Beans…Good For Your Heart?

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Talking to my mom today and she said, “I made bean soup for the quilting guild this morning. There is hardly any left and I was trying to save some for your sister.” Now, I am not a fan of beans. Any kind of beans…. But they are so good for you! Beans are a great way to get that extra protein with a complex carbohydrate. However, I hate a BEAN! Ha! I ate too many growing up and in college in Louisiana. But when my mom feels like cooking some white beans and kale….I just gotta have a couple of spoonfuls.

This is a great recipe. Somewhere in this world it is about to get cold…..

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 ounces smoked sausage links, such as kielbasa or Andouille, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup of onions and celery
  • 5 cups chicken broth or stock, divided
  • 8 ounces kale, tough stems removed and finely chopped/shredded
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 15-ounce bag white beans (such as Cannellini, Great Northern, or Navy) soak for 20 minutes
  • A few dashes hot pepper sauce
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Place a large pot over medium heat. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in pot, swirl to coat, and add sausage. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 to 7 minutes or until the sausage is browned. Remove sausage to a paper towel-lined plate, pour a bit more oil in the center of the pot, and add minced garlic. Stir and cook for about 1 minute, or until garlic is fragrant and light golden brown.
  2. Pour 4 cups chicken broth/stock into pot and stir in kale, bay leaf, and garlic powder. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Once kale is tender, add whole beans to the pot. Season with dashes of hot pepper sauce, salt, and pepper, to taste. Stir and simmer for a 1 hour until beans are soft. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Quote for this week: Just be kind and brave. That’s all you will ever need to be.

Peace…..

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One comment

  1. I am a man who is rarely of few words, but to this post all I could say is AMEN! I also will take the time later today to make a list of what I am grateful for…..

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