I absolutely love beans – be it chickpeas, lentils, Fava or black beans. But my favorite of them all is Cannellini. They are medium-sized white beans with firm texture, slightly nutty and creamy in flavor. Because they hold their shape so well, they’re ideal for healthy dishes such as soups, salads and stews. And as a health food aficionado, I can’t help but regularly incorporate a fair bit of these white delights in my diet.
Although Cannellini is often used in Italian cuisine, my version is Thai-inspired adding a pungent punch to the beans’ naturally creamy taste. After all, I am from Thailand and I like my food fiery and fabulous.
12-15 Cherry tomatoes (halved and lightly brushed with light olive oil)
1 tbsp Lemon juice
1 tsp grated Lemon zest
1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp Basil (finely chopped)
1 Green chilli (finely sliced with seeds)
1 tsp Coconut palm sugar (or according to your taste)
Sea salt (according to your taste)
Pre-heat oven at 180c. Place your cherry tomatoes on a baking tray lined with foil and put in the oven for approximately 30 mins (or until nicely browned). When done, let cool for 5 minutes.
Place Cannellini beans in a mixing bowl. Add all ingredients (except for the tomatoes) and stir through gently (be careful not to mush the beans).
Add the tomatoes to the bean content in the mixing bowl and stir through again gently.
Transfer to serving bowl and voila!
Try to get Cannellini beans in salt water. If you can only get them in water, you may need to add more salt. If you prefer to use dried Cannellini beans, you must soak them overnight. The next day, boil the beans for 10 minutes before reducing the heat and simmering them for 1-2 hours (or until tender). This special preparation of boiling is required to remove toxins that can cause gastric distress. Also, remember to go organic as much as you can!
Benefits in a Nutshell: Cannellini beans are high in fibre, protein, B vitamins, antioxidants and are low in fat. They are one of least glycemic beans hence do not cause large increases in sugar levels and have detoxifying