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A Small Way to Be Kind to Yourself: Make Beans & Greens for Dinner

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When Chef Sara Jenkins wrote that Beans and Greens is "a cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet and a classic combination that can be made a thousand ways depending on what’s on hand," it got us thinking... of rich chicken stock with roasted cabbage and chickpeas, of broccoli rabe in Parmesan broth with Gigante beans, of Le Puy lentils in beef stock with kale.

But it also had our minds whirring through all the other dishes that technically include a legume and a green vegetable, but that stretch the traditional "Beans and Greens" meaning. In the 13 recipes below, we work with the stock-legume-green triad, but add tomato sauce, sweet potatoes, and sausage, or leave the greens raw, or dump in noodles, or serve over rice.

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These recipes might not all be Beans and Greens as Mediterraneans know them, but they're flexible, winterized, and wholly satisfying all the same.

Beans and Greens Soup
Beans and Greens Soup
Vegan Gumbo with Beans and Greens
Vegan Gumbo with Beans and Greens
Persian New Year's Noodle Soup
Persian New Year's Noodle Soup
Lemon-Chicken & Pepe Soup

Lemon-Chicken & Pepe Soup by foxeslovelemons

Beans and Greens Soup (With a Little Italian Sausage)

Beans and Greens Soup (With a Little Italian Sausage) by inpatskitchen

Heidi Swanson's Pan-Fried Giant White Beans with Kale
Heidi Swanson's Pan-Fried Giant White Beans with Kale
Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and White Bean-Anchovy Sauce
Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and White Bean-Anchovy Sauce
Lentil and Sausage Soup with Kale

Lentil and Sausage Soup with Kale by Merrill Stubbs

Spanish Chickpeas with Kale

Spanish Chickpeas with Kale by Love and Lemons

White Bean and Kale Soup with Sausage
White Bean and Kale Soup with Sausage
Vegan Kale and White Bean Korma
Vegan Kale and White Bean Korma
Roasted Sausage, Chard, and Cannellini Beans
Roasted Sausage, Chard, and Cannellini Beans
Autumn Salad with Horseradish Vinaigrette
Autumn Salad with Horseradish Vinaigrette

And, if you're not finding quite what you're looking for here, may I suggest Braised Escarole with Beans, adapted by Molly Wizenberg from Molly Stevens' book All About Braising?

What's your favorite way to combine beans and greens? Tell us in the comments below.