January 16, 2014 78

Garlicky Kale with Red Beans + Rice

Convenience foods are so not my thing. I want to know my ingredients. I want to know my food. I want to know where it came from and who grew it. Who loved it. Who cared for it. I want to eat food that’s alive and thriving. I want to nourish my body with high quality, nutrient dense foods that I know I can trust.

This boxed rice from Lundberg Family Farms however, is totally different than the other convenience foods I’m used to. It’s made with brown rice, all natural + organic ingredients and lots of love right here in the U S of A. It’s packed full of flavor, without any nasty preservatives, chemicals, additives or dyes. Honestly it really does make having real food for dinner, super simple + super easy.

I whipped this up in 30 minutes flat. This Garlicky Kale with Red Beans + Rice is super hearty and delicious to serve on it’s own. Or for a fun twist on fajitas, you can serve it with soft corn tortillas, cilantro, lime + avocado slices!




Garlicky Kale with Red Beans + Rice

{serves 4-6}


  •  1 box Lundberg Spanish Rice
  • 2 1/4 cups filtered water
  • 1 1/2 cups red kidney beans
  • 1 bunch of Tuscan or Lacinato kale, ribs removed + shredded {approximately 6 heaping cups}
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups of fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes {optional}
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • fresh cilantro
  • fresh lime wedges
  • avocado slices
  • soft corn tortillas {I prefer organic sprouted corn tortillas}

Make rice as directions on the box describes. Bring 1 3/4 cups water {reserve 1/2 cup water for cooking the kale} with the rice and seasoning packet to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Keep covered for exactly 28 minutes. Remove the cover, stir in the kidney beans and cover again. Let steam for 5 minutes.

While the rice is cooking, you can saute your garlicky kale. Combine your shredded kale, garlic and 1/2 cup water in a large sauteing pan, simmer over medium heat and cover to steam for about 5 minutes. Lift the lid, stir in the tomatoes, salt, red pepper and olive oil. Cook through until everything is evenly heated.

Serve the rice with the garlicky kale on top as a hearty main dish. Or experiment with soft corn tortillas + avocado slices. Enjoy!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lundberg Family Farms in conjunction with Brandfluential. All opinions are my own.

78 Responses to "Garlicky Kale with Red Beans + Rice"

  1. Reply


    January 16, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Real food is inherently processed not at all or very minimally, which allows for maximum nutrient intake and maintenance of a good relationship with the environment.

  2. Reply


    January 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    We want to get the most nutrition out of our food. That’s why we’re moving towards only eating real food.

  3. Reply


    January 16, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Real food means you know exactly what you’re putting in your body. You become more conscious of the choices you make and why they’re better for you and the environment, as well as the people producing them. And when it comes to serving dishes with real ingredients to your family, you know you’re giving everyone the nutrients they need to grow. Plus, real food just tastes better!

  4. Reply

    Lauren S.

    January 16, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Real food, for me, is the only way to maintain my health. I have had a ton of issues since being diagnosed with celiac, and the more natural foods I eat the better I feel!

  5. Reply

    Ellen S

    January 16, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Real Food is crucial to me, because knowing exactly what is in my food and knowing that there is nothing artificial or fake about it is comforting, and a much better way to feed my family.

  6. Reply


    January 17, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    I like knowing what it is that I am putting into my body. I have seen the changes that have occurred in my husband and I from eating whole, real foods!

  7. Reply


    January 17, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Real food just tastes better! Plus so many processed foods aren’t food at all — yuck!

  8. Reply


    January 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Real food is important to me and my family because health is our most precious commodity. Good health comes from good food, not processed junk.

  9. Reply


    January 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Oh – this sounds really yummy – need to make this soon ;)

  10. Reply


    January 17, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Sometimes you need convenience – it’s good to know there are healthy real food options.

  11. Reply

    Trisha P.

    January 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    I love the saying, “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be food.” What can be more nourishing than real food? We also love growing our own.

