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Fast Food Greens & Beans

Posted Feb 03 2012 10:09am

I’ve been feeling a little “off” this week. I can’t pinpoint it exactly, at first I thought I was fighting a cold. Then, I blamed sleep disruption and then, finally, hormones. Whatever the reason, I am not used to not feeling my absolute best. Ever since I cleaned up my act roughly 15 months ago by eating a whole foods, plant-based diet, I have been full of energy, balanced and headache-free. That’s not to say I haven’t had the occasional health issue and I continue to battle my allergies. But a week of feeling icky? It’s been a long time since I’ve felt like this.

I don’t mean to whine, I’m actually feeling much better today and think I’m on the upswing. What it reminds me of is when I wrote about Changing My Health Destiny last October when I talked about my fear of getting sick like my dad was for many, many years. My dad passed away in December, about two and a half months after I wrote that post. He died alone because his mental and physical illnesses and his refusal and inability to help himself had driven away every single person in his life.

Sad, right? I have a reason to be scared of my health destiny but I’ve tried to transform my fear into motivation and inspiration that we have a role in our health and how we feel both mentally and physically. That’s always been my goal with this blog to communicate hope with the tools for success.

That being said, last night I just wanted something easy and simple for dinner. I had two bunches of greens from the farm stand and thought they would go great with beans and rice. I washed the greens (I used collard greens and dandelion greens):

Then I raided the pantry for my “fast food” components: diced tomatoes and green chilies:

I water-sauteed the greens for only a few minutes in a big pot:

Then I just added the tomatoes, chilies and beans. I also sprinkled some garlic powder and oregano on top:

I made a really simple topping of tahini mixed with lemon juice:

I scooped the greens and beans over brown rice and dinner was served: my version of healthy, fast food.

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Fast Food Greens & Beans – Makes 4 Servings


2 bunches greens, washed and chopped into large pieces

1 can no-salt added diced tomatoes

1 can green chilies

2 cans unsalted black beans, drained and rinsed

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon dried oregano


Heat a few tablespoons of water on high in a large pot. Add greens and reduce temperature to medium heat. After greens are slightly wilted, add remaining ingredients and simmer for several minutes until warmed through. Serve with tahini dressing over brown rice.

Tahini-lemon dressing


1/4 cup unsalted tahini

~1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice


Mix both ingredients together in a bowl.

Do you worry about your health destiny? Are you taking steps to alter your course?

Have a happy, healthy weekend!



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