You guys are in store for a wild and wacky ride this morning.

I hope you’re ready.

I hope you’ve eaten breakfast.

I hope you don’t get motion sick.

You see.  Today at Eat.Live.Be. we are talking about “A Day In Our Lives” or, basically, how we’ve changed our day-to-day habits in order to achieve our goals.

So whether you like it or not, you’re going to get an inside look at the Eats Well With Others household.  Brace yourself.


I wake up every morning at 6AM.  Unless it’s Saturday or Sunday in which case, I wake up at 7AM.  Not by choice.  Then from 6AM until about 7:40, which is when I start to get ready for my 8AM class, I blog and eat breakfast.  This time is sacred.  It’s one of my favorite parts of my day.  I speak to no one. I look at no one.  No one else in our apartment exists.  (Actually, they’re all still asleep.  So it is almost like they don’t exist.)  And if someone does try to interrupt me, I look at them with the most unfriendly look that I can muster.  The one that I usually reserve for strange guys at bars.  Eventually, they take the hint and leave.  No hard feelings.

Then, from 8AM to approximately 1PM every day, I have class.  That I may or may not go to.  If it’s mandatory, I go.  If not, I go home where, depending on the rest of my day and what I have to do in the afternoon, I’ll either (a) watch lectures that I’ve missed, (b) go grocery shopping, (c) go to the gym, or (d) watch Grey’s Anatomy.  (Side note – My mother thinks it’s hysterical that I don’t go to class.  Every time I tell her, which is every time I speak to her because she constantly seems to forget, she laughs uncontrollably for at least five minutes.  Is this some kind of weird reverse psychology mothering trick that she’s trying to pull on me?  Hmm.  If it is, it’s not working.)

Eventually, I get hungry and eat lunch.  Mostly leftovers.  Unless it’s Saturday or Sunday, which is when I do my cooking for the week.  If I don’t have leftovers or some kind of plan as to what I’m going to cook, I end up making bad food choices and meandering around my kitchen eating crap while trying to decide what to eat.  Which then puts me in a terrible mood for the rest of the day.  Yeah.  I’d rather have a plan.  Even if it means I’m psychotic and controlling and anal retentive.

Then, excitingly enough, my afternoon is – MORE OF THE SAME!  Except that some days, I have physical therapy.  Yes, that is probably one of the most exciting hours of my week.  Not only do I get to be relieved from excruciating calf pain but I get to talk to someone who is not in medical school for a whole 60 minutes.  Sigh.  It’s lovely.

I typically go to the gym between 5:30 and 6PM.  I’ve really been trying to mix up my gym routine lately and so I take various classes throughout the week – Zumba on Wednesdays, Core Conditioning on Thursdays and Total Body Conditioning on Sundays.  Saturday mornings are when all of my long runs occur.  (Which means that I’m basically useless for the rest of the day and typically walk around my apartment complaining that my knees are creaking and my bones are 80+ years old.  All with a smile on my face because my serotonin and dopamine are still floating along on that runner’s high.)  Mondays and Tuesdays are just regular old gym days – biking and/or ellipticaling – and Friday is my day of rest.

For dinner, more leftovers.  And then after dinner – more studying, photo editing for the blog, and more Grey’s Anatomy.

And there you have it.  A day in the life.


Now that you have fallen asleep in the middle of a sentence and are thoroughly bored.  You might be asking yourself, “Ok.  But how has this changed since starting Eat.Live.Be.?”  In a few ways.  First of all, the gym classes. I used to do the same two things at the gym every time I went.  But taking classes keeps me motivated, gets me working out different muscles, and helps me incorporate strength training into my life (which I hate but which I need if I’m going to stay stress fracture free.)  Second of all, the planning.  If I have my fridge stocked with good healthy lunch, dinner, and snack options, then I am less likely to reach for something unhealthy and more likely to reach for an apple.  It’s all about availability.  You can’t eat what you don’t have sitting on your counter.

Want to see how the other Eat.Live.Be-ers live?  Check out their posts today!

And if you care to write a post of your own or let us know in the comments how you’ve changed your day-to-day to stay healthy, link up or leave a message in the comments!


Speaking of things that I cooked over the weekend.  I made, surprisingly enough, MORE BEANS!  I’ve really been on a vegetarian kick lately and it has left me more energized than I could have ever imagined.  Not that I’m saying I’ll never eat meat again. Or anything like that.  But I really have been loving these veg dishes.

