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Fried Green Plantains with Avocado Black Bean Salsa

Fried Green Plantains with Avocado Black Bean Salsa

Fried Green Plantains with Avocado Black Bean Salsa


Juice of 1 lime or 1/2 lemon

1 large or 2 small garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil

1 T. chopped fresh cilantro

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 large avocado, diced

1 cup (about 175 grams) diced papaya, mango, or pineapple

1 cup (250 grams) cooked black beans, drained and rinsed


3 firm green plantains

Vegetable oil, for frying



Whisk the lime juice, garlic, olive oil, cilantro, and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Put the avocado, papaya, and black beans in a larger bowl. Season with salt and pepper and toss with half of the dressing. Taste for seasoning and set aside. Cut off the ends of each plantain so that a small amount of the inner vegetable is exposed. From here, there are many ways to remove the skin. You might be able to peel it with your fingertips, first making a slit from top to the bottom and opening the plantain from the side. You might find it easier to remove the skin in neat sections if you make a few slits down the side. Or, if you have a tough one, you might just use a sharp knife to pare the peel away. If any green skin remains, scrape it off with your knife. Cut each plantain into six to eight 1-inch pieces. Heat 1 inch of oil in a medium-sized heavy skillet over medium-high heat to 325 degrees. If you don’t have the right kind of thermometer, I find plantains forgiving of inexact frying temperatures. As long as they’re not taking more than 5 minutes in the first frying, or not blackening before 2 minutes, you’re probably in a good-enough range.  Add about one plantain’s worth of pieces to the oil, and cook, turning as needed, until they are just a little bit darker in color and hollow sounding when lifted from the oil and tapped, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain them on a large paper-towel-lined plate. Repeat with the remaining plantains in two batches. Using a heavy skillet or the underside of a can, press down on the still-hot fried plantain chunks until they make 2-to-3-inch flattish discs. Return these to the frying pan a handful at a time, and fry until lightly bronzed, about 1 minute more per side. Drain again, and immediately season with salt. Serve the warm plantains with the salad, with the extra dressing on the side to drizzle over the plantains.

Easy Beef & Bean Enchiladas

Easy Beef & Bean Enchiladas

Easy Beef & Bean Enchiladas


1 1/2 pounds ground beef

3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

10 corn or flour tortillas

1 8-ounce package sour cream

cilantro optional

1 cup canned black beans rinses and drained

2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack or Cheddar cheese

1 homemade enchilada sauce recipe


Brown ground beef over medium-low heat. Drain meat to remove any excess drippings. Add ¼ cup of enchilada sauce into brown meat and stir until well-combined. For the Enchilada Assembly: Preheat oven to 350º F. Pour ½ cup enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 9×13 oven-safe, casserole dish. Drizzle oil into the bottom of a skillet over a medium-low heat. Add tortillas, one at a time, and cook for about 1 minute each. Do not allow to become crispy. Drain tortilla and then layer on beef, sour cream, cheese, cilantro, and beans. Roll tortilla to keep all ingredients inside. Then place seam side down in the casserole dish. Once all enchiladas have been assembled and placed into casserole dish, pour remaining enchilada sauce over to make sure well covered. Top with remaining cheese. Place in oven and bake 15 minutes, or until cheese has fully melted. Remove from oven and top with additional cilantro, if desired.

Two Bean and Corn Salad

Two Bean and Corn Salad

Two Bean and Corn Salad


1⁄3 cup olive oil

2 T. balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 (15 1/2 ounce) can great northern beans, rinsed, drained

1 (15 1/2 ounce) can black beans, rinsed, drained

3 stalks celery, chopped

2 C. frozen corn kernels, thawed

1 medium red bell pepper, chopped

1 cup chopped red onion

1⁄3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 small jalapeno chiles, seeded, chopped


Whisk oil, vinegar, and cumin in large bowl to blend. Add remaining ingredients and toss to coat. Season salad with salt and pepper. Let stand at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours, tossing occasionally.

Instant Pot Saucy Beans & Eggs

Instant Pot Saucy Beans & Eggs

Instant Pot Saucy Beans & Eggs


2 T. extra-virgin olive oil

4 garlic cloves, smashed or thinly sliced

½ tsp. cumin seeds (optional)

3 cups cooked pinto beans or white beans; or canned beans, rinsed and drained

1¼ to 1½ cups chicken or vegetable broth

½ tsp. fine sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

4 large eggs


Extra-virgin olive oil Chopped fresh mint

Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon

Freshly ground black pepper

Garlicky Pistou, optional

Perfect Toast , optional


Place the olive oil, garlic, and cumin seeds in the inner pot of a pressure cooker and set to the Sauté function. Cook about 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the beans, broth, salt, and some pepper and continue on the Sauté setting to soften the beans until the mixture is saucy, stirring the beans occasionally to release their starches and thicken the sauce, about 4 minutes. Crack the eggs into the beans and cook on the Sauté setting until the whites are just starting to set, 1 to 2 minutes. Cover the pot (don’t lock), turn off the heat, and let the eggs continue to cook until the whites are fully set and the yolks are soft and creamy, 3 to 4 minutes more, depending on how firm you like your yolks.  Open the lid and spoon the beans and eggs into shallow bowls or serve over toast, drizzled with some olive oil and sprinkled with the mint, salt and pepper.  Serve with a dollop of pistou, if desired.



Garlicky Pistou


The foundation of a perfect pistou is fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, salt, and grating cheese (often parmesan), the last added for body and a perfect salty-umami finish. Use whatever fine grating cheese you have on hand: parmesan, pecorino, or aged Manchego all work, as does a nutty, semi-firm cheese like Gruyere. You can make the pistou loose and shaggy, like a gremolata, but for most soups I love it blended to a creamy green paste in a food processor. Try also stirring the pistou into creamy soups,


1 large bunch basil (about 2 packed cups)

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese (2 ounces)

3 garlic cloves

4 T. extra-virgin olive oil

½ tsp. fine sea salt

1 to 3 tsp. hot water


Combine the basil, cheese, garlic, olive oil, and salt in a small food processor or a blender and pulse to roughly chop. Add the hot water, 1 tsp. at a time, to get the blade moving, and blend to make a smooth paste. You want it a touch runnier than a pesto but thick enough to easily dollop with a spoon. Refrigerate the pistou for up to 5 days in an airtight container, covered with a thin layer of olive oil to maintain the green color.




