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Smoky Maple Black Beans and Kale

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This is the final day of 30 Days of Vegan Cooking featuring recipes from my upcoming book: the Revised Edition of Vegan Planet.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into the new book with some all new recipes as well as updates on some of your favorites.  Today’s recipe is Smoky Maple Black Beans and Kale.  It’s a wholesome and healthy dish that is easy and inexpensive to make and loaded with flavor.  I hope you enjoy!


Smoky Maple Black Beans and Kale

from Vegan Planet by Robin Robertson

Serves 4

Smoked paprika and liquid smoke combine to deliver a smoky nuance to these beans and greens. Add the optional chipotle chile if you want to add some heat.


1 tablespoon olive oil or 1/4 cup water

1 medium-size onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

6 cups coarsely chopped kale

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 cups cooked black beans or 2 (15-ounce) cans beans, rinsed and drained

3 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons tamari

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 teaspoon liquid smoke

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 chipotle chile in adobo (optional), minced



1. Heat the oil or water in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, cover, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the kale and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes.


2. Stir in the beans, then add the remaining ingredients, stirring to combine. Simmer for 10 minutes longer to blend the flavors. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed. Serve hot.



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  • shoshana kleiman November 30, 2013, 12:26 pm

    Thanks for the 30 days of recipes! I adore your books (have two and saving for more). Keep up the great work.

    • Robin November 30, 2013, 12:43 pm

      I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the 30 Days of Vegan Cooking — thanks so much for letting me know. I really appreciate it.

  • in2insight November 30, 2013, 4:51 pm

    Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing these sneak peaks. It’s been awesome to see and read each of the 30 recipies. Being knee deep in testing for two cookbooks, making these will have to wait a bit, but something to look forward to for sure.
    I love cooking from your books, and no doubt this revised edition will be a welcome addition.

    • Robin November 30, 2013, 10:25 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. Much appreciated!

  • JCB November 30, 2013, 8:37 pm

    Why maple syrup in everything? I get it in dessert, but veggies?

    • Robin November 30, 2013, 10:27 pm

      When a little maple syrup combines with the likes of soy sauce, vinegar, etc. it creates a rich depth of flavor with several elements going on at once.

  • Courtney December 1, 2013, 1:36 pm

    I have loved these past 30 days–thank you for all of the recipes! I hope that the posts keep coming 🙂 This recipe looks amazing!


    • Robin December 1, 2013, 2:20 pm

      Thank you Courtney. I’m happy to know you’ve enjoyed these recipes!

  • Olivia Lane December 10, 2013, 2:25 pm

    That looks delicious! I love liquid smoke in my greens. I’d love to eat some beans cooked with greens and maple. so hungry!!!!

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