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Comfort Me With White Bean Stew *Link Up*


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Years ago I made a random white bean side dish that I left on the hot plate to stay warm for Shabbat dinner.  When I was ready to serve the dish the liquid had mostly evaporated and I feared a disaster in front of a table full of hungry guests.  Turned out to be the best dish on the table.  I love happy accidents, they lead to the best recipes.

This recipe is  perfect on a cold winter night when all you want is something hot, soothing and full of flavor, this concentrated bean stew totally does the trick.   The secret is the sun-dried tomatoes.  The longer they sit the more they infuse the stew with a salty, umami rich flavor you will want to savor. And let’s face it, we can all use a bit of sun in December.

Since the time of my happy accident I have played around a bit, adding chicken, using different kinds of greens and other flavorings, but my favorite is still the original “mistake” recipe from two years ago. Combine any hearty winter greens, white cannellini beans, rosemary, lots of garlic and sun dried tomatoes.  You can use chicken or vegetable stock or water and cook for at least an hour and simmer for up to 3 hours on low.  Pure comfort!

By the way, one of my favorite books is Comfort Me With Apples from Ruth Reichl and that inspired the title.

Enjoy my recipe, Chard and White Bean Stew Recipe.

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




13 Responses to Comfort Me With White Bean Stew *Link Up*

  1. I love this happy accident – love soup in the winter – and LOVE sun dried tomatoes. I add them to salads, to roast chicken but never to soup/stew what an awesome idea!

  2. I love the creaminess of a perfectly cooked white bean… often perfected in stew. The addition of chicken is awesome, and sun dried tomatoes too… what’s not to be comforted by with this dish! This is going on my menu rotation!

  3. That looks really amazing! And it’s bariatric friendly as well! I’m glad your happy accident happpened!

  4. Looks hearty and healthy. Thanks!

  5. Funny, I made that same mistake once with my bean soup and my new son-in-law said “oh cholent” how delicious! It really does intensify the flavors. This is my kind of comfort food.

  6. Tamar, I made this for dinner last night with some minor modifications. It was delicious! Thank you for the recipe.

  7. This looks very comforting! IT’s really quick too which I love.

  8. This looks amazing, I love accidents that yield such delicious results!

  9. Love this recipe and the story behind it. What a great idea to add sun dried tomatoes to the stew . Brilliant!

  10. You are so lucky, I dont ever have happy accidents, mine are always catastrophes. This looks so good!

  11. Wonderful accident! Can’t wait to try this !

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