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Hearty bean and veggie medley

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Here’s a flavorful vegetable one-pot dinner that takes only minutes to make. One secret to the flavor is escarole. It is part of the chicory family. When escarole is raw it has a slightly bitter flavor and when cooked it adds a mellow touch to the dish. Toasted pecans add a crunchy texture. I use dried thyme and oregano for the dish.

Here’s a note, if your dried spices are more than 6 months old, they’ve probably lost their flavor. I like to add the date I bought the spice to the bottle to help me know when it’s time to buy a new one.


Toast pecans and set aside.

Prepare ingredients.

Make the recipe.

Staples: olive oil, onion, salt and black peppercorns.

Hearty bean and veggie medley 

1/2 cup broken pecan pieces

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 cups sliced onion

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 teaspoon dried thyme

2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth

3 cups coarsely chopped escarole

1 cup reduced-sodium canned cannellini beans

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Toast the pecans in a toaster oven or under a broiler for 1 minute or until they start to color. Set aside. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in the onion and saute 4 minutes. Add the garlic, thyme and oregano. Saute, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add the vegetable broth, escarole and cannellini beans. Cook for 5 minutes or until the escarole starts to wilt. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon into 2 dinner soup bowls. Sprinkle toasted pecans and parmesan cheese on top.

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