Perfect Toast


There’s something otherworldly about a slice of sourdough bread that’s been skillet-toasted in butter and olive oil (yes, both, the butter sizzles and seeps into the bread, while the oil, which can handle higher heat, helps the edges brown).  For every 2 to 3 pieces of toast, heat 1 T. each butter and extra-virgin olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet set over medium-high heat (have extra butter and oil handy for toasting the other side – how much you need depends on the bread and how buttery you like your toast). Add thick slices of sourdough, whole wheat, or baguette, and cook until toasted and golden, and the bread is starting to soak up the fat, about 3 minutes.  Flip, adding another T. each butter and oil, and cook until edges are golden but interior is still soft, 2 minutes more.

Tuscan Steak with Escarole and Beans

Tuscan Steak with Escarole and Beans

Tuscan Steak with Escarole and Beans


1 1/2 lb. of flank steak

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 cup sherry vinegar

1 T. tomato paste

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tsp. ground sage

2 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper


olive oil

1 head escarole, washed, drained and chopped in bite-sized pieces

1 cup kidney beans

1 cup pinto beans



chopped parsley for garnish


In a small mixing bowl, combine olive oil, sherry vinegar, tomato paste, garlic, sage, oregano, salt and pepper. Place steak in a resealable bag and add marinade. Let marinate for about an hour or up to 24 hours. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove steak from marinade and place on a baking sheet. Roast in oven for about 8 – 9 minutes. Turn steak over and continue cooking for an additional 4 – 5 minutes. The internal temperature of the steak should be between 120 and 125 degrees. Remove steak from oven and cover with foil. Let steak rest for 10 – 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a large sauté pan to medium high and add about 1 T. of olive oil. Add the escarole and sauté for about 4 – 5 minutes. Add the beans and heat through. Season with salt and pepper. To serve, thinly slice steak against the grain. Place escarole and beans on a platter and top with steak. Pour any accumulated pan juices over the top and sprinkle with parsley.

Shrimp with Herby White Beans and Tomatoes

Shrimp with Herby White Beans and Tomatoes

Shrimp with Herby White Beans and Tomatoes


3 T. olive oil, divided

1 medium shallot, thinly sliced

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes

1/2 tsp. (or more) kosher salt, divided

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, divided

1 (15-ounce) can white beans, rinsed, drained

1/4 cup Roasted Garlic Herb Sauce or high-quality pesto, plus more for serving

8 ounces shrimp, peeled, deveined (about 16 medium)

Thick slices of crusty toasted bread (for serving)


Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium; cook shallot until just softened and golden, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes with their juices, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper, and 1/4 cup water. Increase heat to high, bring to a boil, and cook until sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add beans and 1/4 cup Roasted Garlic Herb Sauce, and cook, stirring, until warmed through, 1–2 minutes. Taste and adjust salt if needed, then divide bean mixture between 2 large, shallow bowls. Wipe out skillet. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in skillet over medium-high. Add shrimp and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Cook, stirring often, until shrimp is cooked through and starting to take on a little color on both sides, about 3 minutes. Divide shrimp between bowls with beans; drizzle with additional sauce. Serve with toast alongside.

Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage Pasta

Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage Pasta

Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage Pasta


1 lb. gemelli or other short cut pasta

4 T. extra virgin olive oil

1 large shallot or 1 small onion, chopped

12oz Sweet-Apple Chicken Sausage, sliced

1 apple, peeled then chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

pinch red chili pepper flakes

salt and pepper

15oz can Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed

6oz baby spinach

1 cup chicken broth

1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water then drain and set aside. Meanwhile, heat extra virgin olive oil in a very large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots and sausage then sauté until sausage is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add apple, garlic, and red chili pepper flakes, season with salt and pepper, and then sauté until apple is tender, about 5 minutes. Add chicken broth, beans, and spinach then toss with tongs until spinach is wilted, about 1 minute. Pour sausage and apple mixture into pot with pasta then add parmesan cheese. Stir until combined, adding reserved pasta cooking water to reach desired consistency.

Warm Pasta Salad with Turkey Sausage

Warm Pasta Salad with Turkey Sausage

Warm Pasta Salad with Turkey Sausage


3 T. olive oil

1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms

1 pound spicy turkey sausage, casings removed

3 garlic cloves, minced pinch of dried

red pepper flakes

1 cup canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 large bunch escarole, rinsed and coarsely chopped (about 5 cups)

1 pound farfalle pasta

1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste

1⁄2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1⁄4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. In a large, heavy skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until golden around the edges, about 3 minutes. Remove the mushrooms from the pan and set aside. Add the sausage to the same skillet and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until the sausage is brown and juices form, about 8 minutes. Return the mushrooms to the pan. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté for 1 minute. Add the beans and stir to combine. Add the escarole, cover the pan, and let simmer over low heat until the escarole wilts, about 8 more minutes. Meanwhile, add the pasta to the boiling salted water and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but still fi rm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Transfer the cooked pasta to a large serving bowl. Add the spicy sausage mixture, salt, and pepper and stir to combine. Add enough reserved pasta cooking liquid, 1⁄4 cup at a time, to moisten. Season with more salt and pepper, to taste. Add the Parmesan cheese, toss gently, and serve.

Mojo Chicken with Rice and Beans

Mojo Chicken with Rice and Beans

Mojo Chicken with Rice and Beans


This recipe doesn’t call for marinating the chicken, but if you’re feeling extra, go ahead and slip the chicken legs into a plastic bag with ½ cup Garlic Mojo Sauce and let it hang out in the fridge for however long you’ve got – two hours, four hours, even overnight.


