This is an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink stew, but we figured that might not make the most positive first impression.  Grain, vegetables, and starch…this has it all.  The addition of black beans, if you have a can in your pantry, would only serve to balance it further, no?


  • 1¼ cups brown rice, cooked
  • 1 (28-ounce) can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 3 cups vegetable broth, divided (low-sodium preferred)
  • ¾ cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 bunch kale, ribs removed and julienned
  • 3 red potatoes, diced
  • 2 cups frozen vegetable blend
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or 2 cloves minced fresh garlic)
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
  • salt, to taste


  • Prepare the rice according to package instructions.
  • While the rice is cooking, add the fire-roasted tomatoes and 1 cup of vegetable broth to a high-speed blender, then blend on low until smooth. Pour the mixture into a large, heavy-bottomed pot.
  • Add the potatoes and 2 cups of vegetable broth to the pot and boil until the potatoes are fork tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Add the frozen vegetables and seasonings (bay leaves, chili powder, garlic, powder, cayenne, and salt), and reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • When the vegetables are cooked through, add the kale and cooked rice. Season to taste, adding more spice and salt if desired.
  • Simmer on low until the kale is tender, at least 10 minutes.
  • Finally, remove the bay leaves and serve.

Ready in about 1 hour
Makes 4-6 servings

About the Author

Sarah Jung

Sarah Jung is the associate director of Life and Health Network but wears a plethora of hats as editor, communications director, and sometimes photographer. Unrelated to Life and Health, Sarah is the country director and founding member of Oon Jai Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower people living in developing countries through friendship and working, learning, and mentoring side-by-side with the locals. In her spare time, Sarah likes to read, write, and find mountains to climb.

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