Greens With Pinto Beans: Date Added: 21 Nov 2009 Ingredients:

1 pound spinach or Swiss chard
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves - (to 3) -- minced
3 scallions, white and green parts -- finely chopped
1 cup cooked pinto beans
1 teaspoon chili powder
Salt -- to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper -- to taste

Cooking Instructions:

Stem and wash the greens. If you're using chard, make sure to trim the thicker mid-ribs as well. Steam the greens in a tightly covered pot until wilted. The spinach will be done as soon as it wilts, but the chard needs to steam longer. It will be done when it turns a dark green. Drain the greens and finely chop them.

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the garlic and sauté over low heat until it just begins to turn golden. Add the scallions and sauté just until they soften a bit. Stir in the greens, beans and seasonings. Cook, covered, over low heat for 5 minutes, or just until everything is well heated through.

This recipe yields 4 to 6 servings.

Comments: Try this side with tortilla dishes that don't themselves contain beans, or with a big taco salad.


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