White Beans and Spinach

These worn and faded notebook pages came from my husband’s grandmother’s recipe book given to us by an aunt whom I think had hopes of us recreating the recipe book with photos to match. A daunting task!  Some blank pages were crumbling but I was able to salvage several which I scanned and added the Voyager texture from Flypaper Textures with the idea in mind of incorporating it into my blog somehow and -maybe a cookbook? The dish shown is a recipe adapted from Heidi Swanson’s newest book- Super Natural Every Day. Heidi’s book is loaded with delicious recipes that are not only healthy, but easy to prepare. Being a food photographer, I have always admired the simplicity and elegance of her photographs. In fact, I was drawn to the book’s cover-an antique blue and white bowl brimming with White Beans and Cabbage, the recipe I have adapted here. I have a collection of English blue and white china, but decided to go more rustic with the dish. I had spinach on hand substituting it for the cabbage in the recipe.

Recipe adapted from Heidi Swanson’s  Super Natural Every Day.


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  1. Anonymous
    November 29, 2011 / 10:18 pm

    this is such a great idea and comes at the perfect time. I was just making some White bean and spinach pesto soup, needed something as a side dish. I will be making crispy potatoes following this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Victoria Challancin
    November 29, 2011 / 11:54 pm

    This looks like comfort food at its best: simple ingredients that come together quickly with satisfying results. Thanks!

  3. Mira
    November 30, 2011 / 11:34 am

    Lynne, not only I love your photos, I love your recipes too! Everything looks super delish!

  4. Nancy @ A Rural Journal
    November 30, 2011 / 2:40 pm

    I love cooked spinach — this looks delicious! 🙂

  5. Chiara
    November 30, 2011 / 4:38 pm

    thanks for sharing this recipe Lynne! have a good day….

  6. Lynne
    December 3, 2011 / 11:19 am

    Thanks, Yadsia-I'm happy this came along at the right time for you.Thanks, Victoria-the white bean and spinach is great comfort food. Mira, thanks, I'm pleased you like my food and photos.Nancy, thanks, also-I could eat spinach dailyChiara-thanks.

  7. Rosa's Yummy Yums
    December 6, 2011 / 11:32 am

    I love the presentation of that recipe. Very pretty. A lovely dish too.Cheers,Rosa

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