Thursday, October 3, 2013

Cabbage, Kale, Couscous, and Red Bean Bowl

There's all kinds of goodness in this bowl. This was really an attempt to eat everything in my refrigerator. So I put kale, Swiss chard, purple cabbage, beans, and couscous together with a spicy sauce and avocado on top. Talk about healthy! Red cabbage is very good for your digestive tract, especially when steamed. Kale is loaded with vitamin K and calcium. Swiss chard has high levels of vitamin K, A, and C.

For my grain, I used the Trader Joe's Harvest Grains blend of Israeli couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans, and red quinoa.  I also used Better Bean's Rethought Red Beans -- a great source of fiber.

For the sauce, I used The Ginger People Hot Ginger Jalapeno dip, which has a nice thickness to it and a spicy kick. You can use any sauce you want with this dish. I just discovered The Ginger People and have found their sauces to be really good.

Cabbage, Kale, Couscous, and Red Bean Bowl
Serves 6-8

  • 1 1/4 cup dried grains (I used Trader Joe's Harvest Grains blend)
  • 1 package Better Beans Rethought Red Beans (or other red beans)
  • 1/2 red cabbage, sliced in thin pieces
  • 1 bunch kale, sliced in thin strips
  • 1 bunch Swiss Chard, sliced into thin strips
  • The Ginger People Hot Ginger Jalapeno (or any other sauce)
  • 1 avocado, sliced
Cook the grains according to the instructions on the package or use the 2:1 ratio of 2 cups of water to 1 cup of grains.

Heat the beans in a saucepan on low heat.

Heat a large pot with water over high heat with a colander insert or steamer insert inside. Once it begins steaming, add cabbage, and cover.  Steam for about 4 minutes, until tender, but not overcooked. Remove from pot. Steam half of the kale and Swiss Chard together, covered, for about 3 minutes. Repeat for the other half.

Put grains, beans, greens, and cabbage in bowl. Top with sauce and avocado and enjoy.


  1. I'm very excited to try out your recipes! I've been searching long and hard for some veggie alternatives to bring to my work for lunch! These look nutrious and delicious! :)

  2. Wonderful! Let me know if it works out for you!