A quick meal for Kate

Yesterday I went over to a friend’s house for lunch. It was kind of impromptu so I pulled together a dish that was sure to please, but easy enough to make with what I had on hand, beans and greens. For those of you who have never had it before, beans and greens is a dish that is quick, soul-satisfying, filling…and cheap. Below is the recipe, from start to finish it may take about fifteen to twenty minutes. What I have written would make a good lunch for two or sides for four. Because I was feeding more than two, but only had one can of beans, I added a diced up zuchinni for extra bulk. Enjoy!

1 medium onion, chopped

1 t. thyme

1 t. red pepper flakes

3/4 c. kale stems cut into 1/4 inch pieces

leaves from the kale cut into thin slices (like a chiffinad)

2 cloves garlic, finely diced

1 can white beans (small white beans or cannalini beans)

1 can diced tomatoes

1/2 shredded romano cheese

  1.  In a large saute pan, heat about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add onions and cook for about three to four minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Stir in kale stems and cook for another three minutes or until the onions begin to look translucent. Mix in the kale leaves and add the thyme and red pepper. (If you are going to add another vegetable like diced zuchinni, now would be the time).
  3. When kale is tender, stir in the drained can of beans. Once warmed through, mix in the diced tomatoes and let cook through (approx. 5 minutes) stirring occassionally.
  4. Remove from heat and add romano cheese. Serve.
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