4 whole chicken legs (thigh and drumstick)

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 T. vegetable oil

½ cup Garlic Mojo Sauce, plus more for serving

2 cups cooked basmati rice

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

2 scallions, thinly sliced


Trim any excess skin from the chicken legs, then pat the legs very dry with paper towels. Season generously with kosher salt and black pepper. Set a large, heavy skillet over medium heat and add the oil. Add the chicken legs, skin side down, and cook, lifting them once or twice to let the hot fat run underneath, until the skin is golden brown and crisp, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer the legs to a plate, skin side up, and pour off all but 1 T. fat from the skillet. Pour the mojo and 1 cup water into the skillet and let it come to a simmer, stirring and scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon. Return the chicken to the skillet, skin side up. Cover the skillet, lower the heat to medium-low, and cook the chicken until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 160°F, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a clean plate. Add the rice and beans to the skillet and simmer, stirring occasionally, until it reaches your desired consistency. (I like it pretty wet, almost like a stew, so I let it simmer for only a few minutes.) Taste and season with kosher salt—you’ll need about ½ tsp., depending on how much you let the liquid reduce. Divide the rice and beans among four shallow bowls and top each bowl with a chicken leg and some scallions. Serve with extra mojo on the side.

Sweet and Spicy Three Bean Salad

Sweet and Spicy Three Bean Salad

Sweet and Spicy Three Bean Salad


1 15-ounce can organic cannellini beans drained and rinsed

1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed, chickpeas

1 cup frozen shelled edamame thawed

1/2 cup fermented ginger orange carrots

1 medium jalapeño seeded and chopped

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup  Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4 cup avocado oil

2 T. Honey

1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

1/4 tsp. Black Pepper


In a large bowl, combine the cannellini beans, garbanzo beans, edamame, carrots, jalapeño, cilantro, vinegar, oil, honey, salt, and pepper, and mix well. Refrigerate, covered, for a minimum of 3 hours, or preferably overnight, for the flavors to blend. Enjoy.

Golden Split Pea Soup

Golden Split Pea Soup

Golden Split Pea Soup


1 lb. Yellow Split Peas

1 lb. Sweet Italian Sausage


2 C. Diced Leeks

4 C. Diced Celery

4 C. Diced Carrots

3 C. Diced Sweet Potato

6 Garlic Gloves, Finely Minced

3 tsp. Coarse Sea Salt

2 tsp. Freshly Ground Black Pepper

8 C. Homemade Ham Stock or Homemade Chicken Stock or Bone Broth

Homemade Croutons, Crème Fraiche and Chopped Fresh Italian Parsley to Garnish the Soup


In a large pot, such as a Dutch oven, over medium heat, heat the XVOO and add the Italian sausage.  Brown the sausage on all sides.  Remove from the pan and set aside to cool. Once cool enough to handle dice the Italian Sausage.  Add the leeks, celery, carrot, garlic, salt and pepper and gently sauté the vegetables until the leeks begins to become translucent, about 10 minutes.  Add the sweet potato and sauté the vegetables for 5 minutes more.    Add the split peas and cook for two minutes.  Add the ham stock and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to simmer and continue to cook for 30 minutes covered with a lid, stirring often to be sure the mixture does not burn or stick to the bottom of the pot.  Add the diced Italian sausage and cook for 30 minutes more or until the peas are soft and the soup is thick.  If too thick add a bit of the stock to thin.  (I like to cook the soup with a lid halfway on the pot.  This helps to keep the soup from reducing too much.)  Taste the soup for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Serve the soup in warm bowls with croutons and topped with a dollop of Crème Fraiche and a sprinkle of chopped fresh Italian parsley.

Scallops with Prosciutto, White Beans and Tomatoes

Scallops with Prosciutto, White Beans and Tomatoes

Scallops with Prosciutto, White Beans and Tomatoes


2 lb. grape tomatoes

1 garlic clove

2 red chilis dried

6 anchovies

19 oz cannellini beans canned

1 lemon

4 T. olive oil divided

8 prosciutto slices

16 sea scallops




Assemble, prepare, and measure ingredients. Halve tomatoes. Mince garlic. Crumble dried chilies. Mash anchovies with a fork. Rinse and drain beans. Juice lemon. Preheat oven to 475°F/245°C. Scatter tomatoes on a baking sheet, drizzle with 1 T. of olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and roast for 10 minutes. Push tomatoes to one side of the baking sheet and arrange prosciutto slices in a single layer on the other. Roast for a further 10 minutes to crisp prosciutto. Remove from oven and set aside. In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 T. of olive oil. Add garlic, chilies, and mashed anchovies. Sauté for 1 minute, then add beans and 1/2 cup/125 mL water. Mash beans coarsely as they warm through. Remove from heat, add a drizzle of olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

In another skillet, heat 1 T. of olive oil. Season scallops with salt and pepper, add to skillet, and sear for 2 minutes, undisturbed, until burnished golden brown. Turn scallops over and cook for another 2 minutes. To serve, arrange tomatoes, two slices of prosciutto, and beans on each of four individual plates. Top each one with four scallops. Sprinkle with lemon juice and a little more olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Roasted Fennel, Tomatoes and White Beans

Roasted Fennel, Tomatoes and White Beans

Roasted Fennel, Tomatoes and White Beans


2 large fennel bulbs (fronds not needed but can be chopped and used to garnish, if desired)

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling

2 tsp. coarse kosher salt, divided

2 pints cherry tomatoes or other small tomatoes (whatever is sweetest and ripest)

2 T. chopped fresh oregano leaves, from 4-5 stems (or 2 tsp. dried oregano)

5 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1/4 tsp. Aleppo pepper or dried crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 15-ounce cans Cannellini beans (white kidney beans), drained

