Pork, bean, and greens soup
For almost 40 years I have had the habit, a bad habit some may say, of always putting myself second behind my family and friends when it comes to breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition I used to smoke (happy to say that habit died 10 years ago) and I sometimes drink a little too much.
Three years ago that lifestyle caught up to me in the form of Type 2 Diabetes.
For anyone that has or knows anything about Type 2 you know that lifestyle changes are needed if you don’t want nasty things happening or having things start to drop off. Unfortunately for me I’m pig headed and it takes time for stuff to sink in before I start to take corrective action but after three years and tons of “nagging” (and that’s a good thing) from my better half I think I have turned the corner and am on the road to good things.
This recipe, then, is from a cookbook I found that is for diabetics and the end result is really quite good.
Here’s how we do this one.
- 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onions
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 6 cups sodium reduced chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 15 ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- 4 cups cough chopped napa cabbage
- 4 cups rough chopped tuscan kale
- 3 ounces grated fresh Parmesan
Putting it all together:
- Combine pork, rosemary, black pepper, salt, paprika and cayenne pepper in a bowl.
- Heat a large dutch oven over medium high heat. Add oil to pan and coat the bottom.
- Add pork mixture and saute for 2 minutes.
- Add onion and garlic and saute for another 4 minutes.
- Add stock, tomato paste and beans. Bring to a boil
- Reduce heat and cook, partially covered, 10 minutes.
- Stir in cabbage and kale and cook for 2 minutes or until the kale is wilted and the cabbage is softened.
- Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with cheese.
There you have it another “simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond”.
Until next time……….