I think we can all agree that in the realm of bloggerdom, I don’t exactly fit into the minimalist niche.

5-ingredient-fix, 5-dollar-dinners.  Not my thing.

I mean really.  If we’re putting it bluntly.

I have a well-stocked spice cabinet and I know how to use it.


And then, to throw a wrench in my best-laid spice blends.  Along came Heidi.

Somehow.  Some way. Heidi Swanson manages to combine six of the most basic ingredients known to man.

Potatoes.  White beans.  Cabbage.  Red onion.  Olive oil.  Parmesan cheese.

All things you probably already have on hand. (Or can buy for about a dollar a pound.)

And turns them into a miraculously delicious comfort food.

So incredibly addictive.  That it might even make you think about paring down your spice cabinet to the “bare essentials”.  Going from six shelves to four.  Asking yourself if you really need eight different kinds of curry powder. (The answer is invariably yes. But at least you’ve done some introspection.  That counts for something,  right?)

Or, um.  Something like that.


This week at Eat.Live.Be. we’re talking about summer!

And personally, I’m excited about it.  I’m excited about the CSA that I’ll be getting starting in June.  I’m excited about marathon training and running outside and getting so tan I don’t even know what to do with myself.

And I’m excited about more recipes like this.  Recipes that are filled with produce that is so delicious that you don’t even need anything to make them taste good.  Unadulterated.  Food at it’s finest.

Check out the other Eat.Live.Be-ers to see what excites them about summer!

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White Beans and Cabbage
Serves 4, adapted from Super Natural Every Day

2 tbsp olive oil
4 oz potatoes, unpeeled, scrubbed and cut into tiny cubes
1 large shallot, thinly sliced
1 cup dried white beans, soaked and cooked
8 oz finely shredded green cabbage
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

1. Pour the olive oil into a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the potatoes and a big pinch of salt.  Toss, cover, and cook until potatoes are cooked through, about 5-8 minutes.  Be sure to scrape the pan and toss the potatoes once or twice so that all sides get browned.

2. Stir in the shallot and the beans.  Let the beans cook in a single layer for a few minutes, until they brown a bit.  Then scrape and toss again.  Cook until the beans are lightly brown and crispy on all sides.

3. Stir in the cabbage and cook for another minute, until the cabbage loses its structure.  Serve dusted with parmesan.


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77 Responses to White Beans and Cabbage…Eat.Live.Be.

  1. Ada says:

    Yay, I’m the first comment lol! Another awesome recipe. Cabbage is so inexpensive and tasty, yet it is SO underutilized. I love how simple, yet fabulous, this recipe seems. Have a safe flight back from Cali:)

  2. I adore this combination of ingredients and say yes you have done it again!

  3. bellini says:

    We look forward to all that summer brings here at Eats Well With Others Joanne. I have figured out a way to comment since Blogger has not found a fix. Perhaps now that the Memorial Day long weekend is over:D

  4. I’m pretty sure I could eat this every night for dinner! Simple recipes like this are just so perfect for summer.

  5. Last week, I think I made 5 recipes to go through 1 green cabbage. It was glorious! Love it! This week, I am exploring flageolet beans. Love them, too. So much better than the other white beans. Anyways, this looks great. Sometimes simple things taste best. 🙂

  6. Pam says:

    I am paring down my spice cabinet. I just have too much and spend too much time just staring at it, and feeling guilty because I don’t use it enough.

  7. Corina says:

    Yum! summer comfort food. I definitely couldn’t live without my spice cupboard – It’s one of the best ways of varying taste and flavours. The same ‘main’ ingredients can taste completely different with a different blend of spices.

  8. Lea Ann says:

    I think this sounds fabulous.

  9. wow! amazing, i didn’t know that white beans could look that good and cabbage- not a fan unless in coleslaw but I could see myself doing this!

  10. Simply Life says:

    ah, her recipes are great, huh?! This looks great! I’m excited about my first CSA as well!

  11. That really does look so good! I’m going to make it this week, usually I just saute the cabbage, so boring!

  12. Adrienne says:

    I am 100% convinced I need to get Heidi’s book now. Mmmmm…gotta love cabbage and beans (I don’t think a lot of people can say that haha)

  13. daphne says:

    cabbage and beans? wow! that looks better than what it sounds- seriously!!!!You made two easy ingredients stand out just like that.

  14. I am always looking for a good simple cabbage recipe. This looks awesome!

    I only have 3 kinds of curry powder.

  15. This looks fantastic! I am not much of a simple cook myself, but these wholesome and fresh ingredients look like an interesting flavor combination.

