Saturday, 17 September 2011

Greek Big Beans ~ Slow Cooker Style

'Resting' Play List: Dan Balan ~ Chicha Bomb
                                      Jace Everett ~ A Little Less Lonely
                                      Chris Cornell ~ Today
                                      Mr.Buble ~ Quando, Quando, Quando
                                      Nat King Cole ~ Stardust
                                      Queen ~ Good Old Fashioned Loverboy

Now I love all beans and pulses...there isn't one I don't like. Hang on..I'm just mentally going through the list...Nope..I like them all. lol. And for the most part My Love likes them too. But when we met I was told that there was no way I would ever be able to serve up Butter beans in a way My Love would enjoy them. Now this was nearly a deal breaker as they are one of my most favourite. If dining alone I have been known to cook some brown rice, add cooked butter beans and drizzle with soya sauce and be a very happy person. I love the simple flavours of the three ingredients. Yum! 

So I had to live without them for a while until I started slipping them into dishes with the hope that My Love didn't..well..throw up. And it long as I kept them to a minimum and they were part of a multi ingredient dish then My Love found them enjoyable. I also found blitzed up in soups or in pates...was an easier way for My Love to enjoy them. So the problem seemed to be with whole butter beans served as a side to a meal. 

As I can eat them simply warmed through, without dressing this was still rather sad for me. It was a sad day when a found a Zingy Butter bean Stir Fry recipe and knew I'd love it and My Love would hate it...And this recipe was a similar story...My Love did try it but gave it a very low score...whereas I gave it a 10. 

So now whenever My Love is away, like this weekend, out comes the slowcooker and on goes the Greek Big Beans. I get to enjoy a hearty plate of butter beans with some spinach. If I'm very hungry I will serve it over a small amount of bulgar wheat or brown rice. I love the garlic infused tomato sauce and plump luscious beans. 

I've had this recipe for some time and it's on a print out from the internet so I can't give credit where it's due...but whoever you are..thank you so much! lol 

Greek Big Beans...Yum!
Greek Big Beans

1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 14 oz tins of butter beans, rinsed and drained
2 14 oz tins of chopped tomatoes
salt to taste 
black pepper to taste
1 tsp dried parsley

Saute the onion in a little oil in a small skillet until softened, then add the garlic and cook until the garlic is soft, an additional minute. 

Transfer the sauteed mixture to a slow cooker and add the beans, tomatoes, salt, pepper and dried parsley. Stir well to combine. 

Cook on low for 4-6 hours. 
I add in some chopped fresh spinach 5 minutes before serving. 
I add bulgar wheat to the pot 30 minutes before serving.
I serve it over some brown rice.

Enjoy the butterbeanfest! I