3 T. chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves or chopped fennel fronds, optional garnish


Preheat oven to 425°F. Trim the fennel so you are left with just the white bulb. Cut the bulb in half vertically, from bottom to top, and then cut each half into 1/2-inch-wide wedges, slicing through the core, which will help keep the leaves attached to the wedge. If your fennel has fronds, you can chop them up to use as a garnish. Heat oil in large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat until very hot, about 3 minutes. Add fennel wedges, arranging them in single layer. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. of salt and cook, turning occasionally, until fennel begins to brown and soften, 10 minutes or so. Add tomatoes, oregano, garlic, red pepper, remaining tsp. of salt and black pepper. Fold together gently using a spatula. Transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake fennel and tomatoes until soft, about 20 minutes. Remove the skillet and gently mix in the drained beans; then bake for 5 minutes longer, to heat through. Divide the mixture among large shallow bowls. Drizzle each bowl with a tsp. of extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with coarse salt, black pepper and chopped fennel fronds or parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Brothy Beans with Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Rind

Brothy Beans with Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Rind

Brothy Beans with Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Rind

4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

1 pound dry white beans, soaked (I try to soak them for 2 to 4 hours—it will speed up their cooking time and help them cook more evenly. Soaking isn’t essential if the timing doesn’t work with your schedule; they’ll just take longer to cook)

2 heads garlic

Extra virgin olive oil

1 medium-size white onion, peeled, halved, and root end just barely trimmed so the layers remain together

1 Parmesan rind

3 sprigs thyme

2 1/2 teaspoons fine-grain sea salt

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar

Freshly ground black pepper, for serving

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish (optional)

Charred Asparagus End Pesto (also from book), for garnish (optional)

Slices of crusty bread, for serving (optional)


Place the beans in a large pot and add 8 cups water. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Slice each head of garlic in half horizontally, and discard most of the papery outer covering (you want the heads to remain intact). Put the heads back together, set each one on a small piece of aluminum foil, and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap the aluminum foil up around each head to seal it into a packet. Bake until the garlic cloves are soft, about 40 minutes. Set aside to cool. Turn off the oven. The beans will have expanded after soaking, so make sure they’re still covered by the soaking water, but not by very much. Add the onion halves, Parmesan rind, and thyme to the pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat; keep at a boil for 10 minutes. Then partially cover the pot and reduce the heat to keep the beans at a gentle simmer—medium or medium-low heat, depending on your stovetop. If the water level drops below the beans, add hot water from a teakettle to just barely cover them again—don’t add too much! Cook until tender—as little as 40 minutes or as much as 3 hours. It’s important to go by taste, because bean freshness, size, and soaking can affect cooking time. Once the beans are tender, remove and discard the Parmesan rind and thyme stems. Remove the onion halves and place them in a tall narrow container. Squeeze in the garlic cloves from one of the roasted heads, and puree using an immersion blender. (A mini food processor would also work.) Add the garlic and onion puree to the pot of beans along with the salt and vinegar. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Ladle the beans into bowls and garnish each with black pepper, grated Parmesan, and a scoop of pesto, if desired. Serve with bread smeared with the remaining roasted garlic.

Pantry Pasta Spaghetti with White Beans, Harissa, and Dill

Pantry Pasta Spaghetti with White Beans, Harissa, and Dill

Pantry Pasta Spaghetti with White Beans, Harissa, and Dill


Kosher salt

12 ounces spaghetti

4 T. unsalted butter

1 shallot, thinly sliced

2 tsp. harissa paste

1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

½ cup (packed) chopped fresh dill or other tender herb, such as flat-leaf parsley or mint, plus more for garnish

Freshly grated Parmesan, for serving (optional)


Bring a large pot of very salty water to a boil and add the spaghetti. Cook until just shy of al dente (you’ll finish cooking the pasta in a skillet). Meanwhile, in a large skillet set over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add the shallot and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and golden, 5 to 6 minutes. (Resist any temptation to raise the heat, or the butter might burn.) Turn off the heat and stir in the harissa and beans. Reserve 2 cups of the pasta cooking water, then drain the spaghetti. Add the drained spaghetti to the skillet, along with the herbs, 2 tsp. kosher salt, and 1 cup of the reserved pasta water, and cook over medium heat, stirring the spaghetti almost constantly, until a silky sauce coats the noodles. If the skillet ever looks dry, add more of the reserved pasta cooking water, 1 T. at a time. Taste the spaghetti and add more salt if needed (depending on how salty your pasta water was, you could need up to a tsp. more). Serve the pasta in shallow bowls topped with more herbs and, if you’re using it, the Parm.

White Bean and Kale Salad

White Bean and Kale Salad

White Bean and Kale Salad


1 cup great northern beans, soaked overnight in 1 quart water

1/2 medium sweet onion, cut into thin half-moon slices

¼ cup pure olive oil

2 T. balsamic vinegar

6 cups coarsely chopped kale

2 T. currants

2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. crushed red chili pepper

Ground black pepper to taste


Drain beans. Add 6 cups of water and cook over medium heat until tender, approximately 40 to 45 minutes. Sauté onion in large pan in 1 T. olive oil until soft, approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Add 1 T. balsamic vinegar and cook for an additional minute, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Sauté kale in large pan over medium-high heat with 1 T. olive oil until tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir while cooking to avoid sticking. Just before removing kale from pan add the remaining 1 T. balsamic vinegar. Set aside in a medium-sized bowl. When beans are tender, remove from heat, drain, and place in refrigerator to cool.  Once beans have cooled for 10 minutes, toss them with kale, currants, lemon juice, salt, chili pepper, and sautéed onion. Add black pepper and additional salt to taste.


Yield: 4 servings

345 calories,

15 g fat

12 g fiber

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

2 15-ounce cans red kidney beans, drained

1 15-ounce can red kidney beans, undrained

1/2 pound smoked sausage thinly sliced (andouille or smoked)

3 celery ribs chopped

1 green bell pepper chopped

1 medium onion chopped

2 garlic cloves minced

1 T. Worcestershire sauce

½ tsp. kosher salt

¼ tsp. chili powder

4 C. uncooked long grain rice

green onions chopped, for garnish

fresh parsley chopped, for garnish


Add red kidney beans, smoked sausage, celery, bell pepper, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and chili powder to a 6-quart slow cooker. Set on high setting and cook for 4 hours. Cook rice according to package directions. Serve red beans over top of the cooked rice. Top with fresh green onions and parsley. Notes .This is a mild recipe with smoked sausage.  For a spicier version, use a spicy andouille sausage.

