(The night before, I put the frozen spinach in the fridge to thaw.) Soak and cook the beans in your standard manner, adding a bay leaf to flavor them as they cook. This batch took about 1-3/4 hours to get real tender after a 2-hour soaking following a 2-minute boiling. When theyre done, mostly drain them -- the recipe said to leave them almost covered with their cooking liquid, which I thought was too wet. Your call. I saved the cooking liquid when I drained it so I could add some of it back after adding everything else if it seemed dry, which indeed it did. I made the bread crumbs by tearing up two thick slices of (previously unsliced) white bread -- next time I will try whole wheat -- and whirling them in the Cuisinart. After a few whirls, I added in the cloves of garlic and pulsed them until the bread was in crumbs. (What a wonderful aroma from the combined bread and garlic!) I put the crumb/garlic mix in a bowl. I put the spinach in a pan (my new Circulon wok, I love it! thanks to yall who mentioned it and inspired me to buy it!!) and heated it up uncovered for a couple of minutes -- didnt try to get it "cooked", just "hot". I added salt (about 3/4 tsp), white pepper, oregano and thyme, mixed it up, then pureed it in the Cuisinart -- this was the olive-oil substitution so I made it as flavorful as possible. Finally, I added the crumbs and 1/3 cup of the spinach puree to the beans (in a large bowl), mixed well, added back some of the reserved bean-cooking liquid, and tried not to "taste" too much of it -- it was really tasty. I refrigerated it overnight. Before serving it I warmed it up gently -- you could serve it cold but I think warming it brings out more of the flavors. It was well received and I will do it again. It also looked real nice with the white beans and the green spinach. And since it was (as usual) the only fatfree item at the lunch, I was glad there was lots of it! Date: Sat, 23 Apr 94 17:27:59 EDT From: muriel kranowski
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (396g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4|
|Calories from Fat: 114 (12%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 12.6g||17 %|
|Saturated Fat 3.1g||16 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 2.5g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 5.2g|
|Cholesterol 2.1mg||1 %|
|Sodium 3787.9mg||131 %|
|Potassium 1261.4mg||33 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 176.7g||52 %|
|Dietary Fiber 24.1g||96 %|
|Sugars, other 152.7g|
|Protein 42.5g||61 %|
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Calories per serving: 988
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