  12. Reply


    January 17, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    This looks really good, will have to look for this rice & beans package at the store! Real food is important to me because it is the foundation of a healthy life.

  13. Reply

    Madison D

    January 17, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Good health! Healthy = Happiness!

  14. Reply


    January 17, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Real food makes me feel better about myself to know that I’m taking the time to care for my body.

  15. Reply


    January 17, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    real food energizes my body & soul – the shopping, the prepping, the cooking & of course the eating

  16. Reply

    Lisa Belfield

    January 17, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    I always thought I was a healthy eater, but now, with education about “real food”, I am turning into a clean eater. Real food is important for the way it makes me feel and the way it makes me look – especially as I get older – I want to be the hottest gal in the retirement community!

  17. Reply

    Becca F

    January 17, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Eating real food is important because not only do I know that it makes me feel better right after I eat it I know in the long run it’ll be better for me too!

  18. Reply


    January 18, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    I feel like I am taking care of myself and my partner and helping us live a longer, fuller life together when I feed us whole foods! :)

  19. Reply


    January 18, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Eating real food means I know that I’m eating wholesome ingredients found in nature and not some engineered, unpronounceable preservative. And, if I go to my local farmers’ market, it means I’m contributing to the local economy.

  20. Reply

    Amanda Torres

    January 18, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Real food is very important to me because it keeps me healthy! I used to suffer from tons of health problems and was obese. By adopting a real foods (paleo style) diet I was able to lose all my excess weight and reverse many chronic health problems and get off of all medications. If I (or my husband) stray from eating real food, we really FEEL it and it is not fun.

  21. Reply

    Gabby @ the veggie nook

    January 19, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Eating real food is important to me because i want to know exactly what is going in my body! By choosing fresh, whole foods I am in control of my own and my family’s health!

  22. Reply


    January 19, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Ann Wigmore said it best; “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” Nature provided us with the perfect foods, when we eat those my whole family feels great.

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      January 20, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      Heck yes! One of my favorite quotes ever.

  23. Reply

    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    January 19, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    I love this recipe, and I’m super jealous of your Lodge cast iron skillet. It’s a beauty!

    • Reply


      January 20, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      Why thanks for stopping over Lori :)

  24. Reply

    Gina @ So Let's Hang Out

    January 19, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Real food makes my tummy feel happy! When I’m not eating real food I can feel a terrible difference. <3

  25. Reply


    January 21, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    I have recently started eating clean and tried kale for the first time. Needless to say, I love it! I’ve been searching for kale recipes and this one is right up my alley. Can’t wait to try it!

  26. Reply

    Casey @ Salted Plates

    January 22, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    To make sure that I am putting the best stuff into my body!

  27. Reply


    January 22, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    We know how important the food we eat is — so we want to eat as healthy as possible.

  28. Reply

    Chris A

    January 25, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Real food provides a diversity of real nutrients.

  29. Reply

    Althea Blackburn

    January 25, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    As I try to eat cleaner and learn about about the whole food experience, I see the value of just putting one foot after the other, it’s a big change for some of us, taking it one day at time, one choice at a time to the better you!

  30. Reply

    Kate Stephens

    January 25, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    I exercise a lot and need REAL food to fuel me!

  31. Reply


    January 25, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Because it’s delicious, cheaper to buy, better for the environment and so much more fun!

  32. Reply

    Sara H

    January 26, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    With different dietary restrictions in our family, it’s great to know exactly what is in our food, without any sneaky dyes or other misc. mysteries. This recipe looks really good.

  33. Reply


    January 27, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    I notice side effects anytime I do not put real food into my body. This has made me make it a priority! I just had baby #2 and recipes like this have made it easier for friends to bring me meals. I’m sharing this with a thoughtful friend. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  34. Reply


    January 29, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    real food is important because I want me and my family to be as healthy as we can

  35. Reply


    January 30, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Real food is even more important than exercise – you really cannot feel great without eating real food. And I love knowing I’m doing some things to make aging with grace as good as it can be.

