Monday, February 22, 2010

Boiled Beans

STOP! Don't scroll on - Keep reading this recipe.

I know it just sounds like it has to be no good, but this is actually and easy way to make a batch of beans that are really good - and of course, good for you.

My friend and WW member Brother Joe (http://josephbasil.blogspot.com/ swears by this dish so I had to try it out. I reduced the point by cutting the fat by more than 65% but retained the original flavor.

Make yourself a batch and eat them for lunch this week! Best of all, this is one cheap dish to make!

1 pound dried kidney, navy or other bean

1/3 cup chopped onion (one small)
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon olive oil
3 whole cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
6 oz dry red wine

Parsley to garnish

Place beans in a heavy saucepan (3 - 4 qt) and cover with water. Add the butter, oil, onion, cloves, salt, pepper, thyme, and crushed red pepper to beans.
Simmer the beans, covered, for 1 1/2 hours.
Add the wine and simmer for 20 minutes more (if beans seem to need more water at any time - just add some).
When the beans are tender serve them warm sprinkled with fresh parsley.

You may want to serve this over or with brown rice. It keeps well in the frig and can be reheated easily in the microwave.