Greek baked beans.  These are not-yo-momma’s blackstrap molasses and sugar-laden baked beans. No, no, no.  These are cooked in a dill and parsley-infused tomato sauce that has a nice kick of spice to it.  It is rustic.  Moreish, even.  And utterly addictive.  If you’re into the whole dilly tomato sauce thing.  Which, I didn’t think I was, but that Michael Symon taught me this summer that I absolutely am.  And now I can’t get enough.  Sprinkle with some feta cheese and eat with polenta, rice, barley, or even just some crusty bread.  It’ll make you happy. I swear it.


Gigantes Plaki or Greek Baked Beans
Serves 4, adapted from Closet Cooking

1 lb dried gigantes (I used Christmas Lima beans from Marxfoods!)
3 bay leaves
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
red pepper flakes, to taste
28 oz canned diced tomatoes (I used San Marzano!)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/4 cup dill, chopped
Feta cheese, for sprinkling on top (optional)

1. Soak the dried gigantes in water with the bay leaves overnight.  The next day, bring to a boil and then simmer until beans are tender, about 40-50 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to 350.  While beans are cooking, heat the oil in a pan.  Saute the onion and carrot and cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes.  Add the garlic and chili pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add in the tomatoes, paprika, and oregano and simmer until the sauce thickens, about 20 minutes.

3. Season the tomato sauce with salt and pepper to taste.  Mix in the parsley and the dill, along with the beans, and 1/2 cup of the liquid that the beans were cooking in.  Pour into a large Dutch oven or casserole dish.

4. Bake until the top is browned and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 50-60 minutes.  Garnish with feta cheese if desired.

I am submitting this to Meatless Mondays hosted by Chaya of My Sweet and Savory, Maniac Meatless Mondays hosted by Rebecca Jean of Midnight Maniac, and The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop.


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105 Responses to Greek Baked Beans (Gigantes Plaki)…Eat.Live.Be. for a Better 2011!

  1. Ummm- those are the biggest beans I have ever seen and I can’t believe I am saying this but I WANT SOME! Not a huge bean fan but you make them look so inticing and a must try. Now- just have to find where to get them! I bet addition of some orange zest or lemon basil would give it an even fresher appeal! Sorry- just got through planting my herbs and for the first time an orange and lemon tree so its on mymind! LOL! XO

  2. sofia says:

    oh, routines. we all have them, especially in food-blog-land. all that cooking and workout scheduling makes life a bit stressful, i’d say. but i do like your morning blog writing ritual. and i’m the same – don’t talk to me or i will be a cranky b. it ain’t cute.

    can you find these beans at whole foods??

  3. Nisrine M. says:

    Looks delicious and colorful. Nice varirty of beans too.

  4. elly says:

    Too funny that we both blogged this on the same day! Yours look delicious, and what a great idea to serve it over polenta!

  5. Those beans look delicious! I could eat beans instead of meat almost any day. I definitely have to plan out what to eat or my food for the week will be a disaster.

  6. Louanne says:

    My grandmother made these often during lent, and I love them, but we never ate them over polenta. Genius! I need to get to the Mediterranean grocery to buy some gigantes…

  7. MM says:

    You are right. This would make me happy!

  8. Joanne says:

    Wow, you keep a busy schedule. Sometimes when I’m in a busy mode for days on end, I find that it actually energizes me, and keeps me going to have that long to-do list, which I work my way through like a marathon.

  9. Wow! You are a busy girl, I wondered how you got it all done!
    I do my creative stuff (blog) all after hours.
    10 pm starts baking and I usually cook 4 things on a Sunday so I have a week’s worth of posts!
    Then, like Martha Stewart, I stay up all night dreaming of recipes. Insane!

  10. Kalyn says:

    I love those speckled beans!

  11. Oh i loveed the trip into the day of the household of eats well with others:-)
    And its sooo interestingly wonderful.Love how u wake up daily at 6 ,i get up any time between 5 to 8 🙂
    And cant eat leftovers , coz i have to cook almost everyday 🙁
    And these days ,the whole schedule has changed :-)Infact right now on the way to local market to pick veggies:-)in tow with mom and the gang :-)lol.
    But i have to say u do cook up a storm on sundays ,a delicious storm , and if that aint enough , a very very healthy one 🙂
    And u make me hungry , every time i come here.And with the most delicious options + super good for me.

  12. daphne says:

    i agree with the morning bit for sure!!! Sounds like your housemates are more lucky to have u to create great food for them! And that equals fun to u too! keeping fit and healthy can be fun as well 😉

    and i think having a few more vegetarian meals never hurt.

