Italian White Bean Soup:
Great Northern Beans soaked over night
Kale cut into strips
2 onions diced
2-4 garlic cloves diced
2 carrots diced
Parsley, thyme and bay leaves tied together
2 liters of vegetable broth
Parmesan cheese rind, additional cheese for later
Salt and pepper to taste
Brown onions and carrots in pan with oil, add greens and stir until it starts to wilt a little, then add garlic, beans, vegetable broth, cheese rind, and seasonings. I think you chop some of the thyme and parsley as well - this was one spot where I followed the original recipe though for some reason. Everything sits on the stove until it starts to boil and then is put in a 300 degree oven. This made me nervous - soup in the oven seems unnecessary. Soup bakes for an hour, then pull it out, stir, and remove the bay leaf/thyme and parsley bundle, and put it back in the oven for another 30 minutes.
This would be fine alone, but I put it over farro, cooked with additional vegetable broth. I would also put it over egg noodles.
I may have been skeptical but it was great!
From Mother Jones: “After testing 198 samples of raw grocery store pork loins and ground pork, it found that a full 69 percent of the samples harbored Yersinia enterocolitica…Salmonella, staphylococcus aureus, and listeria…also appeared in 3 to 7 percent of the samples. These bacteria would hypothetically be killed off if the pork is thoroughly cooked, but there’s still the potential of spreading the bacteria while slaughtering, processing, and handling the raw meat.”
Lesson: be careful of what you buy, cook thoroughly and wash everything! Or be glad you don’t eat meat and don’t have to worry (like me)!
Wellbeing rises with the number of daily portions of fruits and vegetables, but peaked at seven. Most countries recommend five per day, but the study found most of the British population only get one serving per day.
Ever wonder what’s in your processed food? It’s probably, well, processed. From a great piece in Mother Jones:
“Since [genetically modified] corn, soy, sugar beets, and cotton (the oil part) are processed into sweeteners, fats, and other additives that suffuse the US food system, the initiative would require the labeling of something like 80 percent of all non-organic processed food sold in supermarkets. If the California initiative passes, it will likely force food processors to label food nationwide, since it would be costly and cumbersome to have one set of labels for California and another for the other 49 states.”