Black Beans with 'Sneaky' Greens

By Timothy C. from Edgewood School, New Haven, CT .


Sumptuous blend of simple, yet versatile ingredients. The zesty bite of onions and garlic combined with smooth black bean texture and nutrient dense kale makes this side dish not only tasty but PACKED with nutrition!

This recipe can be served as prepared as a vegetable side dish or used to create a wide array of kid friendly foods!

Use as a base layer for fruit & veggie tacos by adding roasted pineapple and serving it on a tortilla; or perhaps as a base layer in fish tacos! Add crumbled turkey sausage and veggie stock to create a soup. Use it as the first layer on whole grain pizza dough, then sprinkle with low fat mozzarella cheese for a delicious vegetarian pizza. Add this and diced tomatoes & jalapeños to steamed brown rice for a wonderful version of Rice & Beans with Sneaky Greens The possibilities are endless but the payback is that kids receive this vitamin packed treat to help them build their bodies into a well built machine!

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 14.5 oz

From Fat17.27%
From Saturated Fat2.83%
From Sugar3.27%


Ingredient 6 servings 50 servings
Onion, coarsley chopped2 cup4 qts
Garlic, peeled2 tsp1/3 cup
Salt1 tsp2 1/2 tsp
Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil3 tbs1 1/2 cups
Water6 cups1.5 qts
Black beans, dry2 cups4 qts
Kale, trimmed w/o stem, finely chopped, loosely packed8 cups67 cups/8.5 lb


Make sofrito by blending together onions, garlic, salt & oil in a food processor to a puree. In a heavy bottomed pan sauté the sofrito lightly for 5 minutes, being careful not to brown it.

Add water and dry black beans. Simmer for 2 to 3 hours until the beans are tender.

Add finely chopped Kale greens for the last 20 minutes of cooking time.

Recipe preparation is the same regardless of number of servings.

Serve as a side dish with a tortilla triangle and small dollop of plain yogurt.