Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Creamy White Bean Stew with Collards

Creamy White Bean and Collard Stew

I made this for dinner last night and it was really delicious, comforting and easy to make. I pressure cooked a pound of white beans earlier,  so this came together in 30 minutes. 

Creamy White Bean and Collard Stew
3 T Olive Oil
1 large onion, diced
8 cloves garlic, pressed
1 medium carrot, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 t salt 
freshly ground pepper
1 t rosemary (crush with your fingers)
2 t poultry seasoning
1 bay leaf
around 1/8 t freshly ground nutmeg
2 T balsamic vinegar
3 c cooked white beans, drained of liquid 
3 c chopped collards ( or greens of choice )
2 c water
2 T soy sauce 
1 c fresh parsley if desired for garnish and extra flavor

Method:
In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat add the oil, onion,garlic, carrots, celery, salt and pepper along with the spices. Saute for 10 minutes. Next, deglaze with the vinegar and add the beans, collards, sauce and water. Stir well. Cover and simmer for at least 20 minutes. Taste and add 1 T of soy sauce. Taste again and add the second T ( or more until you reach the taste you like ). Stir in the parsley and pass the pepper mill at the table. 

This stew would be delicious served with cornmeal dumplings.  Sometime this week, I am going to create dumpling recipe that can cooked right in the soup. I'm thinking chili topped with cornmeal dumplings is going to be on the menu soon! 

Tomorrow, I will be posting a sample weekly menu complete with the simple tips and techniques that have been working so well for me. 

Tip of the day: Invest in a pressure cooker. This is the one I have been using for years. I LOVE it. 

Tomorrow is Raw Wednesday! I NEED to go grocery shopping today. I'll be posting my Raw Eats and the nutritional breakdown of the day on Thursday.

14 comments:

  1. That looks so good. I found bags of collard greens on sale for $1.40/pound. I might need to go back and see if I can snag any more!

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  2. This looks delicious - I too am a pressure cooker devotee and am always urging my friends - but expecially the soup-loving vegetarians! - to invest in one. once you have one, very quickly you can't imagine being without it!

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  3. Oh, wow, that looks delicious! And I love the usage of collards!

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  4. This looks so good! Definitely something I would love! I am printing this recipe! Thanks!

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  5. Definitely making this tonight!

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  6. This looks great! My husband can't eat white beans but I could sub something out. And I have a huge bunch of collards just calling for a good recipe.

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  7. Lovely....makes this chilly weather at least bearable.

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  8. Such a beautiful blog and I love the frugality of it all. This soup looks so wonderful and hearty, I can't wait to try it this winter.

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  9. I love white beans. This soup looks so delicious and easy to make. Thanks for posting the recipe I'm such a fan of all of your meals, they always look amazing.

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  10. This recipe looks DEELISH!! I have a question. How would you suggest doing the bean part (dried) for those without a pressure cooker? Soak and cook, then add at the same spot in the recipe that you did? This may sound ridiculous but I have never used a pressure cooker and have a weird fear of blowing hot food up in my face. Not sure if that's even possible.

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  11. This recipe looks DEELISH!! I have a question. How would you suggest doing the bean part (dried) for those without a pressure cooker? Soak and cook, then add at the same spot in the recipe that you did? This may sound ridiculous but I have never used a pressure cooker and have a weird fear of blowing hot food up in my face. Not sure if that's even possible.

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  12. Hi! I LOVE your recipes! I wanted to know if you ever made cornmeal dumplings? I would try them here, or on the chili as you suggested. They sound amazing!

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  13. Trying this tonight in a slow cooker. I used water from the cooked beans and added spinach and collard. Smells pretty good in my home right now! :)

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    1. Awesome! Let me know how it turns out!

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