  13. Mo Diva says:

    WE have similar schedules except I dont go to school, I gont go to the gym, and I dotn blog in the morning….
    the only thing we have going is the cooking on the weekend… i guess we arent THAT similar LOL. but i love weekends for that reason, I get out my cookbooks, plan a menu and grocery shop. Coming home after work and knowing what is for dinner has truly saved me! (and my wallet)
    the beans are insanely gorgeous! I wouldnt want to cook them! they are too gorgeous for words!

  14. Eden says:

    Your like me in many ways, only I go workout around 8am and no one talks to me until 10 (after I have showered from said gym). Since I’m a personal chef, I rarely cook on weekends because I need to do other thngs besides cook!
    And you’ll never bore me, you could blog about the non-existent phone book (ie, just list out numbers) and I still think I’d read it.

  15. These gigantes look so beautiful and artistic! I had never heard of them…The recipe sounds very tasty and I like the presentation on the polenta plate 🙂

  16. Amy says:

    And now, as I write this, I know where you are and what you’re doing. And while I’m working out, I’ll know where you are and what you’re doing. And while I’m eating lunch… wow. It’s like we can stalk each other over the computer. Sweet.

    Beans! “Beans, beans. The magical fruit. The more you eat, the more you toot.”

  17. chrysta says:

    So cool! I have always wanted to try christmas lima beans but I cant find them around here. Gotta get online and order me up some so I can make this dish. I think beans are something I could eat everyday. Love them. hope you had a great weekend!

  18. Honest to God Joanne – I do not know how you do it all! I too, like to cook on the weekends so to have things for the week!

    I have been trying to mix up my workouts too, keeps it interesting I guess!

    This dish and these pictures, as always wonderful!!!

  19. Ada says:

    Oh my gosh, these look like some amazing beans! And so healthy, too.

    It’s so fun to read about your day-to-day schedule. It’s comforting to know that in med school you still have time to squeeze in a daily workout and enjoy life a bit:)

  20. Going to class is highly overrated. those beans are so unique!

  21. That Girl says:

    I’m just so incredibly jealous you’re done with school at 1. That’s usually about the time I start thinking “how many hours of work do I have left?”

  22. Tasha says:

    I just happen to have some Christmas beans hanging out in my freezer. This recipe sounds like a perfect use fot them, and I love how you served it over polenta!

  23. Dawn says:

    God this looks SO good. If it comes from Kevin AND you it must be doubly amazing.

  24. Gorgeous beans! I miss the gym and all the fab classes I used to take back at Sportsclub LA. I typically reserved money for yoga instead, but I did love those months I splurged on such a fancy awesome gym!

  25. It was fun to read about a typical day in your life! And am I to infer that you’re able to watch all your med school lectures online? Because that kicks butt.

  26. sra says:

    That ring of blue and those colours inside the bowl – it’s like a watercolour or something!

  27. Megan says:

    I recently discovered gigante beans and love them. This sounds like a fabulous way to serve them. I wish I could be as structured as you… at least with the gym part. During the middle of the day, I always have these big plan to go after work. But then after work comes, and I am too exhausted. Sigh.

  28. Shannon says:

    love the looks of those beans, I need to find them!! i’m with you, i need my food planned, otherwise it’s bad news bears 🙂 i’ve been on the early shift again, but i like to workout in the am too!

  29. Fimère says:

    un plat charmant cela me semble délicieux
    à bientôt

  30. Swathi says:

    These baked beans looks delicious. I love the natural designs on the beans.You are right,I follow same routine everyday except some baking.

  31. Miriam says:

    Fabulous meal, the most accurate adjective is “wow!” [email protected]Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  32. This looks amazing!! If I don’t plan my meals, I’m a big foodie mess, too 🙂

    I always thought med students would be in class non-stop and not be able to skip any of them! I love that your mom laughs 🙂


  33. Hehe love the insight on your daily life! This dish looks fantastic, I love the flavours!

  34. Loved reading about a day in your life.I also like to have a “me” time in the mornings when I can be darn rude to hubby even 🙂
    This looks a healthy bean meal-I am a beans fan so would try this out for sure.

  35. Mary says:

    Joanne, this dish is really interesting. I’ll have to search our those beans. It is such a healthy dish, I’m not sot surprised it appeals to you. You have some pretty tightly scheduled days. I suspect you no longer can define bored. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  36. Kimberley says:

    1. I am incredibly impressed by your work ethic.
    2. You consistently have awesome, yummy, healthy recipes and I need to make one ASAP. Can’t believe I haven’t yet. They’re totally inspiring.