Tomatoes Stuffed with White Beans

Tomatoes Stuffed with White Beans

Tomatoes Stuffed with White Beans

4 large tomatoes

Small handful of chopped parsley

Small handful of chopped basil

2 T. balsamic vinegar

1 T. capers

1 large clove garlic (it’s going to stay raw, so don’t go overboard)

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 15 oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed


Slice the tops off each of the tomatoes and use a spoon (I use a grapefruit spoon) to dig out the core and seeds. If the core isn’t too tough, chop it up and put it, along with the rest of the tomato guts, in a medium bowl. Set the tomato ‘shells’ aside.  Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and toss until everything is coated. Spoon the filling into the tomato shells. There is will extra filling, which you can serve on the side

Frugal Bones & Beans

Frugal Bones & Beans

Frugal Bones & Beans


Olive Oil

1 Onion, chopped

Leftover Bone (chop, duck, shank, whatever is on hand)

2-3 slices Bacon, raw or cooked

Splash of Vermouth or White Wine

2 C. dried Cannellini Beans or Other Large Beans, soaked overnight and drained

6-8 Sage Leaves, torn

2 T. Salt

Salt & Pepper to taste


Cover the bottom of the large stockpot with a layer of olive oil and set over medium heat.  Cook and stir onions until soft, about 5-7 minutes.  Add leftover bone and bacon.  Cook until the bottom of the stockpot is brown, by leaving over the heat and not stirring often.  You are looking for a golden caramelization in the bottom of the pan.  Deglaze with a splash of vermouth, stirring to scrape up the brown bits.  Add beans and cover with water by 1 ½ inches. Add sage and bring mixture to a boil.  Stir in salt.   Reduce heat to simmer and cook until the beans are soft and can be mashed with the back of a spoon, 1-2 hours.  Most of the water will be absorbed by this time.  Season with salt and pepper to your liking.  Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.  You can store in fridge 3-5 days.  You can also mash and store the mash in the freezer to use later in a white bean dip (add mashed roasted garlic and a squeeze of lemon).  You can refresh leftover beans by adding a hand to warmed chicken or vegetable stock with some sautéed celery, carrot and onion.

New Mex Migas

New Mex Migas

New Mex Migas

2 T. unsalted butter

â…“ C. chopped green onion (green parts only)

¼ C. chopped roasted and peeled green chile (or more to taste)

8 large eggs (beaten until smooth)

salt (to taste)

4 ounce tortilla chips (about 2 3/4 C.) preferably stale

2 C. grated cotija cheese (divided)

½ C. cooked black beans

¼ C. Mexican sour cream (plus more to taste)

1¼ C. coarsely chopped cilantro


Melt the butter over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet. Add the green onions and cook until they wilt slightly, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the green chile and cook until fragrant, another minute or two. Add the beaten eggs and let sit until they just begin to set, about 1 minute. Salt lightly, sprinkle the tortilla chips over top of the eggs and stir, folding the unset egg over the chips. Cook quickly (to keep the chips from softening), stirring until the eggs are almost set, then stir in half of the cotija cheese. When the eggs are set to your taste, an additional 2 to 3 minutes, divide the mixture evenly among 4 to 6 heated plates, or serve it family style on a large platter. Spoon over the black beans, then the remaining cheese, sour cream and the cilantro. Serve immediately.

Braised Fennel with Cannellini and Bacon

Braised Fennel with Cannellini and Bacon

Braised Fennel with Cannellini and Bacon

8 slice bacon, sliced cross wise into ½ pieces

1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into ¼‑inch-thick slices (about 3 cups)

1 medium red onion, trimmed, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into ¼‑inch-thick slices (about 2 cups)

1 can (15 ½ ounces) white beans

1 chicken broth

2 teaspoon coarsely chopped fresh oregano, plus whole leaves for garnish

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened


Heat a large heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the bacon pieces and cook until almost crisp. Using a slotted spoon transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Discard all but about 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat. Add fennel and onion to the same pan; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and edges are brown, about 10 minutes.  Add beans, stock, chopped oregano, red pepper flakes, 1‑teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has reduced by about half, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in vinegar and butter; remove from heat. Garnish with oregano leaves. Serve as a side dish or over toast as a rustic meal.

Mashed White Beans with Spinach and Olives

Mashed White Beans with Spinach and Olives

Mashed White Beans with Spinach and Olives


1 T. olive oil

1 medium onion (diced)

4 cloves garlic (chopped)

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 C. vegetable broth (or chicken broth)

2 (15 ounce) cans white beans (drained and rinsed) (or 3 C. cooked beans, from 1 C. dry)

4 sprigs thyme (or 1/2 tsp. dry)

2 sprigs rosemary (or 1/2 tsp. dry)

2 sprigs oregano (or 1/2 tsp. dry)

1 bay leaf

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 C. vegetable broth (or chicken broth)

1/4 C. kalamata olives (pitted and coarsely chopped)

1 (8 ounce) package fresh spinach (rinsed and coarsely chopped)

1/2 lemon (juice)


Heat the oil in a pan. Add the onion and sauté until lightly golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Add the garlic and pepper flakes and sauté until fragrant, about a minute. Add the broth, beans, herbs, salt and pepper and simmer. covered, until the beans start to break down, about 20 minutes. Remove the herbs and mash half of the beans. Add as much broth as needed to get the beans to your desired consistency.

Mix in the olives and the spinach. Cook until the spinach just wilts, remove from heat and hit it with a splash of lemon juice

White Chili with Spicy Oregano

White Chili with Spicy Oregano

White Chili with Spicy Oregano

4 chicken breast halves (about 1 ½ pounds)

2 tsp. cumin

½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 T. olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ C. diced red bell pepper

2 C. chicken broth

2 (14-ounce) cans great Northern beans, drained

1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained

2 T. canned, chopped jalapeno pepper

3 T. coarsely chopped hot and spicy oregano

1 tsp. sugar

Hot and spicy oregano sprigs


Cut chicken into ¾ inch cubes; toss with cumin and black pepper and set aside. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat; add onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Cook 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Add chicken; cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add broth, beans, and jalapeno peppers, stirring well. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat to low and cook 15 minutes. Add oregano and sugar, stirring well. Cook 5 additional minutes. Ladle into serving bowls. Garnish with oregano sprigs.

