Claire Yabraian's White Beans and Kale au Gratin
Preheat oven to 350°.
Wash kale, remove heavy stems and coarsely chop.
Fill a 3 qt. saucepan with water and bring to a boil.
Blanch kale in water for 1-2 minutes, until it turns bright green.
Immediately remove kale from boiling water and rinse in cold water.
Drain and let cool.
In a large sauté pan over medium heat, sauté the garlic and the olive oil for 1-2 minutes until it is golden brown, being careful not to burn garlic.
In a large mixing bowl, combine beans, garlic with oil, kale, cheese, tamari, white pepper and salt and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle with chopped almonds and bake 20 minutes.
Calories: 410 Protein: 24 g Fat: 19 g Fiber: 8 g (at least)
(Those are the “official” directions, but I tear up the kale as I pull it off the stems, under water as I’m rinsing it. I just put the rinsed, torn leaves in a wok-like pot with just the moisture from rinsing. I cook them covered for a few minutes until bright green. The water tends to cook off, so I don’t always drain them, just set them aside. Then follow as directed. However, I don’t really measure the cheese or almonds. Just use what looks good. I like a lot of almonds, so tend to use a lot more.)