This Tuscan Bean Dish is one of those great happy accident discoveries that came out of trying to cook up something yummy for my Mom from what was available in her fridge and pantry. It has been tweaked and perfected, and it is just delightful. I have served it to her and myself many times since then, it is one of our main go to’s.
I love the Italian inspired flavors in this dish, anything Italian food is my favorite. I mean seriously, who doesn’t love Italian?
It can be served as an entree for lunch/dinner (as I usually eat it), or as a great side dish too.
- Green Beans: like all green vegetables they are a great source of antioxidants (especially vitamin K) and fiber. They also contain carotenoids (such as beta-carotene) which is usually associated with orange or yellow vegetables such as carrots. Furthermore, they are one of our more sustainable vegetables in this country, with most of our supply being grown locally (not imported).
- Tomatoes: tons of vitamin C, lycopene (also a carotenoid), and is also a heart healthy food.
- Bell Peppers: similar to the tomato in health benefits since it is part of the same ‘nightshade’ family, it too contains lots of vitamin C and carotenoids. Each color has different concentrations of nutrients, so it is good to mix the colors (plus so much prettier that way!).
- Cannellini Beans: all beans are a wonderful source of protein and fiber. They are also a great source of trace minerals (such as manganese) and some electrolytes (such as magnesium). They contain significant amounts of iron, important for energy. They truly are a great meat supplement or replacement!