  16. Eden says:

    Did you really just put beans and cabbage in the same dish! I better sleep alone tonight or laugh immaturely at myself very time I fart.
    But I still love you.

  17. Amy says:

    That just might be the shortest recipe and shortest post in Joanne history! This is right up my alley…you know I’m all about simple and fast. I have a lot of spices too. All those years sans meat will do that to you.

  18. Chris says:

    No, you don’t need eight kinds of curry powder. That’s just silly.

    A dude with 17 jars of BBQ rubs in his pantry.

  19. I’ve had sort of something similar but without cheese. Interesting idea. Summer – great for running and therefore guilt free consumption of higher calorie food!

  20. Mary says:

    This is the kind of dish I love and never tire of. It looks wonderful, Joanne. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  21. MM says:

    There are people who actively seek recipes with short ingredient lists, passing over those that look too long. And then there are people who shun the simple ones. That would be me. I have this idea that because we love bold flavors, simple isn’t going to work for us. And that’s just wrong. I know it. I really do.

    The title makes the dish seem a little dull. This would probably be one of those “simple” recipes I’d fly right past. But (as usual) your pictures change all that! Thanks!

  22. Kristen says:

    Sounds great, but I would probably add a little curry 😉

  23. Veronica says:

    I love Heidi’s recipes! This one sounds like a winner–adding it to my “to make” list.

  24. I love your self-awareness (and the humor that you bring to your revelations! Definitely keeps me coming back. I hope you have a cookbook of your own in your future endeavors!) Love heidi for the simplicity of her veggies!

  25. Anonymous says:

    I like cabbage and potatoes cooked together, so I can imagine the improvement from the beans and parmesan.

  26. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, I love this dish. Incredibly simply and delicious. Have a wonderful and blessed day. Catherine xo

  27. Nisrine M. says:

    Cabbage and beans? I would have never thought of combining these two. I like what I see.

  28. Julie says:

    I seriously love cabbage. I need this soon. Throw a few brats on top and you’ve got yourself a bowl of heaven I’d say!

  29. I love this! You’re right, it’s so simple but it looks delicious. I’d never have thought to combine those ingredients but the end result looks so good.

  30. Another great use of cabbage! Simple and delicious!

  31. Miriam says:

    You go girl! And the meal looks COMPLETELY perfect! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  32. Victoria says:

    Cabbage is one of those things that tastes way better than I expected it to taste as a child, along with the 5274 other things I refused to eat growing up. This looks delicious (though I’m sure it will clean out your colon like whoa, teehee). Maybe I will see you this week?? Maybe Friday?? Will you be around in the AM?

  33. Lillian says:

    I can’t wait to make this!! I will just have to buy a cabbage…I am there.

  34. aipi says:

    I am one cabbage lover ~ I usually make cabbage curry with yellow gram lentils and I am really glad to have found a new cool recipe to try! 🙂
    US Masala

  35. Pierce says:

    I like that – Eat. Live. Be. And of course I always like your recipes and meals. Especially your stories 🙂

  36. I love that I can stay in touch with summer by reading your blog even though its freezing here! lol
    Such a fresh and simple dish but def packed with flavour. I love parmesan cheese!

  37. Julie says:

    your summer excitement makes me crazy excited tooooooo!! i’m excitedd for the farmers markets out east to get poppppppiinnnn hahaha

  38. Tasha says:

    While I never shy away from complex recipes, I have been loving the simple ones lately. And what better time of the year to go simple. This recipe sounds wonderful.

  39. Candace says:

    This looks simply delicious!

  40. Love cabbage..usually I pair it with peas but beans sound so healthy!Even I do not like those 5 ** specials– mostly a bland shortcuts..rarely I have seen good recipes.Love this dish- simple & yummy!

  41. tigerfish says:

    I enjoy a simple good delicious dish like this too. I mean, all the ingredients are easily available to me 🙂

  42. Swathi says:

    Cabbage, white beans and potato salad looks delicious. I usually make stirfry with cabbage. I haven’t tried any salad recipe though.

  43. aki! says:

    I have a lack of cooking ability, so simple dishes are my absolute favorite.

  44. Vivienne says:

    haha u have 8 diff types of curry powder? good on you haha 🙂 ive also bought heidi’s new cookbook and cant wait to try out all the deliciousness!

  45. girlichef says:

    I think it’s okay for a girl to throw a little delicious simplicity into the midst of her excesses 😉 It definitely looks and sounds tasty.

