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Broccoli and White Beans with Potatoes and Walnuts

Rich in potassium, vitamin C, and other nutrients, broccoli is a superstar vegetable to be sure. It’s readily available, reasonably priced, and infinitely versatile. Think of it: this verdant crucifer is equally at home in a creamy soup or spicy stir-fry as it is steamed and sauced or added to a salad or pasta.

Broccoli also shines in the dish you see here, where it shares top billing with potatoes and white beans. With walnuts added for crunch and seasoned with garlic, lemon, crushed red pepper, and your favorite herb (I used savory) this is a simple and satisfying meal that can be made ahead of when you need it. (It makes a great lunch.)

The recipe is from 1000 Vegan Recipes, and it calls for fingerling potatoes, but any potato can be used — the tiny red-skinned ones are especially pretty in this. The potatoes and broccoli are steamed and the garlic sautéed in olive oil and combined with creamy cannellini beans or other white beans. Some chopped red onion can be sautéed with the garlic, if you like. And, if you have time, you can roast the potatoes instead of steaming them. The dish can be served hot, cold, or at room temperature.

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Salt of the Earth

Here it is well into the new year and I’m still having fun with my favorite Christmas gift: a jar of Himalayan Salt, given to me by a dear friend, which makes it all the more cherished. Not only does this salt have a wonderful flavor, it’s also super fun to use! Apparently, Himalayan salt is available in smaller crystals that you can grind in a spice mill, but the kind I got is in the form of big pink rock-like chunks that come with their own adorable little grater. How cool is that? Can you imagine going to a restaurant and whipping out your own chunk of pink salt and little grater? Okay, I’d never actually do that, but I am still having loads of fun with it all on my own!

I’ll leave you now with a couple photos of test recipes for my 1,000 Vegan Recipes cookbook.

Broccoli and White Beans with Potatoes and Walnuts:

And this is a yummy spinach salad with Fuji apple, figs, and toasted almonds: