White Bean and Sausage Ragout with Tomatoes, Kale and Zucchini

March 15, 2010

Cannelini beans were on sale a few weeks ago and I had stocked up on cans and wanted to find a good recipe to use up at least 2 cans. A quick Google search and I came across this beauty with tons of fresh flavor and a hearty serving of vegetables I knew this would be a good weeknight meal.

 

While Mike had a 5-6:30 conference call, I prepped dinner and enjoyed a delicious combo of Mint Sparking Water and some Pom Wonderful Juice. It was nice to be in the kitchen by myself happily chopping away. I enjoyed the quiet, the extra sun light (thank you Day Light Savings Time, it was 6:30 and still light out!)

 

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Ingredients

 

  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1/2  cup  chopped onion
  • 2  (4-ounce) links chicken sausage, cut into (1/2-inch) slices
  • 1  zucchini, quartered and cut into (1/2-inch) slices (about 2 cups)
  • 3  garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 6  cups  chopped trimmed kale (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1/2  cup  water
  • 2  (16-ounce) cans cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1  (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper

 

Directions

 

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté onion and sausage 4 minutes or until sausage is browned.
  • Add zucchini and garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add kale and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve immediately.

 

 

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After dinner I was craving something a little sweet and I had remembered seeing a pear recipe on Amie’s Blog (I made a few minor modifications)

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pear
  • 1 tablespoon POM Wonderful juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped almonds

Directions

  • Slice pears lengthwise into eighths.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the POM Wonderful juice, agave nectar, cinnamon and almond extract.
  • Spoon mixture over pears.
  • Top pears with chopped nuts and vanilla ice cream

 

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 15, 2010 at 8:11 pm

That is such an elegant and light dessert! Looks delicious.

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 15, 2010 at 8:11 pm

That is such an elegant and light dessert! Looks delicious.

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Andrea@POM March 16, 2010 at 11:56 am

This sounds delicious and healthy! I’ve been looking for ways to cook kale that doesn’t involve bacon or cream. ;) Thanks for sharing, and hope you’ll share with the POM Community as well, they love recipes.

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Andrea@POM March 16, 2010 at 11:56 am

This sounds delicious and healthy! I’ve been looking for ways to cook kale that doesn’t involve bacon or cream. ;) Thanks for sharing, and hope you’ll share with the POM Community as well, they love recipes.

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Mo@MommyRD March 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm

That whole meal sounds delicious and very healthy!
.-= Mo@MommyRD´s last blog ..Bowl Meals =-.

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Mo@MommyRD March 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm

That whole meal sounds delicious and very healthy!
.-= Mo@MommyRD´s last blog ..Bowl Meals =-.

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