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Today, I cooked some kale loosely following to a recipe on the 16 oz. package of fresh, ready to use (pre-washed and chopped) Glory foods brand kale. The recipe called for the entire bag of kale, 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes and 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning.
The recipe called for covering the kale with water. Instead, I put about 4 cups of water in the pan with the kale and brought it to a boil and stirred so the kale was wilted down. Then I turned down the heat and simmered the kale for the 10 minutes called for on the package. Instead of draining off half the water as called for in the recipe, I drained off most of it. I added the Italian seasoning and the can of tomatoes, in this case it was Muir Glen brand fire roasted diced tomatoes. In addition, I added about a teaspoon of dried rosemary, dried minced garlic and some garlic powder. Then continued to cook the greens on simmer for about 20 more minutes until tender.

This recipe turned out really well, so well in fact, that I wanted to add some cannellini beans. It turned out that I had about a cup and a half of dried cannellini beans. I found this page which had a recipe for cooking the beans in a pressure cooker without pre-soaking and the flavors used would be very compatible with my kale. So I rinsed the dried cannellini beans and put them in my pressure cooker pot with two inches of water, two tablespoons canola oil, 4 cloves of garlic, two bay leaves and some fresh ground pepper. I did not add the salt as somewhere I had read that it impeded cooking. I brought the mixture to a boil, put on the pressure cooker lid and brought the pressure up to about 15 psi (per my cooker's instructions). I cooked the beans for the 30 minutes and then turned off the heat and let the pressure come down naturally. When I opened the pot and tasted the beans they weren't cooked enough, as I suspected, they had been in the cabinet awhile. I brought the mixture to a boil again and once again put the lid on and brought up the pressure and cooked for 30 minutes more. This time they were more than done and very tasty. I plan to mix them together and take to work as lunches. Yum!


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