Wednesday, March 20, 2013


I always fall for good looks. Cranberry beans, or borlotti beans in Italian are probably the most beautiful of all beans, with gorgeous pink streaks all over their cream background. The flavour is quite creamy and subtle, and although they are related to kidney beans, they taste totally different. I would not recommend substituting kidney beans in this recipe.

Sorry for the blah photos, but I was really short on time when I was making this stew.

Cranberry Bean, Roasted Corn, and Sweet Potato Stew
makes: 4 servings

- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
- 3 plum (or 10 cherry) tomatoes, chopped or pureed in a food processor
- 2 cups (or 1 can) cooked cranberry beans
- 3 cups vegetable stock
- 2 cups sweet potato, peeled and chopped into 1-1/2 in. cubes
- 1-1/2 cups roasted corn kernels (fresh or frozen, like the ones from Trader Joe's)
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- salt and crushed red pepper, to taste

1. In a stock pot over medium heat, sauté onions in coconut oil for a few minutes, until translucent.
2. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
3. Add sweet potato and stir, cook for 3-4 minutes.
4. Stir in smoked paprika, crushed red pepper, cumin, oregano, tomatoes, and beans, and cook for 5 minutes.
5. Add vegetable stock and 1 tsp. salt.
6. Bring to a boil, and then lower heat and simmer uncovered, for 15 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.
7. Add roasted corn and cilantro, and simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
8. Add salt and additional crushed red pepper to taste.
9. Garnish with fresh cilantro. 
10. Serve with bread, white or wild rice, quinoa, millet, or salad.

1. Add diced carrots if you have them.
2. Since olive oil is unstable and oxidizes at high heat, I use coconut oil for sauteeing usually. Unless I'm making something where the coconut oil flavour won't match the ingredients.

1 comment:

  1. This is so easy to make and tastes awesome and sooo healthy!!!