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December 1, 2010

Spice and Crunch!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — saturner @ 3:18 pm

Sorry its been so long!!! Unfortunately with Thanksgiving there was not too much healthy cooking going on in my house!! But thats ok..special occasions should be just that. SPECIAL!! However now its back to reality at least for a couple of weeks until the Christmas cooking begins!!! In addition to a BIG healthy plate of food comes texture. It is very important for food to not only look and taste good but texture is really important when putting that first delectable bite of food in your mouth. There have been so many foods that I have tried that actually did have a great flavor but I couldn’t get past the texture which becomes a big deterrent for me and other people as well. You need the right combination of flavor, spice and crunch and that is why this dish is one of my favorites!!!

Spicy Broccoli Rabe w ith Cannellini beans and Crunchy Toasted Walnuts

Ingredients

1 Large Bunch of Broccoli Rabe

1 Can Cannelini Beans rinsed and drained

1 Cup chopped toasted walnuts

1/2 cup chopped sundried tomatoes (I like the ones packed in olive oil)

2 Cloves of garlic minced

1 Cup low sodium chicken or veggie stock

2 tsp red chili flakes

2 tbls parmesean cheese

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a good amount of sea salt. Chop the broccoli rabe and place in boiling water for about 5-7 minutes. This takes the bitterness out of the broccoli rabe. Drain into a ice water bath and then dry with paper towels.

In a saute pan heat the olive oil and add the garlic and saute slowly. You don’t want to burn the garlic. Once you start smelling the garlic cooking add the broccoli rabe and coat with the olive oil and garlic. Add the chopped sundried tomatoes, chicken or veggie stock and beans. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes. As you are ready to serve add the chopped walnuts and parmesean cheese!

Enjoy!

Love, health and big food!!!

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