Cannellini Beans and Potatoes with Dandelion Greens and Parsley

Cannellini Beans and Potatoes with Dandelion Greens and Parsley

Cannellini Beans and Potatoes with Dandelion Greens and Parsley

1/2 cup dried cannellini beans (to make about 1 1/2 cups cooked)

1 pound young potatoes, red or white, cut into 1-inch cubes with the skins

2  cups chopped dandelion greens, in 1- to 2-inch pieces

2  cups chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

3  garlic cloves, sliced

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon paprika, plus more for garnish

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)

Edible flowers (such as calendula, comfrey, rose, violet, chive blossom, and/or lilac), for garnish (optional)


Soak the beans overnight in enough water to cover by 8 inches. Strain the beans and combine them in a saucepan with enough water to cover by 2 to 3 inches. Bring to a boil, skim off any foam, reduce the heat, and cover: simmer over low heat, stirring often, until the beans are tender, 45 to 75 minutes. Set aside to cool in the cooking water. Combine the potatoes, dandelion greens, parsley, garlic, oil, water, paprika, salt, and pepper in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer, covered, stirring often, for 30 minutes. Strain the beans from their cooking water and add to the pan, along with the lemon juice. Simmer, uncovered, stirring almost continually, for 5 minutes. Serve hot, garnished with paprika and edible wildflowers, if desired.

Pantry Friendly Rosemary White Bean Soup

Pantry Friendly Rosemary White Bean Soup

Pantry Friendly Rosemary White Bean Soup

1 lb. (2 1/2 C.) dried white beans (navy beans or other white beans)

1/4 C. olive oil

4 C. sliced yellow or white onions (about 3 onions)

1/2 tsp. granulated garlic (2 minced garlic cloves)

1 stem rosemary (6 to 7 inches long)

2 qt. chicken stock (or 8 C. water plus 8 tsp. chicken bouillon)

1 bay leaf

2 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. pepper


Rinse and cook white beans. You can do this by either soaking the beans overnight and cooking them the next day (for 8 hours) in a pot or crockpot, OR, rinse them and cook them in a pressure cooker (not soaking) for about 40 minutes. If you cook them in a pressure cooker, you can make this soup the same day. In a large pot over a medium-high heat, combine olive oil and onions. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are translucent and have started to brown. Let them brown a bit for added flavor. Watch them carefully to make sure they don’t burn. If using fresh garlic, add the garlic now and cook for 1-2 minutes. (If you are using granulated or powdered garlic, you can add it at the next step). Add cooked beans, rosemary, chicken stock, and bay leaf to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to remove the bay leaf and rosemary spring from the soup (it’s okay if the rosemary leaves remain in the soup, but be sure to get the stem out). Wait for the soup to cool enough to blend it in a blender or food processor. If you have a hand-held immersion blender, you can just blend it in the pot. If not, blend it in batches until the whole soup is coarsely pureed, and warm it again before serving.

Canning Navy Beans (Easy Method)

Canning Navy Beans (Easy Method)

Canning Navy Beans (Easy Method)

1 1⁄2 cups dried navy beans

1⁄2 teaspoon salt (optional)


Put 1 1/2 Cups Dry Navy Beans in each quart jar. Add salt as desired. Fill Jar with boiling water to 1 inch from the top. Put on lids and rings. Place in canner with hot water. Pressure can at 10 lb. pressure for 20 minutes. Beans will continue to soften when you use them in either your soup or for baked beans.

Canning Baked Beans

Canning Baked Beans

Canning Baked Beans

8 pints


2 lb. dried navy beans

1⁄2 lb bacon

1 -3 large onion

2⁄3 cup brown sugar, packed

4 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons mustard powder

1 cup orange juice (optional)

2⁄3 cup molasses (I use Grandma’s molasses which has a higher concentration of sugar)


Soak beans in 3 quarts of water, (make sure they are covered!) for 12-18 hours. Drain but do not rinse. Return beans to pot and cover with 3 quarts of fresh water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat; cover and simmer until the bean skins begin to split. Drain the beans, reserve the liquid. Transfer the beans to a 4-quart or larger covered baking dish. Chop the bacon and onions. Add them to the beans. Combine the brown sugar, salt, mustard, and molasses in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of the reserved bean liquid (or 1 cup orange juice and 3 cups water). Pour the sauce mixture over the beans. Don’t stir! Cover the beans and bake them in a preheated 350-degree oven for 3 to 3.5 hours. The consistency should be like a thick soup. Adds more liquid if the beans become too dry. While the beans are baking, prepare your canning jars and two-piece caps (lids and screw bands) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Keep the jars and lids hot. Ladle the hot beans into your prepared jars, leaving a 1-inch headspace. Release any air bubbles with a nonreactive tool, adding more beans as necessary to maintain the proper headspace. Wipe the jar rims; seal the jars with the lids and caps, hand tightening the bands. Process your filled jars in a pressure canner at 10 pounds pressure for 1 hr 20minutes (pints) or 1 hr 35minutes (quarts). After the pressure in the canner has returned to 0, wait an additional 10 minutes, and then carefully open the canner lid. Remove the hot jars with a jar lifter. Place them on a clean kitchen towel away from drafts. After the jars cool completely, test the seals. For added safety, boil the contents for 15 minutes before tasting or eating. (If you follow accurate canning protocol, that should not be necessary!). It takes a big pot to make this so if you want to double it, prepare two separate pots. My canner only holds 5 quarts so it can only hold a single batch anyways.

