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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Cancer - Fighting Nutrition: Tuscan Ribollita

This is a wonderful one pot meal utilizing two cancer-fighting ingredients: greens and beans. The variations are boundless.

Two forms of cruciferous vegetables are in this recipe which provide powerful immune enhancers and anticancer fighting compounds. And the beans are high-protein vegetables. Plus this is just delicious.

Change up the beans and add your own herbs as you see fit, and feel free also to add in some dried herbs such as herbs de provence or a tablespoon of one of the "Spike" or "Mrs. Dash" seasoning mixtures.

Tuscan Ribollita

Ingredients
  • 1 can of cannellini beans
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 medium white onion
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ head Savoy cabbage, cored and chopped
  • 1 bunch of Swiss chard or kale, chopped
  • 2 cups water (Use 5 cups if you are using dried beans - only 2 if you are using canned)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Preparation
  1. Rinse canned beans.
  2. In a food processor, finely chop garlic, celery, carrot and onion.
  3. Sauté the vegetables in ¼ cup of extra-virgin olive oil on a medium-low heat, about 10 minutes, or until they are fragrant.
  4. Add the beans and 2 cups or water, chopped cabbage and kale. Bring to a simmer for approximately one hour. Season with salt and pepper.
Original Source: The Culinary Institute of America

PS- Note Pennsylvania Hospital's original China pattern in the photo!

4 comments:

  1. The recipe calls for 5 cups of water.. The instructions for making it say 'add 2 cups of water".. what happened to the other 3 cups of water that it called for?

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    1. Sorry about that! Use 5 cups if you are using dried beans, and only 2 cups if you are using canned.

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  2. Does this recipe call for 5 cups of water or 2 cups of water???

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    1. Sorry about that! Use 5 cups if you are using dried beans, and only 2 cups if you are using canned.

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