White beans. Yep, I have tons of them in the pantry. My usual move is to warm them on the stove with a little garlic. It’s a simple strategy to add more plants to my plate and that is the goal. I always push myself to add more grains, legumes, fruits and veggies to every meal. Did you know that white beans are also called cannellini beans? Yep! Next time you are in the market, you will know what’s what.
So What Changed? Why So Excited About White Beans Now?
My relationship with white beans changed when I started finding tons of great recipes. I now understand that you don’t have to just open a can and toss them on the plate like a random side dish. One recipe that I could not get out of my mind came from an unlikely place. I found it in Dr. Neal Bernard’s Cookbook for Reversing Diabetes.
But You Don’t Have Diabetes!
Yes, that’s true. I don’t have diabetes but the white bean recipe in Dr. Bernard’s cookbook looked too great to ignore. I get inspiration for recipes from all kinds of sources. Dr. Neal Bernard is the founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and is a leading expert in diabetes and health. I love cookbooks and his book features some easy and tasty recipes.
I also love recipes that don’t require a lot of overly fancy ingredients. This white bean salad definitely qualifies as an easy one. It’s also awesome because it includes spinach and sun dried tomatoes. I used mixed greens because I didn’t have any spinach. I can imagine that if I didn’t have the sun dried tomatoes, I could use diced tomatoes and it would work out just fine. The red white and green looks amazing on the plate.
White Beans Are Packed With The Good Stuff
Before we get into the recipe, let’s dive into what makes this little legume so powerful. Below are some fantastic reasons to add white beans to your plate.
- High in fiber which promotes a good gut and leaves you filling satisfied
- Good source of complex carbohydrates which means they digest slowly and slows down the absorption of sugar
- Supports strong bone health as a good source of calcium, magnesium and phosphorous
- A protein source that helps to repair tissues
- Contains flavonoids and polyphenols that are anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory
- Iron, Folate and Vitamin B are brain healthy essentials
- Hair and Skin get a boost from Vitamins A, C, E and K
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