Being a nice-s’Italian girl but wanting a healthier option than the traditional pasta dishes, I’ve created this whole grain version of pastafagioli. In place of pasta, substitute in heart healthy barley or triticale. It is also a grain so low on the glycemic index that even diabetics can eat it w/o causing an insulin rush. Kidney beans are a good food for strengthening the kidneys and bladder. This is a great warming dish for winter and it’s quick and easy to make.
1 can organic tomato paste
1 can organic beans (kidney, pinto)
1 red pepper
2 garlic cloves (optional)
sprinkle of salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, parsley, basil (any or all of these)
1 cup whole grain barley or triticale
1 stick kombu seaweed for nutrients and for digestibility of beans
Saute’ in oil-cut up onions, carrots, peppers. Add can tomato paste and 1 cup water. Rinse beans from can and then add them in. Add 2-3 cans of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer w/cover slightly open for 30-40 minutes.
No need to cook whole grain separately, just rinse it good and add 1 cup to bean mixture, let simmer for 30 minutes more til grain is cooked.
You’re done! Serve it w/bread and side of sautéed greens or salad.
If you use fresh beans, soak beans overnite in water. Drain and rinse them again before cooking.