The best aromatic flavours come from the freshest ingredients. When cooking Italian, look for fresh vine-ripened tomatoes and good quality olive oil.
For best results, use dried beans as they’re firmer and hold their shape better. If time is an issue, substitute canned beans, but be sure to thoroughly drain and rinse them before using. Be gentle when folding them in.
Italy is a country rich with beans. You can use many types of beans in this recipe, including Romano, chickpeas, fava, or cannellini—all are great substitutes in this delicious salad. Spike up the flavour with fresh basil and oregano.
To soak beans, rinse and place in large bowl. Cover with 1 in (2.5 cm) cold water and soak at room temperature for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Drain and rinse before cooking.
To cook, place beans in large pot with 3 cups (750 mL) water along with bay leaf, thyme, rosemary, and garlic. Cover and boil gently for 1 1/2 hours. Drain; remove bay leaf, herbs, and garlic. Spread beans on towel-lined baking sheet and cool to room temperature.
Heat oil in skillet. Add fennel slices and onion and sauteu0301 over medium heat until soft. Transfer to bowl. Fold in cooked and cooled beans, tomatoes, and greens.
Whisk vinaigrette ingredients together, adding salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over bean mixture and gently fold in. Sprinkle with parsley and pine nuts.
To make ahead, refrigerate beans and fennel mixture separately from tomatoes and greens. Toss together with vinaigrette just before serving.
If breakfast oatmeal is your jam, you’ll happily spoon up this oat-infused hearty chili. It comes together quickly enough to add to your weeknight dinner routine, but soaking the steel-cut oats ahead of time is key to having them cook more efficiently. Toppings run the gamut of avocado, sour cream, broken tortilla chips, cilantro, or grated cheddar. Hot stuff Chili powders can range greatly in their heat levels. So, it’s important to know the type you’re working with to gauge how much of a fiery kick it will add to a dish.
This vibrant soup is a soul-soothing hug in a bowl. Blue and purple fruits and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins that promote health and proper brain function. Apple swap Try swapping out the apples in this recipe for pears. Just like the apples, the subtle sweetness of pears helps balance out the earthiness of the cabbage.
Deep green fruits and vegetables are high on the list of health-promoting foods. Green foods have been shown to contain high amounts of antioxidants and nutrients that promote good cardiovascular health and can inhibit certain carcinogens. Serve this frittata alongside a leafy green salad for an unbeatable green culinary experience. Versatile leftovers Any leftover frittata makes a wonderful filling for a sandwich along with other thinly sliced vegetables you have on hand and a smear of hummus.
This creamy dip will be your go-to for dunking vegetables or for spooning over roast chicken or root vegetables as a sauce. Compounds found in fennel have been shown to stimulate the production of T-cells in our body, which, in turn, may help improve our immune response to infections. If white is right If you would like to stay on the white theme, try serving this dip with an array of white vegetables such as endive leaves, jicama sticks, daikon rounds, steamed nugget potatoes, and cauliflower florets.