Thursday, July 22, 2010

Go Local-Pan-fried Beans & Kale, Salad, Green Beans

Sorry about the blurriness of the picture, I didn't notice until after the food had been consumed.

This week my personal goal for the Go Local challenge on Living Senses was to find a delicious new recipe to use the kale that is exploding in our garden.

Goal accomplished.

Pan-fried White Beans & Kale
6 oz kale (from the garden)
2 TB olive oil
3 big handfuls cooked white beans
1/3 cup lightly toasted walnuts
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
splash of lemon juice

Wash and chop the kale and set aside.  Heat the olive oil and add the beans in a single layer.  Stir to coat the beans and then let them sit long enough to brown, about 4 minutes.  Flip them to the other side to brown.  Beans should be golden and crunchy on the outside.  Add the kale to the pan and cook for less than a minute, just long enough to lose a bit of its structure.  Stir in walnuts and garlic, wait 10 seconds and then stir in the nutmeg.  Wait 10 seconds and stir in the lemon juice.  Can dust with Parmesan cheese if you wish.

Verdict:  Very tasty and easy.  Not a main dish though.  We think it would be great with fish.

Note: The green beans are our first batch from the garden, and the lettuce and peas in the salad are also from the garden.


Kira said...

This looks delicious! Have you made kale chips ever? I haven't yet but heard they are delicious...some seasoning and 3-4 minutes in the oven.

Combitos said...

Hey Lauriel, I'm glad you left a comment about the worms! I just emailed you and my Aunt Kristie with the info so let me know if it doesn't show up for some reason... and now you have my email too :) Let me know how it goes! Kristie is super nice and LOVES talking about composting. She said she would be happy to talk to you and answer any questions about it so give her a call or email any time. :)

That dinner looks really yummy by the way. Much better than the cheerios we had tonight. haha

Sustainable Eats said...

This looks great! I'm so jealous your beans are ready - what kind are they? I'm just now getting little babies on my black eyed peas and Provider beans. What a weird gardening year we are having in the Pacific NW!

Emily said...

extra yummy. I know what I want to make for dinner tonight.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Yum!! The beans and kale recipe just hit the menu for this week. Sounds delish. You guys are totally kickin' butt with your first garden.


Diana Bauman said...

Isn't it great to be rewarded by the fruits of your labor. I love gardening as well and really love this recipe! Thank you so much for linking up to Simple Lives Thursday :)