Sunday, September 30, 2012

Beans-n-Greens, Sort of Italian Style

Happy Sunday! Brendan wrote some copy for our blog today, another delicious recipe or "how to" from L&Z in the kitchen. Brendan writes: 

"This is the simplest possible kind of Vegetarian meal: Some kind of legume + Some kind of leafy vegetable + Your choice of grain.  It can be kind of bland, so you've got to jazz it up.  We had basil and oregano left over from making pizza and a 1 lb. sack of farro (which I've never used before), so we went Italian-ish.

Boil the farro for 12-14 minutes, drain and set aside.

Lightly saute 4 crushed and chopped cloves of garlic (Or more.  We like more.) in a couple tablespoons of olive oil.  
Toss in about a pound of spinach and a splash of vegetable stock.  
Add one can of beans (We used pintos because we had them.  I wanted cannellini, but honestly, what's the difference?)  and one can of diced tomatoes, both drained.  
Season with a dash or two of sherry, a dash of vinegar, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes.  
Cook until the spinach is wilted and everything is hot, adding a little stock if you've got to to keep things moving.  When the liquid is all but absorbed, stir in a quarter cup of chopped fresh basil and a couple teaspoons of chopped fresh oregano.

Remove greens and beans from heat and combine with cooked farro.

Serve with parmesan.  It's good on just about anything.

This recipe makes give-or-take 2000 lbs. of filling food."

*Omit cheese for Vegan version. 
L&Z: Beans n' Greens, Sort of Italian Style 
Total Prep and Cook Time: 35 minutes earns this recipe a fast rating. 
Deliciousness Factor: 4 out of 5 stars. The meal is great, and has a healthy/fresh taste. It wins points in my book for being fast and user friendly. It isn't the most amazing thing we've ever made for dinner (thus, not 5 stars), but we both really liked it, and I ate the leftovers for lunch a couple of days later.

In addition to cooking dinner Thursday, Brendan bought me this lovely bouquet of roses

 Do I really have to wait MONTHS to marry this guy? 


<3 S, B, L&Z 

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