Greens and Beans

I love fall.

from slimeland

I love everything about fall.

The cooler weather–

from backwater

I can finally wear my beloved boots again–

from hiwtc

My cardigans now look seasonal instead of silly–

from tradercity

(especially when I stand like that girl)–

And face it–beans taste even better in the fall.

from affordablehousing

Here’s one of my new favorite meals. I’ve made it 4 times this past week. And Earth Momma, Black Hair, and their clan were almost subjected to it yesterday (they narrowly escaped!).

This is one of the simplest, healthiest, cheapest one-pot meals that you can make. And it’s really filling, too.

Here’s what you should gather (for a meal for 2–increase as needed):

  • 1 bunch red chard (any chard will do–I prefer red)
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 can beans of your choice (I alternate Great Northern and Kidney)
  • garlic
  • chili flakes
  • approx. 1.5 cups chicken broth (or bouillon cube + water)

First, prepare your chard.


Rinse, then remove the thick stems–

guillotine the stems

–and then the smaller ones in the middle of the leaf.


Chop into smallish pieces.

smallish bits

Add to a saute pan (with a lid) that has been drizzled with olive oil.

in the pan

Cook down. If you don’t know what this means, it’ll make sense in a minute.

While it’s cooking down, do 2 things:

(1) add a bouillon cube to some hot water (if you’re out of prepared broth, like me),

bouillon in water

(2) pour a glass of wine.


Your chard should begin to look like this:

cooking down

And your bouillon should look like this:


And your wine glass should look like this:


Add a heaping spoonful of chopped garlic to the chard–

excuse the poor picture

–and then add the bouillon/broth.

adding liquid

Now it’s time for the spicy. Throw in a liberal spoonful of red chili flakes.

the hotness

While that’s simmering, open your can of beans–

beans, beans

drain them, rinse them (well, please. Get the gunk all off them), and add to the chard in the pan.

beans + greens

Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.


When the liquid is gone, your dinner is done.


El Guapo and I ate a version of this with mac & cheese and let me tell you–we were full. I ate it by itself last night and I was full. Point being–it’s filling with or without a side dish.

suck it, martha.

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2 Comments on “Greens and Beans”

  1. October 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Love it. I added a can of diced tomatoes and some noodles and we ate it almost like a soup and it was wonderful. Thanks for the intro to chard!

  2. Celia C.
    January 13, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    This recipe is gluten free!

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