Mother Earth Living

The Goodness of Garlic: White Bean Spread with Sage

Celebrate 2004’s Herb of the Year.
By Susan Belsinger
January/February 2004
Add to My MSN


Content Tools

Related Content

Pizza Pile-Ons

Can't find herbs at your local pizza place? Make your own.

Garlic Remedies for 7 Common Health Concerns

Garlic can help treat a host of conditions. Try some of the garlic remedies here as a natural altern...

Growing Garlic in Minnesota

Ever wonder what herbs fare well in Minnesota? So did one of our readers! Learn the best ways to gro...

Natural Healing: Improve Digestion with Enzymes

Enzymes are essential to improve digestion and boost overall health.

Makes about 2 cups
This simple spread combines the protein of beans along with the goodness of raw garlic to make a delicious, nutritious lunch or tasty appetizer when served with a loaf of crusty bread, radishes and imported olives. I like cannellini beans; however, Great Northern, navy and garbanzo beans also work well. For an additional tang, I sometimes chop imported black or green olives and add a few tablespoons to the spread, or use 1 tablespoon of chopped capers.The spread also is good on bagels or pitas, or on a bed of salad greens, and it travels well. You can substitute savory or rosemary for the sage.

  • 2 cups cooked white beans or one (19-ounce) can of beans, rinsed and drained
  • 8 to 10 fresh sage leaves or 4 to 5 dried sage leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ cup finely chopped celery
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Few pinches fresh red pepper flakes, optional
  1. Put beans in a bowl and mash about half of them with a fork or a potato masher. If using fresh sage leaves, pile them in a stack, cut the leaves crosswise into very thin strips and add them to the beans. If using dried sage leaves, crumble them into the beans.
  2. Add olive oil, vinegar, garlic and celery, and toss well. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes, if desired.
  3. Let stand, covered, for about 30 minutes before serving. Taste for seasoning. Serve at room temperature. If refrigerated, allow to reach room temperature before serving. 

Click here for the original article, The Goodness of Garlic .








Post a comment below.

 


MY COMMUNITY
no image
valerykenery
8/29/2014 12:04:10 AM
no image
HarvestRight
8/21/2014 5:22:39 PM
no image
NatureHillsNursery
8/20/2014 10:03:07 AM
no image
NatureHillsNursery
8/20/2014 9:59:22 AM
no image
NatureHillsNursery
8/20/2014 9:30:07 AM
no image
melisastarr
8/19/2014 12:57:22 PM






Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.