Red Beans + Kale Protein Bowl

Dinner can be a complicated thing, depending on the mood. Are we tired? Are we that hungry? Are we wanting something not so heavy because the past few days our appetites were not that forgiving? Let’s talk about a red bean and kale protein bowl that can solve for all this!

This recipe seemed to solve for all three. I had no idea how easily this would become my favorite quick meal to put together. It works great when the goal is to eat cleaner, and without much effort. Literally, no effort – reheating is a dream. It’s absolutely a fan fave and I eat it more than I ever anticipated; whether as a main course, with protein or as a side.  Let me show you how to make this delicious, protein packed Red Bean and Kale protein bowl.

red bean kale protein bowl

Things To Note: Because the beans are cooked raw, this recipe will require some preparation and advanced planning. This can be accomplished by soaking your beans the night before or simmer stovetop for about 90 minutes to two hours prior to ensure they are tender enough to consume. You can also opt to purchase red beans in a can, however the flavor is best absorbed when you cook them yourselves.

This protein bowl is made without meat, but it doesn’t have to be! Try this dish with blackened salmon or ground turkey for even more flavor!

red bean kale protein bowl

Read Bean Kale Bowl

Dive into this nutritious powerhouse bowl of goodness for a healthy, protein rich dinner that's a satisfying as it is delicious.
Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 1 day 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 3


  • 1 Cup Red Beans
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 TSP Vegetable or Chicken Base This recipe uses "Better than Bouillon"
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Cup Cous Cous
  • ½ Cup Chicken Broth
  • ½ Cup Water
  • Kale Roughly three to four leaves, finely chopped.
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, or Avocado Oil
  • 1/4 White Onion finely chopped
  • 1 Stalk Celery finely chopped
  • 1/4 Bell Pepper finely chopped


  • In a pot, bring one cup of water and a teaspoon of vegetable stock (Better than Bouillon was used in this recipe) to a boil. To this water, you will want to add your aromatics: one bay leaf and a clove of garlic. Once the water has begun to boil, add your red beans, cover with a lid and bring your pot to a simmer.
  • In a pot, bring ½ cup of water,  ½ cup of water and 1 tablespoon of the oil of your choice to a boil. Once those three have come to a boil, add one cup of Cous Cous. Stir the cous cous, cover with a lid, remove from heat and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add your finely chopped Kale and saute for no more than 2 minutes. The intent is to briefly add a bit of heat, to ease the bitter and earthy flavor without removing much of the nutrients completely.
  • Strain your beans, and fluff your cous cous. You are ready to combine!  In a large bowl, mix together the cous cous, holy trinity, red beans and kale.  You are ready to eat.
Keyword Buddha Bowl, Protein Bowl

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