Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Greens and Beans Riff

I've had a bunch of  broccoli rabe patiently waiting to receive some attention in my veggie drawer for maybe 2 weeks - tonight was finally its lucky night.  I felt like making something a bit different from my usual Greens and Beans and took my inspiration from a package of chicken sausage I found in the freezer.  These are just about the only sausage I can eat without feeling totally like a stuffed intestine myself - perhaps not the tastiest, most flavorful sausage, but they are fairly low in fat and have some interesting available flavors.  Tonight I was working with the Roasted Pepper and Asiago with mesquite smoke variety and they were perfect for my purpose - a reasonably healthy meal guaranteed to keep me healthy during my upcoming NYC debaucheries. 

Chipotles in adobo add kick and color
This was seriously one of the easiest meals ever - pour a splash of olive oil in a deep pan to brown the sausage (which I had sliced into rounds) and add some minced garlic ~ 4 small cloves.  While these cook, get your greens rinsed and chopped.  Pour in some chicken broth, maybe get a little crazy by adding some chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, or perhaps a spoonful of that bacon fat you've been hoarding in the fridge.  Live a little, people.  
A little freshly grated Parmesan is always a good idea.

Finish by throwing in your greens and a can of rinsed and drained cannellini beans. Cover, turn to low and about 5 minutes later you'll have an awesomely delicious meal faster than you could have gotten takeout.  And, if you're lucky like me, leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.


  1. my mom was just telling me i should make greens & beans....this looks awesome! im gonna try it out! :)

  2. Looks Fab! I love the color combination!!

    I do a "Poor Man's" sausage every now and then for my family of four. It consists of: sausage - potatoes - red and green peppers - fresh garlic and onions and spices. It's an easy fix and makes for a nice dinner on a cold night. Simple: Pan fry sausage on all sides - par boil potatoes not too soft - and just throw in the rest of ingredients and bake in the oven at about 375. That's it - nothing spectacular - but good just the same.

  3. @Susan - That sounds delicious! Maybe even do it as a brunch item topped with a couple of fried eggs.