  37. My favorite Greek restaurant does a Gigantes Plaki dish that I absolutely love. This one looks delicious–I do so adore my beans and have been eating and craving vegetarian/vegan fare lately too.

    That’s quite a schedule–you do an amazing job of fitting everything in. 😉

  38. polwig says:

    Wow you are so well organized and go good with your food and lifestyle choices. That was never me in college, and I am certain that med school would make me live it up (in a bar) even more. The beans look amazing and just like you I am totally on a bean kick lately, actually just finishing a post about beans. Great minds think alike

  39. Ashlea says:

    whoa, those giant beans look delicious! What great and healthy food that you always make!

  40. I love the look of those beans! I have never seen them so colourful like that.
    Great healthy choices – your exercising is always inspirational too. I am all for good go-to nibblies in the fridge.

  41. thanks for sharing your day with us and this delicious recipe.

  42. Corina says:

    Those beans look so pretty. I wish I’d made a big bowl of beans like that for my lunches this week.

  43. Tammy says:

    Hello Joanne!! Your bean dish sounds wonderful. I love how you soaked the beans with bay leaves, we have never tried that before. All those colors are so pretty and healthful- its calling me through my monitor! 🙂
    I linked up my latest post- which ironically is about how I’m starting to bake healthier recipes!


  44. Interesting reading, and I didn’t fall asleep halfway through. You start and end the day with food blogging, fun!

  45. What sexy beans! Black and pinto beans don’t stand a chance next to these beauties.

  46. Mo 'Betta says:

    I’m psychotic and controlling and anal retentive! and I’d love some of the polenta 🙂 I’m trying to like more veggies, really I am. I even ate black beans. A lot of them. Ok, yes, they were in the form of brownies, but still, I ate them. And your day sounds young and fun and reminds me of my college days. *sigh* I’m gettin’ old yo.

  47. Julie says:

    the gorgeousness of this dish is amazing. oh my gawd. i like couldn’t stop going back up to look at the colors of the first picture!

    i miss my alone time mornings 🙁 i enjoy them on the weekends but van is around smacking and making messes so its just not the same haha. but a peaceful breakfast time is just perfection in a nut shell!

  48. Ooo we had a similar dish in Greece and loved it. It would be nice to make it at home, just need to find those giant beans 🙂

  49. I have a pretty routine day-to-day which would probably put most of my readers to sleep (maybe except for my mom? haha). These beans look scrumptious. Scrumptious!

  50. Patsyk says:

    I love hearing that someone else is trying different things when it comes to exercise! I think changing things up keeps it interesting enough to stick with it!

  51. Wow we are like the same person! Except for the whole med school thing, of course. I like to make all of my meals for the week on the weekends because otherwise I make bad choices when I’m hungry and the fridge is empty. I also like to mix up my excersize routines… sometimes zumba, sometimes yoga, sometimes my insanity or p90x dvds. And the rest of the week is boring with school and work stuff.

    Oh, and because of my bean love affair. These beans are literally calling my name!

    BTW I made a totally basterdized version of the Cannellini al Gratin you posted last week and it was delicious.

    Ok, I’m done taking over your comment wall LOL

  52. Loved reading this window into your life. Thanks for sharing!

  53. I’ll admit it–I fell asleep but I woke up when my forehead banged against the edge of my desk. It was just in time to see the recipe for these delicious looking beans. Believe it or not, I have every ingredient on hand except for the dill which I wouldn’t use anyway. Yes, indeedy, I even have the Christmas limas. If my forehead wasn’t throbbing so, I take a photo and post it.


  54. This looks delicious!! I often keep myself vegetarian on weekdays because meats make me feel heavy and I become unproductive after dinner. Ps your day in the life sounds a lot like mine was 2 years ago. Oh the joys of not having to be anywhere.

  55. aipi says:

    Those are fascinating looking beans..never seen them around you got mec curious.

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  56. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    The next time I complain about my life and how I’m busy I’m going to think of you. You live one crazy busy life!

  57. Victoria says:

    You’re so much healthier than I am. You’re cooking beans and I’m making bacon. You’re going to the gym, and I’m sitting on my ass. I am surely your evil counterpart.

  58. Johanna GGG says:

    wow that is an impressive routine – I have tried the gym and get too bored – my best exercise is getting somewhere on my bike – this it is transport and I can cope with that. But I totally understand that picking if you are not organised about food – that is why my renovations are driving me crazy because I can’t organise any food at the moment – can’t wait to have a fully functioning kitchen again.

