Spicy Greens and Beans Vegan Recipe

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Stalks everywhere! I almost choked on one actually when I was eating this bowl of spicy beans and greens. Now normally I would cut off all of the stalks of the greens and toss them, but in an effort to be more aware of food waste, I decided to use them in this dish. Another reason was that I recently came across a video where a women was explaining that nutrients come from the roots of plants so it is important to eat the “bottoms” because that is where the good stuff is found. I don’t know how true this is, makes sense, but I decided to give it a try.

The first bite of this dish was kind of bitter. But I kept chewing and eating and by bite number three I was exclaiming “Oh yea, this IS good.” It just took my mouth a minute to adjust to the new flavors. I will continue to use the stalks but I will definitely cut them into smaller pieces next time!

With this bowl of beans and greens and big salad before hand, I was VERY full. About an hour later I had “dessert” which was strawberries, banana, and pineapple. I really was not very hungry but I needed to get more fruit in for the day.

Spicy Beans and Greens Vegan Recipe


  • Bunch of turnip greens, washed, and chopped
  • 1 can of low or no sodium cannellini beans
  • 1 can of low or no sodium red kidney beans
  • 1 carton of Pomi chopped tomatoes (or any low sodium brand) These are my favorite though!
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 5-6 shitake mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup of low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes


In a large pan, saute the chopped onion, garlic, mushrooms, and veggie broth covered over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add carton of tomatoes. and turnip greens. Cover and allow greens to wilt, stirring occasionally. When greens are soft and wilted, add cans of rinsed beans. Simmer for 5 more minutes, continue to stir until everything is heated through.


You can use any kinds of greens with this recipe. Spinach would be the easiest choice and would probably “blend” best but the turnip greens are thicker and a bit heartier. Enjoy! ~Amanda Rae

The name of your diet is the “greens and beans diet”; green vegetables and beans should make up most of your diet. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Eat to Live

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