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Jerry’s Beans & Greens Recipe

Even for those who aren’t fascinated by my recipe posts, please nonetheless watch the video on this put up. It is type of good for this 😉  I am positively feeling higher at this time than yesterday! My dad came visiting for assist with a woodworking venture and it was good to speak to him for some time. Since I have been speaking about Jerry’s Beans & Greens currently, I needed to share the story behind my consolation meals and his recipe for this.

When individuals consider consolation meals, I think about them pondering of meals like macaroni and cheese, Mother’s rooster paprikash, Grandma’s meat pie, and so on. Earlier than changing into vegan, my favourite consolation meals was “Jerry’s Rooster Casserole Shock”–I assume he thought that the title of the casserole needed to have “shock” in it as a result of that is what we grew up listening to 😉  (Spoiler: There was no shock.)

(You MUST watch this healthful 11-second video clip at this level. Please.)

After I was very early in my being pregnant with Noah, I had some recognizing and I used to be certain I used to be going to have a miscarriage. Being my first being pregnant, I had no concept what to anticipate. It was additionally the weekend, so my physician’s workplace was closed. I wasn’t hemorrhaging, so I simply spent the night feeling unhappy and anxious. Jerry mentioned he would make dinner.

I believe he took one of many heritage recipe books (keep in mind the sequence I did on these in 2021?) and made a creamy rooster and noodle dish. (Every little thing turned out to be simply nice once I noticed the physician on Monday.)

[Side note/funny story about that: The doctor did an ultrasound and he pointed out the gestational sac on the monitor (the sac just looked like a black spot the size of a grape). Jerry said with so much excitement, “Oh look! There’s its eye! It’s blinking!” I’m sure my doctor was dying inside, but he hid it well with a hint of a smile. I, however, burst out laughing. And now it’s a story that makes us laugh. I’m sure my gynecologist shares that story when appropriate, haha.]

Anyway, Jerry’s Rooster Casserole Shock become a consolation meals for me. I can keep in mind every part about that night: sitting on the eating room desk, eyes crimson and sore from crying, the scrumptious aroma from the oven, the ambient lighting, and only a common heat feeling in our new dwelling. (We had simply moved in.) Although the circumstances weren’t good, I took consolation in these moments–and the meals was an enormous a part of it.

And thus, it turned my consolation meals.

Jerry and I watched that time and again and laughed and laughed. So unhappy and humorous on the identical time. (By the best way, American Housewife–where I bought the clip above–is the perfect sitcom of all time!)

Now, being vegan, I’ve new consolation meals (that I like much more than the casserole)–Jerry’s Beans & Greens. He was visiting a pal in NYC a few years in the past and ordered it at a restaurant (I believed it was such an odd factor for him to order; I by no means would have guessed he’d choose that). He texted me to inform me simply how scrumptious it was and he needed to attempt to recreate it when he bought dwelling.

I am not a “greens” person–I do not like salad and the one time I ever actually ate greens was once I stirred spinach right into a scorching meal (even then, I might use about half the quantity referred to as for). Jerry discovered a recipe on-line and tried it–it tasted fairly good, however I positively did not just like the greens (I believe perhaps it was kale?). I instructed attempting collard greens, as a result of I would needed to strive them after going to a soul meals restaurant in Detroit one time (they have been common). He switched out another issues and tried a second time.

The Beans & Greens have been completely DELICIOUS. I by no means, in one million years, would have guessed that this dish would grow to be one in every of my very favourite meals, not to mention a consolation meals. And now, when I’ve a foul day, he likes to make this. He loves that he has a dinner that he could make and I like. He is tweaked it right here and there, nevertheless it solely will get higher every time.

I did not do progress images as he cooked, however I needed to share his recipe. 

I put the recipe in a printable format, which yow will discover right here!

Jerry’s Beans & Greens

2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 carrots (diced small, as a result of Katie does not like the feel of undercooked carrots)
2 celery stalks (additionally diced small, as a result of Katie does not like celery if she will be able to really feel the strings or crunch)
3 cloves of garlic, minced (or extra, as a result of every part can use extra garlic)
2 dried bay leaves
1/2 tsp. sea salt (plus extra if wanted after tasting on the finish)
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
3 cans of nice northern beans, drained and rinsed
2 Tbsp. white miso paste (discovered within the Asian meals part of the grocery retailer in slightly tub–even my Kroger has it, they usually haven’t got a lot number of something!)
4 cups vegetable broth* (see word under)
1 small bunch of collard greens**
1/2 tsp. lemon juice, to complete

*Notice about vegetable broth: We make our personal vegetable broth powder (“chickenless bouillon powder”) and we LOVE it. We use it any time one thing requires rooster broth or vegetable broth. The recipe we use may be discovered at Plant Energy Couple. The one “bizarre” vegan ingredient in it’s dietary yeast (fortunately, it may be discovered at most grocery shops now–even my Kroger–but I can not recall what part it’s normally in. I *suppose* it is with the baking stuff, like cocoa powder, baking powder, and so on.You most likely have already got the opposite elements for it.

We use a lot of it that I purchase it in bulk on Amazon. I do pass over the turmeric when making the powder, solely due to the color–we use the powder when making seitan, and we do not need the seitan to be yellow). To make use of this for broth, like referred to as for within the Beans & Greens recipe, use one tablespoon of powder for every cup of water. (So, you’d use 4 Tbsp. of powder + 4 cups of water on this recipe.) I would not substitute this broth, as a result of it is a part of what makes it so good!

**Notice about collard greens: I purchase them in a bundle (not chopped in a bag) as a result of I wish to take away the the thick stem within the center. It takes slightly longer, however I reduce every leaf in half, eradicating your complete stem that runs down the middle. Then I stack all of the leaves and chop them on the small side–about the scale of a quarter–because they match on the spoon simpler if you’re consuming.


In a big sauce pan over medium warmth, warmth the oil. Then add the onions, carrots, and celery and prepare dinner till they’re tender, about 5 minutes (decrease the warmth if wanted so they do not burn). Add the garlic and prepare dinner one other minute or two (do not burn the garlic), stirring steadily.

Add the remainder of the elements and convey to a sluggish boil over medium warmth, then scale back the warmth to a simmer. Let it prepare dinner on low for about 10 minutes, stirring sometimes, till the collard greens are the feel you want. (For those who like your collard greens on the firmer facet, do not add them till after about 5 minutes.) Take away the bay leaves (it takes some looking out generally, with the collard greens in there!).

Add the lemon juice and stir, then style and add extra salt if wanted.

I actually hope that you simply love this as a lot as I do! It makes me really feel cherished, and that is the perfect consolation meals there’s.

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