Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Spicy Tomatoes, White Beans and Spinach on Garlic Bread

This meal might be my new favorite super quick recipe that tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen. It's a spicy stew served over garlicky toast, with sage, white beans, fire roasted tomatoes, and wilted spinach. We could even call it a Christmas recipe with the pretty red and green colors. With merely a brief break on Christmas Day from perusing your new vegan cookbooks and trying on your new sassy vegan t-shirts, you can whip up a filling lunch or supper that should be a crowd pleaser. (You might double the recipe if you do actually have a crowd.)

However you spend the holidays, I hope you find them relaxing and full of good food. Happy Holidays and I'll see you back here, and on your blogs, after Christmas!

Spicy Tomatoes, White Beans and Spinach on Garlic Bread
Adapted from Epicurious
Serves about 4

4 slices rustic bread
extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
1 garlic clove, peeled and left whole
fresh sage leaves, about 1 packed Tablespoon
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 14 1/2 ounce cans diced tomatoes (fire roasted if possible)
1 15 ounce can white beans, rinsed and drained
2 handfuls baby spinach
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper

Brush bread slices with a little olive oil. Set aside on a baking sheet to toast later.

Heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the 2 sliced garlic cloves, sage, and crushed red pepper. Cook for about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, beans, spinach, salt, and pepper. Increase heat and cover skillet to wilt the spinach. Remove cover after a few minutes and continue cooking for a few more minutes to thicken sauce to desired consistency.

While the sauce thickens, toast the bread under the broiler. When done, rub whole garlic clove across the bread slices. (Skip this step if you don't like a very garlicky flavor.)

Place each bread slice in a bowl and top with stew.


  1. Very festive, indeed! Looks great and a must-try.

    Have a wonderful holiday, Lisa!

  2. we just bought a ton of bulk white beans - i know just what to do with some of them! yay!

    enjoy the holiday, Lisa & take care! :)

  3. This does sound like a wonderful way to get a quick tasty meal. I am going to take down this recipe. This sounds like it would be right up our alley. Thanks for the recipe Lisa and have a great holiday! Stay warm and safe, it looks like some weather could be gracing Missouri this week.

  4. Garlic and sage are a wonderful combination. This dish looks delicious.

    Great blog, BTW... I've added you to my blogroll.

    Happy Holidays!

    Lee, THe Veggie Guy

  5. I love the idea of stew over garlic toast! This looks so delicious. White beans and tomatoes are wonderful together.

  6. Creamy beans foiled with acidic tomatoes. How could you go wrong?

    And I think if you jazz it up a bit and halve the serving size you could have a winning hors d'oeuvre.

    *subscribe* :)

  7. Wow, that looks sooo amazing. I love the colors and I think it is perfect dish. I can only imagine how great your kitchen must have smelled. I will be trying to soon, very soon! :)

  8. Gorgeous Christmas comfort food! That looks so warm and appealing with the snow falling outside my window. Happy Holidays!

  9. Beautiful! Merry Christmas, Lisa.

  10. Mmmm...sounds delicious!! I can't wait to try this:)

  11. Yummy that looks soooo good. You've made me hungry but it's almost midnight and too late to eat!!

  12. Mmmm.... that looks just amazing.

  13. This sounds like a welcome change from all the calorie-laden stuff we're eating here with the in-laws!
    Have a fabulous holiday!!!

  14. Christmas colors indeed! I'm sure it would be a crowd pleaser.

    Hope you are having a wonderful holiday!

  15. Yum! It looks so satisfying... and festive!~

  16. that is a beautiful bowl of food!!! we had no vegan food at my christmas, just a vegan dessert. i ended up eating way too much of it but it was all in the name of holiday gorging haha

  17. It really does look so festive and colorful! You gotta love a super quick meal that tastes like it was a lot of work!

  18. Yum! I love meals like that, this looks so simple yet delicious.

  19. It was a cold, rainy day here in the NW, so I thought I would give this a go... it is now a staple in my recipe book (with three stars!). This came together quicker than I imagined (5 minutes, max) and the flavors were spot on!

    I made it for lunch and finished the leftovers for dinner - it was that good.

    Thanks again!


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