    And those beans are beautiful – am so happy to see you enjoying your vegetarian food because you are posting some wonderful vegetarian recipes that I can cook – and quite frankly, although I am 100% veg, I think if more people just ate more veg even if not 100% it would be better for our health and the environment

  59. I used to grow that bean in my garden. I should do that again this year. The plaki looks delicious by the way.

  60. You have not included spending time with friends in your dauly routine, just avoiding them…wink. Actually I don’t see how you would have time to cook and blog at all, but we love that you do!!

  61. janet says:

    GO BEANS GO! I have my Kalustyan’s stock of beans, including 2 lbs of Christmas Lima beans, so this looks like a great way to use them! I have heard such good things about Christmas lima beans, and I love the giant lima beans, so I am excited to try new recipes… Keep up with your vegetarian (and bean) kick, Joanne!

    I love how your morning ritual is go sacred. You, go, girl! 🙂 I also love classes at the gym since it pushes me to go further than I would otherwise and I find the variety very stimulating for my body. The biking season is ALMOST here.. I took my bike out this weekend, but tonight it is supposed to snow. 🙁

  62. Suman Singh says:

    This looks healthy and delicious..enjoy reading your post everytime..thanks for sharing!

  63. OohLookBel says:

    Do you mean to say, you cook all that food on weekends? Considering how regularly you blog, that’s just epic! I love your photos, so you must spend some time on setting up and taking the pics? Anyway, speaking of great pics, the beans on polenta look really delicious.

  64. Really looks fantastic and I’m not even a fan of Lima beans!

  65. marla says:

    I loved reading about your day. Being busy with things you love is the best thing ever. My morning blog time is very sacred too. That is why I wake at 4am. To be alone 🙂
    Never have had greek baked beans – but this dish looks amazing!

  66. i don’t quite understand how you made beans look this appetizing, but i need to make this.

    p.s. i can’t believe you have to wake up so early every morning! good for you – the city feels so nice and quiet around 6am 🙂

  67. Love that you’re a Zumba addict too! Those beans look delish, so hearty and I’m sure full of flavor.

  68. First, thanks for linking this to My Meatless Mondays. I can’t get over the photos of the beans. All those colors.

    Feta cheese is a perfect match for beans.

  69. Astra Libris says:

    I truly, truly admire the routine of your routine! Zach (my fiance) is graduating from med school in May, and he had a pretty similar routine for when he was taking classes – study, study, study, work out, study, study, play guitar, study, study. I’m always so impressed that you also find time to blog so eloquently and cook so elegantly. Zach also didn’t go to class unless it was mandatory! 🙂 Class on video, where you can pause the video whenever you need to take notes, in the comfort of your own home, is infinitely superior! And oooooohhhhh, these gigantes… You know me and legumes… I get very excited… Lots of Ooohing and ahhhhing going on over here… 🙂 P.S. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! 🙂

  70. Your daily routine sounds so busy! You are one organized girl. I am amazed, like the blogger above me, to realize that you still have the time for such gorgeous cooking. Thanks for sharing yet another yummy, and healthy, recipe.

  71. Peggy says:

    These are definitely the kind of baked beans that I would rather have! Beautiful and awesome – as usual!

  72. I am such a fan of any kind of bean. My friends make fun of me sometimes, but I am always throwing some in my cart. Good protein and as a runner I need that.

  73. I love the intro with your bit about your quiet time blogging! nice set of beans !

  74. I also like to plan my meals, otherwise I end up eating sooooooo bad! I’m trying different classes at the gym, but I’m too afraid of Zumba. I can’t keep up with the class, for sure… 🙂

    Camila F.

  75. Sippity Sup says:

    Beautiful Beans, Beautiful Colors, Amazing Textures! But this Zumba thing is new to me… I wonder if my gym has it? GREG

  76. It was fun (and exhausting) reading about your day! I think you have enough energy for two people. Wanna share some? Actually, those beans just might do the trick – what a great-sounding dish. I love the color of the uncooked beans – they beautiful!

  77. Allison says:

    I love the gigantes. YUM. Glad the E.L.B is keeping you motivated. I had a total back step and I am trying to refocus. You have crazy days!

  78. Kristen says:

    Those may just be the most beautiful dried beans I have ever seen. Have you tried Anasazi beans yet?

