Greens 'n' Beans

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 large bunch kale, leaves stripped off stems

1 clove garlic, smashed

1/4 cup whole, skinned almonds

2 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves and soft stems

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons water

1 (15-ounce) can great Northern beans, drained and rinsed


  1. Warm 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering.
  2. Meanwhile, wash the kale but don't dry the leaves too much. Rip the leaves into smaller pieces if you wish, but I like leaving them whole. Add the kale to the skillet - watch out, it will splutter. Toss with tongs and immediately cover and lower the heat.
  3. Meanwhile, make the cilantro pesto. In a small food processor, whizz up the garlic, almonds, cilantro, salt, pepper, remaining 1/2 cup olive oil, and water until smooth.
  4. Remove the lid and check the kale; the leaves should be tender. Add the beans and cilantro pesto and toss. Taste and adjust seasonings, and then cook another 5 minutes until warmed through. Serve and feel good about all the greens you're eating!
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