  46. marla says:

    Hey you! I always think the same thing when I look at Heidi’s cookbooks. So few ingredients and the magic she creates is amazing. This cabbage looks wonderful (as does everything you & Heidi cook up) I think you need a Eats Well With Others cookbook, would be a HUGE hit 🙂 xo

  47. I do love simple recipes in the summer. This looks wonderful. How do you manage to make cabbage look so beautiful???

  48. Hannah says:

    Nothing wrong in being a part-time minimalist… In fact, I think that’s the best approach. It’s all about balancing flexibility and creativity. 🙂 You’ve certainly pulled it off nicely here!

  49. Faith says:

    This looks so good, Joanne! My recipes usuallly aren’t very minimalist either, but there are times when a recipe just needs a couple really good ingredients to make it shine. I’m totally craving cabbage now, lol!

  50. Shannon says:

    i don’t know about getting good parm for $1/lb, but this looks fantastic 🙂 i’m doing a csa this year too! starts next week and i can’t wait!

  51. teresa says:

    oh YUM! it looks so clean and healthy, but so flavorful and hearty at the same time. fabulous dish!

  52. Yum! I love cabbage . . . even though it can be stinky at times.

  53. Nadji says:

    Chou et haricots : un mélange délicieux.
    J’aime beaucoup.
    See soon.

  54. Stephanie says:

    This is a really great recipe. Easy, but still full of flavor. And, it’s a great alternative for the usual mashed potatoes or other starch.

  55. A simple, fresh and tasty summer salad! I think I could even use the rest of the vinaigrette I made last time.

  56. Pam says:

    6 ingredients? Love it!

  57. Nicole says:

    Looks great, but don’t think i could cook cabbage in a frying pan – i know, branch out honey… but i’ll just look at yours and say, i bet that is damn yummy!

  58. That does sound like a flavorful combo, and Heidi is amazing at creating such simple recipes! I really need to get her books.

  59. Maria says:

    I adore Heidi’s recipes, will have to try this one too!

  60. NEVER would have thought to put this together. I’ll have to try it. seems easy enough.

  61. Juliana says:

    Nice dish with white beans, cabbage and potatoes…looks very tasty topped with the parmesan…yummie. Have a great week Joanne 🙂

  62. It does look delicious…I may spice it up a tad, but I love the beans and cabbage in one dish 🙂

  63. That looks exquisite: so fresh, healthy and colourful. I love the ingredients you’ve used as well.

    Ps. Those cookie dough cupcakes in your last post are really tempting me! I think I’ll have to save that recipe for sure 🙂

  64. Reeni says:

    Everything in here I eat on a steady basis – just never combined them all into one. Funny how things can be right under your nose but you don’t connect the dots! LOVE this!

  65. The combination of cabbage, potatoes, and white beans sounds very tasty for sure.

  66. That is amazing! I just made a dish from Heidi’s Super Natural Cooking with white beans that you’ll be seeing soon 🙂 This one sounds wonderful!

  67. Carolyn Jung says:

    That does look good and hearty. I have a copy of that book, too, and can’t wait to start cooking from it.

  68. Little Inbox says:

    Simple and yet nutritious!

  69. El says:

    This looks sensational. So fresh and healthy!

  70. Johanna GGG says:

    Sounds yummy but I am with you when it comes to minimalism – I don’t do simple well and am amazed when an ingredient list is short but this one looks delicious – enjoy summer (though my mum and dad are in washington right now and say it is very very hot)

  71. This is totally a new way for two Southern folks to see cabbage. What a great idea. You keep a lot of texture to the cabbage this way. Might have to try this for the summer!

  72. Kim says:

    I just happened to read Chris’s comment and cracked up. Oh boy…

    This dish has everything going for it. Delicious, healthy, simple, economical…..and dang good!

  73. Comfy Cook says:

    YES!!!! I can see this becoming a favorite, immediately. I love your healthy meals. Oh, heck, I love all your meals.

    Are you looking for a job as a private chef? I can’t afford you.

  74. That Girl says:

    Hmmm perhaps it’s not the ingredients but the chef that makes the dish.

  75. This cookbook is sitting on my bookshelf staring at me and I am pretty cure I tagged this recipe to make. It looks so simple and delicious. 😉

  76. Wende says:

    Hi! This looks like a fantastic recipe…can’t wait to give it a try. I shared your recipe on my Must Try Tuesday blog post.

    Thanks for sharing a great recipe!


  77. Love the simplicity of this! It’s not something that would usually appeal to me but with your glowing recommendation, it makes me want to try it.

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