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Thursday, January 18, 2007

A Use For White Beans

I have a super high-fiber diet, mostly due to beans. I love them, all kinds but I had never made much of anything with the white bean.

Until now. (The following was approved by my official taster, Neighbor Blair)

White Bean Salad With Lemon and Cumin

  • 2 C White (Northern) Beans (dry)
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1 1/2 t Salt
  • 1/2 Red Onion, diced
  • 1/2 C Cilantro, chopped
  • 6 Tbls Olive Oil
  • 5 Tbls Lemon juice, fresh
  • 2 t Cumin
  • 1/4 t Chipotle or Cayenne

1 Place beans in a large pot. Add enough water to cover the beans by 3 inches. Soak overnight.

2 Drain beans then place in a large saucepan. Add bay leaves and enough water to cover the beans by a couple of inches then bring to a boil. Reduce to medium heat then simmer for 40 minutes. Add salt then cook until beans are tender but firm, another 10-20 minutes.

3 Drain beans then place in a large bowl, picking out the bay leaves. Add onion and cilantro. Whisk olive oil, lemon, cumin and hot pepper in a small bowl. Pour over beans then toss lightly.

Notes: Dont use canned white beans, too mushy making the whole thing look and feel like a paste.

If you aren't a cilantro fan, try parsley instead. I liked the cilantro version better but that's me.

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Blogger purpletwinkie said...

No wonder oil is down to $50/barrel. You've taken over all gas production yourself.

12:31 AM

Blogger steve'swhirlyworld said...

"White beans" a.k.a. navy beans? If so, I had a great dip at Christmas with white beans and roasted garlic...blended was wonderful on toasted bread.

6:58 AM

Blogger Jim said...

LOL, Scott. What you probably dont know is that your body will stop reacting in a gaseous manner after consistent bean consumption :)

9:38 AM

Blogger Jim said...

Yeah Steve, I think those are the same thing. Dip sounds great!

9:39 AM

Anonymous Jason said...

Always looking for new "bean" recipes.
I'll add this one to the artillery (literally).
What's that song- Beans, beans the musical
Black beans and rice is my fav dish.

7:44 PM

Blogger Jim said...

Artillery, LOL. Maybe we could drop packages of this in Iraq to beat back insurgents.

(But wait that could be considered WMF, weapons of mass flatulence :)

9:32 AM


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