Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Greens and Beans

I really enjoy vegetables during the Lenten season.  One of my favorite cooked greens is escarole, or scarola, as it was called in my house.  It is a member of the endive family with a slightly bitter taste.  It is used raw in salads, but I prefer it cooked.



A mess of greens cooks down to almost nothing, I cook one bunch just for me, with maybe a little bit left over.  Wash them well, toss into the pot with water clinging, to which you already added olive oil and chopped garlic, after adding the escarole add some broth, or even more water, salt and pepper.  Let it cook down.

I love it just like this.  Add a loaf of crusty bread, well, you know the deal.  



I added some canned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained.  I am working through canned items in my pantry, getting ready to paint it.  I will be using dried beans and soaking them myself from now on. 




Protein, fiber, heart healthy omega rich olive oil, mmmmm.  Sprinkle some red pepper flakes before serving, if you like.  Optional.  I think any green and any bean would be just as good used in this recipe.



Oh wait, I forgot to add something.



My mother always said it was a sin to throw away bread.  This was way before low carb diets.  Save it and toast it in the oven, after you've brushed it with evoo (or butter, if you must) and sprinkle some herbs.  Better than packaged croutons.

I'll be sharing this humble (perfect for this week) dish at Tutorial Tips & Tidbits, Miz Helen's Full Plate ThursdayFoodie Friday, Sweet & Simple FridaysSweet & Simple Sundays and Green Day.  Stop by and say "hi".


xo

Comparison is the thief of joy.  ~  Theodore Roosevelt

38 comments:

  1. Thank you, Barbara for the great recipe.. I have a whole bunch of spinach and would like to try it..
    Blessings..

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  2. Prato lindo e saboroso! beijos,chica

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  3. This sounds like a very flavorful meal! I love beans in any dish:@)

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  4. How can someone live on this planet for 75 yrs. without ever even hearing of this veggie???
    I am sooo sheltered. :))
    Sounds like something we would love...love all greens.

    When I started looking for Bunco players, I only knew of 2 older women that wanted to start a Bunco group. I called them both, said ask YOUR friends, neighbors, church members...I found 2 more and THEY found some and we have 12 of the most fun ladies, ever. just spread the word and you'll have players before you can turn around. We have 3 ladies that sub when one of us can't be there and all 3 want to become members so....the fun spreads. :)

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  5. This looks really good - I have been craving veggies lately, but love to get the protein in there somehow too :-)

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  6. I read recently (not here I don't think) about beans in cans being poisonous...now I'm wondering if that is why you are switching to purchasing dried beans? If I had to wait to winnow through the pantry in order to paint, I could wait a very long time. ☺

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  7. Mmm, that looks good! I've been using up the rest of my chard from the garden this way. Steamed with a little salt...so good. And maybe some tuna salad with fresh sourdough bread...Mmm.

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  8. Greens and Beans are huge in our area! I think I'll be adding these to the menu soon. xo

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  9. And - I will be right there, Barbara! Absolutely delicious!

    xo Nellie

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  10. Can't tell that this worked the first time! I will be right there, Barbara! Absolutely delicious! xo Nellie

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  11. Oh Barbara...i'm very hungry now! My granma said the same: " don' t throw away bread!"...perhaps it's the italian tradition!
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  12. Escarole is one of our favorite vegetables, and I cook it the same way you do, Barbara, except I often use chick peas instead of cannellini beans. We love it! I hope Vee's comment about canned beans is wrong -- I often cook with dried beans but I also use canned for convenience.

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  13. Barbara I have never cooked these greens but they look yummy. My mom always made a dish called Holluscah. It was dumplings and fried cabbage with lots of butter of course. Looked similar to this. It was a dish learned from my father. I love it! Crusty bread is yum! I even sometimes toast left over hamburger buns for garlic bread if that's all I have and they are good.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  14. Looks like a wonderful Lenten meal, my friend! I'd love these with a pinch of red pepper flakes :)

    PS...sorry you aren't getting my posts. That darn Feedburner is acting up again. If you were getting them by email, you may need to re-subscribe. I have even had to do it for one of my blogger friends...crazy. Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

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  15. I am always doing different things with greens. I haven't tried this, but I have put romaine heads on the grill with olive oil. I'm going to do this...we are all about healthy eating around here now and this fits the bill! Sounds really good and easy!

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  16. Yum! This is my kind of comfort food!

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  17. We love escarole and beans here but sometimes it's hard to find it in the grocery store. I wish I could find more recipes for greens, we are so tired or beans, peas and corn. Frozen veggies are so limp and watery and canned taste like the can. While I know fresh vegetables are the best for you, sometimes they are so time consuming to make. There must be a happy medium!

    XO,
    Jane

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  18. This looks so delicious! I love escarole. My mother would always cook a meatball soup and put some in it. Thanks for stopping by with your wonderful comments. Have a Happy Easter!

    Jody

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  19. That looks so yummy, Barbara! I have never cooked escarole, but this makes me want to try!

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  20. I love to cook anything green. This recipe looks delish and healthy! It makes a pretty presentation too.
    Happy Spring.........

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  21. I wish I could come sit at your table and enjoy your meal!
    Brenda

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  22. Mmmmm that looks like a plateful of joy to me, dear Barbara! There are greens, protein, fiber and carbs...a perfect balance and thrifty, too!! Happy Easter week to you! xo

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  23. Sounds good! I wish my hubby wasn't such a meat lover:)

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  24. Barbara F.,
    This sounds and looks delicious. Love to sample it right now.

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  25. Never cooked escarole Barbara, but you make it sound amazing. Of course if french bread is involved, I'm in!
    Jenna

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  26. Barbara this look fabulous!!! OMGosh I love greens and beans...so healthy! This just may be my lunch for tomorrow. Thank you so much for sharing!!
    Wishing you a wonderful Easter!!
    XO Barbara

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  27. This fits right into our typical diet around here. I'm definitely going to try it, and I'm pinning it so that I don't forget.

    And I agree with your mom about not wasting bread. I used to turn the crusts that my Miss Whimsy insisted I cut off her sandwiches into croutons that way. Funny... she loved them as croutons. LOL

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  28. This looks like a healthy meal and I am always trying to think of something to cook when there isn't any meat in the house. I'll have to try this sometime, so thanks for sharing the recipe. Have a great afternoon Barbara.

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  29. OK Barbara...I did make this for lunch today and I LOOOOOVED it! I did add a pinch of ground red pepper because I like a little heat, but wow so simple and so yummy! Thanks again for sharing!
    XO Barbara

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  30. That looks delicious, Barbara! I had my first warm escarole salad at our gourmet group gathering about a month ago. It was so good and one day I'll get around to making it at home and post it.

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  31. This sounds delicious and very healthy! Thanks for sharing your recipes, Barbara.

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  32. Hi Barbara, That looks so good. Thanks for sharing your process. I agree with you mom about the bread but look at me. what do I know?
    Have a Blessed Easter, He Is Risen!
    Ginger

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  33. I've never had escarole cooked! I'll have to try it cuz I need a new veggie idea. Have a blessed Easter! Hugs, Sue

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  34. It looks really good...I have never had anything like this before.
    Linda

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  35. Unless it was in one of my salads I am not sure of I have tried escarole. Your dish looks delicious! Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend! And Happy Easter!

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  36. Nunca comi escarola com feijão branco, uma combinação inusitada...boa dica, um abraço, feliz páscoa!

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  37. Hi Barb,
    We will just love this fabulous recipe, so full of flavor. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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