  36. Reply

    Danielle D

    February 1, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Its just better for you!!

  37. Reply

    heather s

    February 1, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    To treat our bodies better by eating healthier foods

  38. Reply


    February 1, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Real food nourishes and rejuvenates from the inside out. :)

  39. Reply

    Tessa Curtis

    February 2, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Love this recipe, we had it last night and it was a huge hit at my house!!

    • Reply


      February 3, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      Yay that’s so awesome Tessa, happy to hear it :)

  40. Reply

    Karen Deva

    February 2, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Real food is important to my family because we want to know what we are eating. I want to feed them food that is natural, food that I can pronounce, and food that is full of vitamins and nutrients, not preservatives and sodium and artificial colors and flavors.

  41. Reply


    February 3, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Real food is important to me and my family because our health is our greatest wealth! We feel better, have more energy, and look better to boot when we eat real, fresh foods.

  42. Reply

    Cori Westphal

    February 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    I actually suffer from adult acne, and the cleaner I eat, the better my complexion! I’m glad I learned this now, so I can pass the habits on to my kids!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  43. Reply

    Amanda P

    February 5, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    It is important that I feed my son good, healthy food!

  44. Reply


    February 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Real food is important to me because I just feel healthier and happier when I eat food I have prepared my self or when I know what’s in my food and where I came from.

  45. Reply


    February 5, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    This is a great addition to meatless Mondays!

  46. Reply


    February 5, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Food like this has changed my life – I’ve lost 20 pounds and my blood sugar and cholesterol are down!

  47. Reply


    February 5, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    I just recently stumbled across this blog and so far I’m loving it! (:

  48. Reply

    ellen casper

    February 5, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Its healthier for my family and that’s important for me as a Mom.

  49. Reply


    February 6, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    This looks absolutely amazing, definitely going to give it a try and will post how it turns out! x

  50. Reply


    February 6, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Real food makes our family feel healthy and full of energy! We want everyone to be able to feel awesome just by eating simple and real food!

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  52. Reply


    February 6, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Real food makes my mind and body feel best!

  53. Reply


    February 7, 2014 at 2:48 AM

    Because i believe what we put into and onto our body directly impacts our health! Consequently i try to eat as healthfully and cleanly as possible!

  54. Reply

    Carolyn Jackson (cari)

    February 8, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    ALL whole food is important to me. I grow my own organic vegetables and try to cook the majority of my family meals. Wild rice and grains are among my favorite bases for mixing up home gown or market purchased vegetables , greens and herbs. Thank you for the lovely post and pictures. I love what you do.

    • Reply


      February 10, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Thank you so much for this super lovely comment Carolyn – it made my day!


  55. Reply


    February 10, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    real food keeps us healthy and know what we are placing into our body

  56. Reply

    Tracey Kruger

    February 11, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    I firmly believe that processed foods have contributed greatly to the wealth of health problems that Americans are experiencing these days. Real food is more than just great tasting, it is actually a way to heal our bodies and keep them healthy and functioning the way that they should, from our brain to our toes, and everything in between.

  57. Reply

    jules m.

    February 11, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    im trying to get us to eat healthier this year, less processed foods. organic, real food is so much better for us.

  58. Reply

    Peggy Rydzewski

    February 12, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    because we are trying to eat food just from the earth..

  59. Reply

    Vicki Andrew

    February 12, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    real food, the taste can’t be beat, it’s healthier and a lot less than fast “processed” food

  60. Reply


    February 13, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Real food is important to me because it is the single most effective way to keep myself and my family healthy. I also LOVE cooking with fresh and pure ingredients for flavorful and delicious foods!

  61. Reply


    February 13, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Kale makes any smoothie better!

  62. Reply

    Andrea T.

    February 13, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Kale is super yum…happy its having its moment and hope that moment lasts. It will for me at least.

  63. Reply

    Natalie G.

    February 13, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Real food just tastes better :)

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