Collards with Tempeh Bacon & Navy Beans

We received a bunch of collards in a surplus organic food box from Abundant Acres a couple of weeks ago. I usually finely slice collards and add them to a variety of different dishes, but I was looking for an option that would bring the collards front and centre. This recipe resulted from a chat I had with a chef whose work I admire on Instagram. I admire their work, creativity and general approach to cooking and life, and it was pretty awesome to be able to connect and chat about food. They had suggested a combo of bacon, ham navy beans, and collards, and I adjusted that suggestion to make the dish veg-friendly.  I have included liquid smoke, smoked paprika and smoked sea salt to bring some extra flavour to the dish. Collards have a host of different health benefits, including high levels of antioxidants, assistance with lowering blood…

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Braised Navy Beans with Garlic and Sage

I fell in love with a version of this dish when we travelled to Italy for a friend's wedding many years ago. I was so impressed that the dish contained such a simple combination of ingredients, and yet the flavour was incredible. I have been experimenting with variations on this theme for quite a while now, and have finally arrived on an ingredient list and cooking method that I am really happy with. The directions below are for an Instant Pot, but you could prepare this recipe on a stove top also, cooking the beans for about an hour and a half, and then adjusting your temperature to medium-low for the second part of the recipe. Or use canned beans and skip directly to the second half of the recipe. I will confess - I adore garlic, and this recipe contains a lot of it! That being said, I don't…

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