Canning Cuban Black Beans

Canning Cuban Black Beans

Canning Cuban Black Beans

2 lb. dried black beans

2 cups onions, chopped

1 cup bell pepper, chopped

6 teaspoons garlic, chopped

1 1⁄2 tablespoons salt

1 1⁄2 tablespoons ground cumin

1 tablespoon oregano

1⁄4 cup cider vinegar

1⁄2 lb salt pork


Sort dry beans. Soak overnight in water. Drain beans, add new water covering by 2″, and bring to a boil. When boiling begins, remove from heat and set aside. Sauté onion, pepper, and garlic in olive oil until onion is glassy. Add remaining spices, salt and vinegar to the sauté pot. Sterilize 8-pint Mason Jars. Add 1/4 cup of sauté mixture to each jar. Chop Salt pork into small pieces and divide into eight “piles”. Put one “pile” of salt pork into each jar. Add 1 slightly heaping cup of black beans to each jar. This should leave about 1 1/2″ headspace in jar. Do not overfill with beans. They expand a lot during processing. Overfilling will cause jars to leak in canner. Top off each jar with bean juice, leaving 3/4″ headspace. Put of lids and process 1 hour 5 minutes at 10 psi. After processing, remove from heat and allow canner to return to ambient pressure of its own accord. Remove and cool jars. Needs to age a month or so to blend flavors. When serving, it is normal to add a bit of water, since water boils out during processing. Serve ladled over rice and add a dollop of sour cream.

LTS Four-Bean Chicken Chili

LTS Four-Bean Chicken Chili

LTS Four-Bean Chicken Chili


1 can Chicken

1 can Black Beans, rinsed & drained

1 can Pinto Beans

1 can White Beans

1 can Kidney Beans

1 can Mexican-Style Tomatoes (or Rotel)

1 can Mexican-Style Corn

½ C. dried Onions

1 tsp. Garlic Flakes

1 tsp. Cumin

4-6 drops Hot Pepper Sauce, optional

1 Bay Leaf


Do not drain any cans except the black beans.  Mix all ingredients and heat through.  Discard bay leaf before serving. Serve over cooked rice if desired.   (100-Day Pantry)

LTS Four-Bean Chicken Chili

LTS Four-Bean Chicken Chili

LTS Four-Bean Chicken Chili


1 can Chicken

1 can Black Beans, rinsed & drained

1 can Pinto Beans

1 can White Beans

1 can Kidney Beans

1 can Mexican-Style Tomatoes (or Rotel)

1 can Mexican-Style Corn

½ C. dried Onions

1 tsp. Garlic Flakes

1 tsp. Cumin

4-6 drops Hot Pepper Sauce, optional

1 Bay Leaf


Do not drain any cans except the black beans.  Mix all ingredients and heat through.  Discard bay leaf before serving. Serve over cooked rice if desired.   (100-Day Pantry)

Bruschetta with Tuscan White Beans

Bruschetta with Tuscan White Beans

Bruschetta with Tuscan White Beans


1 T. + 2 tsp. olive oil, preferably extra virgin

1 tsp. minced garlic

1/2 tsp. crumbled dried sage

Pinch of salt

Pinch of ground red pepper

1 C. cooked cannellini beans

1/2 C. canned diced tomatoes in juice

20 thinly sliced rounds whole wheat baguette, toasted, or whole wheat crackers


In a nonstick skillet, combine the oil, garlic, sage, salt, and pepper. Cook over low heat for 1 minute, or until sizzling. Add the beans and tomatoes. Increase the heat to medium. Simmer for 5 minutes, mashing occasionally with a fork, or until thickened. Spread the mixture on the baguette slices or crackers. Serve right away. The bean topping can be prepared and refrigerated several days in advance of serving. Reheat in a microwaveable dish for about 2 minutes on high power before spreading on the toast or crackers.


Yield: 10 servings

Calories: 84

Fat: 4g

Fiber: 1g

Home-Style Butterbeans

Home-Style Butterbeans

Home-Style Butterbeans

5 bacon slices, diced

1 small onion, minced

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 (16-oz.) package frozen butterbeans

1/4 cup butter

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon cracked pepper


Cook bacon and onion in a large Dutch oven over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes. Add brown sugar, and cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Stir in butterbeans and butter until butter is melted and beans are thoroughly coated. Stir in 12 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 2 hours or until beans are very tender and liquid is thickened and just below top of beans. Stir in salt and pepper. Home-Style Lima Beans: Substitute 1 (16-oz.) package frozen baby lima beans for butterbeans. Proceed with recipe as directed.

Black-Eyed Pea Hummus with Crudités

Black-Eyed Pea Hummus with Crudités

Black-Eyed Pea Hummus with Crudités


1 (15.5 ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed

2 T. tahini

1/4 tsp. chile flakes

1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Kosher salt

1/2 C. extra-virgin olive oil

Crudités, for serving


Pulse the black-eyed peas in a food processor until finely ground. Add 3 T. water and pulse until very smooth. If needed, add another T. water to get the beans to a very smooth consistency. Add the tahini, chile flakes, vinegar, and V2 tsp. salt and process until incorporated. With the machine running, add the oil in a steady stream through the feed tube. Season to taste with salt. Serve with crudites.

Crockpot Cowboy Beans

Crockpot Cowboy Beans

Crockpot Cowboy Beans


1 lb lean ground beef

12 oz bacon

1 med onion diced

16 oz can kidney beans drained and rinsed

16 oz can white beans drained and rinsed

32 oz pork ‘n beans

1 cup ketchup

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 to 2 tbsp liquid smoke


In a large skillet, brown ground beef. Drain and set aside. Add bacon to the skillet and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until cooked through, stirring frequently. Add onions and cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes or until onions are soft and translucent. Add ground beef and bacon mixture to a large 6 quart slow cooker. Add pork ‘n beans, drained kidney and white beans, ketchup, brown sugar and liquid smoke. Stir gently to combine. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or on high 2 to 3 hours, stirring as needed. If the mixture seems a little dry, add a few T. of water. Serve with tortillas chips, corn chips, sour cream, cheese, whatever you want. Anything goes!

