The Calm(ing) Comfort Food before the Storm

Greens on Top: If you put your side dish atop of your entree, is it still a side dish?

We spent today indoors. Though Hurricane Irene hasn’t hit yet, we couldn’t be bothered to go anywhere. Good thing we ran our errands yesterday to be prepared. We heard that stores were either closed or were madhouses today.

With the rain coming down this evening, Artichoke wanted to make a hearty pasta dish with Great Northern beans. Since we had some mixed greens that needed to be cooked,  I thought they would be great to have as a side dish. Nothing like a delicious, warming meal on a day like today.

To our fellow East Coasters, stay safe and stay dry!

Brown Rice Spaghetti with Great Northern Beans
Source: Artichoke’s “Hurricane Irene” Whip-Up
Serves: 4-6


  • 1 box brown rice spaghetti (1 lb.)
  • 1 Tbsp.  olive oil or cooking spray
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 15oz cans of Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 c. vegetable broth
  • 1/2 Tbsp. parsley
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt (substitute) and black pepper to taste


  1. Prepare pasta according to package instructions. When ready, drain and rinse pasta
  2. In a large saucepan, saute onions in olive oil until translucent. Add beans, broth, parsley and garlic powder
  3. Bring to a boil. Cover saucepan with a lid, then lower heat. Simmer for 10-15 minutes
  4. Serve over pasta, or toss pasta into bean mixture. Sprinkle salt and black pepper over dish

Mac’s Sauteed Mixed Greens
Source: The Food Duo’s Love of Pasta, Beans and Greens
Serves: 2-4


  • 1 Tbsp.  olive oil or cooking spray
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped 
  • 1lb mixed greens, chopped with stems (optional)
  • 2 c. vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp. horseradish
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Mrs. Dash or salt substitute
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil a medium saucepan, and add onions. Saute until onions start to “sweat”
  2. Toss greens with the onions and pour over the vegetable broth. Stir in the horseradish, garlic powder and Mrs. Dash
  3. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until liquid is absorbed

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