Kale white bean soup and making friends.


This Dutch oven has seen a LOT!! It’s been with me through thick and thin, innumerable kitchen catastrophes, and dealt with a lot of neglect, lol. Is it any wonder, then, that I will get down on my hands and knees to lug it out of its hidey hole in my cabinets? Any time I want to make a hearty soul-serving soup? . As some of you know, I moved to LA earlier this year and one of the big reasons for that was because of the community here. Groups of cyclists swept past us on the road, vegan items crowded literally every menu, and I could hear Korean at the bookstore, on the race course, at the cafe. It’s not everyday that a person gets to say in her 40s, “I have a chance to make new friends!” I’d always thought that my “circumstances” dictated how hard it was for me to nurture sustainable relationships, but in the past couple months, I’m learning that I stand as much in my way as geography! As my therapists reminded me this morning “humans are messy,” but I suppose you sometimes have to make a mess if you want damn good soup. Recipe for this soup below, though the full recipe, nutritional info, and instructional video will be uploaded to the TKV Meal Planner (link below). . 2 cups white beans 2 cups chopped Kale 4 cups Vegetable Broth 1 tbsp oil 1 1/2 tbsp doenjang 1/3 cup chopped, Carrots 1/3 cup chopped Celery 1 Small potato Potato 2 containers Soft Tofu 1/4 cup dry Orzo 1/ 3 cups chopped Onion 1 tbsp Toasted Sesame Seeds. Add oil to a large pot over medium high heat. Add onions, carrots, vinegar, garlic, and cook until fragrant. Add potato and orzo and cook for about 1 minute. Add 1 tbsp of doenjang and stir until all the veggies are evenly coated. Add the vegetable broth and increase the heat until the soup comes to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to medium low and let the pot simmer until the potatoes are tender. Add kale and scoop out chunks of soft tofu. Then dissolve another ½ tablespoon of doenjang into the hot soup. Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving. — Joanne Lee Molinaro is a Korean American trial lawyer, born and raised in Chicago. Molinaro adopted a plant-based diet in January 2016 and began The Korean Vegan as a passion project later that year. Since then, she has launched a podcast and released a cookbook. She has been featured in Salon, Healthyish by Bon Appétit, The Atlantic, The Kitchn, Thrive, and VegWorld, and on Food Network, CNN, BBC, and CNBC. Helpful Resources: Website: The Korean Vegan Cookbook: The Korean Vegan Meal Planner: The Korean Vegan Podcast: Linktree: Find me on Social: Instagram: TikTok: Twitter: Facebook: .





  1. I’ve been watching your videos before you started the cookbook! Lisa’s your friend,Janelle me and of course Anthony is your best friend! I think you’re brilliant, I would be happy to meet you one day! Sounds like how I used to feel about myself when I had low self confidence but you’re strong! Know your a good friend and are loved!

  2. Additionally, you also deserve a really good friend, as do I. My brother (my BFF) passed away last year and now I find myself not being able to be vulnerable with anyone like I was with him. (Not even my Hubz😔) I live in ChicagoLand as well, we should hang out and I can be your sous chef, I work for food, lol . 🥰 P.s….it looks sooo yummy, I have to put the ingredients on my grocery list before I forget.

  3. Variety is the spice to life. As a person who had lost.. two very good friends(chosen family)(and my parents), I will implore you to notice the things you do for people and what those people give back. Are they similar or the same? Notice those things. It's these things that create family. It's okay to push away, i have; however, it's more important to recognize the things you do for others in your friends. That's your chosen family. Pull them close. I have been in very dark places. It's only because my CLOSE FRIENDS have been there and have reminded me up from down, that I'm here. Know who you are and where you are from. Hold strength in where you're from and pride in those that have come before you. That's what keeps me going.