  79. Dana says:

    Where did you find those beans?? I’ve only ever seen the big ones that are white and even they are hard to find around these parts. Nice to hear that you are slowly coming over to my side… 🙂

  80. Hi Jo jo, you didn’t say what time you go to sleep!!! Cheater! 😉 I know I have to get more schedule into my life. I tend to float from one thing to another and then rush to get the rest done. It works for me, but some things do fall by the way side typically and I need to adjust that. I love these beans! My daddy is greek and we have certainly had our share of greek beans! I am linking a great spring dandelion greens recipe! Big hugs! Alex

  81. It looks delicious, and healthy too:)

  82. Deborah says:

    I haven’t been to the gym since my daughter was born, and I truly miss it. Now I’m trying to figure out a way to get back with 2 kids – yikes!!

    Those beans are gorgeous. This dish sounds like something that I’d love!!

  83. Gorgeous looking beans. You’re inspiring me to be a little more focused especially about working out.

  84. tigerfish says:

    Sounds like a day well-spent! And you could still create superb dishes amidst the busy schedule. Superwoman!

  85. Cara says:

    yum! I totally fell in love with giant beans in dilly-tomato sauce when I was in Greece last summer. You’ve brought me back!

  86. Reeni says:

    Just putting the word Greek in front of these makes me immediately love them even though I’ve never had these kind of beans! You are so right about having a plan on what to eat – otherwise I do the same thing – wander around eating things I don’t really want – opening and closing cabinets – then I feel totally unsatisfied and mad at myself!

  87. Oh look at them beans, love the colors!
    I remember skipping all classes that I could possibly skip. Heheheh. I owe myself a lot of good zumba classes these days, I really have to find the time to go. I am generally torn between that and spending more time with baby Marcus. I hardly cook on weekdays anymore, but I try to make something for the blog on weekends….

  88. Chris says:

    Sounds like a great bowl of beans, definitely not the “baked beans” I grew up on and that’s a great thing!

  89. Kim says:

    Your schedule and my schedule sound very similar:) I love the idea that you can watch lectures at home.

    Those beans have won my heart. Look how pretty they are! I’m loving the looks of the beans served over polenta. Now that is some good eats!

  90. Karena says:

    As I read your post I was getting hungrier and hungrier!! Wonderful!

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  91. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing.

  92. Katerina says:

    Elephant beans are among my favorite legumes and I love to eat them in any way cooked! You made a delicious tweak of this dish Joanne!

  93. Elizabeth says:

    I had to laugh at your description of your day. That sounds so much like my day when I was in law school (minus blogging). I’ve seen this Greek bean recipe a few different times over the past few days and I’m very intrigued – it looks great!

  94. grace says:

    what pretty beans! i like how you’ve served them over polenta–very tasty idea. thanks for sharing your daily routine with us–i find it all very interesting.

  95. theUngourmet says:

    I loved reading about your day. You are so energetic! 🙂

    These beans are way cool! I’d love to give this dish a try soon.

    Have a great Thursday!

  96. Nicole, RD says:

    I miss being a student! My husband used to yell at me for not going to class. Whatev, homie. He’s just jealous he had to go to class to pass 🙂 Or at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I miss my gym membership, but THANK THE LORD there’s a brand new Y opening a mile from our house..okay, maybe it’s 2 miles, but close! I miss classes and the diversity of working out. I love my home gym with my own 42″ TV and remote with DVR, but people and variety are better 🙂

  97. Ooh, wow. Yes please, I’d love some of these.

  98. Your day is making me want to take a nap and I am just leaving for work 🙁 This dish however is making me hungry and I just happen to have some Christmas beans 🙂

  99. I’d have to say that you are an absolute master at the art of photograpy. Absolutely amazing pictures and recipe.

    Thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

  100. You are truly my hero, Dr. Joanne! This dish inside of that polenta looks absolutely brilliant! The flavours and textures and economy of the delicious nutritious food is compelling and stunning. I cannot get this bean here. I have seen it during my travels and have brought it home (gone now) but can definitely substitute it. However, this is a gorgeous pillowy bean. LOVE this dish. LOVE IT.

  101. Marisa says:

    Love the pretty patterns on those raw beans! And man the final dish sounds gooooooooooooooood – so flavourful.

  102. Yaey I loved reading your day in the life thing. 🙂 I love dill but I’m not sure about dill and tomato. However you do make it look very delicious so I will try and find some gigante beans!

  103. Marisa says:

    Made this last night with some tinned butter beans and it was so so good! I can see its going to become a regular in our dinner rotation.

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