serves 2 to 3
These days, I prefer using beans made from scratch. I've given you a basic recipe for making them too. If canned ones are what your time allows, or simply your preference, then use them instead.
1 to 2 tablespoons of avocado oil, as directed below
2 cloves garlic, sliced
2 cups packed (1.75 ounces) shredded kale (see note below)
3/4 cup (7.5 ounces) cooked small white beans (see note below)
Juice of one freshly squeezed lemon
Freshly grated parmesan cheese, to taste
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Add enough oil to a skillet to coat the bottom of the pan. Heat over medium flame until shimmering. Add the garlic and saute until golden and fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the kale—it will immediately start to pop and sizzle in the pan, this is okay. Saute until slightly wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the beans. Toss with the lemon, cheese and season with salt and pepper. May be served warm or made a day in advance and served cold or room temperature.
Using a sharp chef's knife, make a slice on each side of the tough rib in the center of each leaf. Discard the rib, and slice the remaining leaves into thin shards.
Add one cup of dry beans to a pot with 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from flame, and let sit covered for 1 to 2 hours. Add 1 to 2 cloves of garlic, 1 shallot or small onion and 1 dry bay leaf to the pot of soaked beans. Return to the burner and bring back to a boil over high heat. Reduce flame to a simmer, and cook until beans are tender to the bite, but not mushy, about 25 to 30 minutes for small white beans as used in this recipe. Discard garlic, shallot and bay leaf. Store beans with their liquid in a covered container and use within 3 days
Use these suggested substitutions to put your own spin on sauteed winter greens
extra virgin olive oil
sunflower seed oil
spinach (okay so it's not really a winter green, but it will work here)
escarole (got me twice, but again, use what you like or have on hand)
cooked cannelini beans
cooked garbanzo beans (chick peas)
grana padano cheese (more nutty than sharp in flavor compared to other cheeses listed)
red pepper flakes
Add vegetable bouillon to simmer the kale, essentially braising it, until it is very tender, if you prefer a less toothsome leafy green.