to make it more soupy if you like.

If you don’t have tomatoes on hand, you can add a shot of balsamic vinegar to get the touch of acid. It’s a pretty forgiving recipe, just use what you have and it will be great!

Everytime I eat this, I feel like a swarthy Eastern European peasant who just finished clearing rocks out of the field. Hope you enjoy it, too!

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