yellow beans and kale

August 12, 2013 • Nancy Wolfson-Moche

Yellow beans speak to me of summer.  Kale announces fall and the onset of winter. So, on this chilly still-summer morning it is good to have both on my plate.

This is an alkalizing dish, as all three ingredients alkalize the system when digested. This boosts the immune system and helps preserve bone and muscle mass.


Serves 2


½ pint yellow wax beans

½ bunch Winterbor kale

1 lemon



Wash the beans and kale well. Trim the brown ends off the beans and remove any stems from the kale.


Place the beans in a bamboo or stainless steamer basket.

Using a steamer pot, bring a small amount of water (about 2-3 inches) to a boil. Put the steamer basket into the pot, covered. It should take the beans about 1-2 minutes to steam; color will become more intense. When they are steamed, remove them from steamer basket and place on a plate.  Rinse steamer basket and place kale inside.

Be sure water is still boiling, and put steamer basket into the pot, covered.


The kale will steam in about 1 minute:  it is done when it wilts but is still bright green.


Remove the kale and place on the plate with the beans.  Slice the lemon and place on top or on the side as a garnish.


Icing on the Cake: Testimonials

I loved Ms. Nancy’s cooking class so much.! I have been in this cooking class for two years and I would love to sign up for another one. I tried a lot of new foods like winter squash, cardamom, Brussels sprouts and kale. My favorite salad was the kiwi, carrot, radish salad.
Not only did we cook and eat, we also did labs about food. We used rulers to measure the size of plants. We also explored stone fruits and their ripe season. Now in my house we have window boxes and I am growing cherry tomatoes and basil.
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