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

1 1/2 cups white long grain rice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 (12.8-ounce) package smoked andouille sausage, thinly sliced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 onion, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

2 stalks celery, thinly sliced

1 pound dry red beans

1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon dried sage

2 sprigs fresh thyme

2 bay leaves

4 cup low sodium vegetable broth

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 teaspoon hot sauce, or more, to taste

2 green onions, thinly sliced


In a large saucepan of 3 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside. Set a 6-qt Instant Pot® to the high sauté setting. Add olive oil and sausage. Cook, stirring frequently, until sausage is lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside. Add garlic, onion, bell pepper and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in sausage, red beans, Cajun seasoning, oregano, basil, sage, thyme, bay leaves and vegetable broth; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 30-35 minutes. When finished cooking, release pressure naturally according to manufacturer’s directions, about 20-30 minutes. Serve immediately with rice and hot sauce, garnished with green onions, if desired.  Note: If the beans are not soft after 30-35 minutes of high pressure cooking and 20-30 minutes of naturally releasing pressure, you can simply re-secure the lid, seal the vent, and cook for an additional 20 minutes at high pressure.

Avocado-Lime Black Beans

Avocado-Lime Black Beans

Avocado-Lime Black Beans

One 15-ounce can black beans

1/2 lime, juiced

1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

1 small shallot, diced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 avocado, to serve


Drain the beans thoroughly. Toss with the lime juice, cilantro leaves, diced shallot, and ground cumin. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Peel and slice an avocado, and serve the beans at room temperature, with 1/2 avocado on top of each serving.  The beans will last for several days in the fridge. You can take a helping of beans in your lunchbox, along with sliced avocado that has been tightly wrapped to protect against browning.

Dandelion, Cannellini, Potatoes & Roasted Red Peppers

Dandelion, Cannellini, Potatoes & Roasted Red Peppers

Dandelion, Cannellini, Potatoes & Roasted Red Peppers

1 bunch of dandelion greens

4 medium sized potatoes, chopped into 2 inch chunks

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1-15 ounce can of cannellini beans

¼ cup roasted red peppers, chopped

1 Tablespoon parsley, chopped

¼ cup Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the dandelion greens and boil for 10 minutes. Drain thoroughly and roughly chop. In the meantime, also boil potatoes for 10 minutes. Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large sauté pan. Sauté potatoes until browned, about 8-10 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. Add chopped dandelion greens and sauté for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Add the cannellini beans, roasted red peppers, salt and pepper to taste and cook for another 5 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley and serve.

Cabbage and Beef Soup

Cabbage and Beef Soup

Cabbage and Beef Soup

1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 celery ribs, chopped

1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 medium head cabbage, chopped

1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

3-1/2 cups water

4 teaspoons beef bouillon granules

Minced fresh parsley


In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients except parsley. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Garnish with parsley.


Serving Size: 1 Cup

Calories: 116

Fat: 3g

Fiber: 3g

Salami Chips with Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip

Salami Chips with Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip

Salami Chips with Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip


1 whole head of garlic

1 tsp. olive oil

1 14-oz. can Great Northern white beans, drained and rinsed

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

3 T. olive oil

1 T. fresh lemon juice

2-3 T. warm water

For the salami meat chips:

4 oz. very thinly sliced salami


First, preheat the oven to 375. Slice the top off of the head of garlic and place it in a small baking dish. Pour the olive oil on top and let it soak in while the oven preheats. Roast the garlic for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven but keep the oven on. Meanwhile, make the bean dip: squeeze the cloves from the garlic bulb into the bowl of a food processor. Add all remaining ingredients. Pulse until smooth. Use extra warm water to thin it out, if desired. To make the salami chips, lay out the slices of salami on a large baking sheet. It’s fine if they slightly overlap because they will shrink as they cook. Bake at 375 for 9-12 minutes, until the edges start to slightly brown and curl. They will further crisp as they cool. The salami chips stay crispy for up to 2 days.

Pinto Beans braised with Bacon & Red Wine

Pinto Beans braised with Bacon & Red Wine

Pinto Beans braised with Bacon & Red Wine

Several ounces to 1/2 lb. smoky bacon, diced

1 large onion, peeled and diced

2 celery stalks, diced

2 carrots, peeled if desired, and diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 large sprigs woody herb of your choice (Clark’s recipe calls for rosemary, which is very nice, but I have used thyme and sage to equal success)

1 lb. dried pinto beans, dry OR soaked overnight (soaking overnight will shorten cooking time, though, so read directions carefully before beginning)

1 T. coarse kosher salt, with more to taste

2 C. dry red wine

Good olive oil, for serving (optional)

Coarsely grated parmesan, for serving (optional)

Coarsely ground black pepper or red pepper flakes, for serving (optional)


In a large, thick-bottomed pot over medium heat, cook the bacon until some fat is rendered and the bacon is starting to turn golden but is not totally cooked, about 5 minutes. Add onion, celery, and carrots. Cook, stirring occasionally, another five to ten minutes, until onions begin to turn translucent and vegetables begin to turn tender. Add beans to pot, whether dry or soaked overnight (although if beans have been soaked overnight, drain them first). Add the T. of salt. Add 7 or 8 C. of water. For beans soaked overnight, this will just cover them. For dried beans, it will seem a substantial amount of liquid. Bring the beans to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. For beans soaked overnight, simmer gently for about 45 minutes to one hour. For beans being cooked from dry, simmer gently for 2 to 4 hours. Meanwhile, in a small pot over medium heat, bring the 2 C. wine to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and simmer until wine is reduced to about one-third and has formed a thin syrup. This takes about 20 minutes. When beans are tender and have begun to give off their starchy, bean-y liquid, remove any branches from woody herbs in your pot and discard them. Add the reduced wine to the pot and stir it to combine. Bring the beans to a simmer again and cook for 10 to 20 minutes more for the flavors to meld. Serve the beans alongside polenta, buttered egg noodles, rice, or potatoes. Pass olive oil, grated parmesan, and black pepper or red pepper flakes for topping. To make ahead, allow beans to cool after adding the red wine. Refrigerate until ready to eat. To heat, gently bring the beans to a simmer on the stovetop before serving.