Southwestern White Beans

Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 30-35 minutes

Serves:6

My family really likes bean dishes and so I am always trying out new and interesting recipes. I have made this one several times during the past month with the different variations and served it in several different ways. It is quick and easy to prepare and is also great for lunch or a snack the next day or two, if it lasts that long.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
  • 3 cans white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 ounce can chopped green chilies
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 3 cups fresh chopped, kale, chard or spinach
  • hot sauce to taste (optional)

Directions

Place 1/2 cup of the broth in a large pot. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, until onion is soft. Add corn, beans, tomatoes, chilies, and seasonings. Mix well. Bring to a boil, cover partially and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add greens and cook for an additional 10 minutes (only 3 minutes for spinach) Season with hot sauce to taste.

Serve over baked or roasted potatoes, whole grains, or rolled up in a tortilla. This is also wonderful served in a bowl with some fresh bread on the side.

Hints: When fresh corn is in season, slice the kernels off 1 or 2 ears to use in this recipe. To use frozen corn, thaw first under cold running water (place in a strainer and hold under the water for about a minute). Bottled minced garlic may be used, you'll need about 1 1/2 teaspoons. If fresh tomatoes are unavailable, or not very appealing at certain times of the year, use drained, canned chopped tomatoes instead. Any variety of canned white beans may be used. Try either small, white beans or large cannellini beans. Smoked paprika is available in most natural food stores. It adds a delicious flavor to this dish. If you cannot find it, leave it out or use regular paprika instead. Any leafy green is delicious in this recipe. Adjust the cooking times according to the greens used.