So this Whole30 program/diet thingy that I keep seeing everywhere..what’s up with that? Hats off to you if you tried it, it works and you love it! I am not dismissing it any way and I did think about it for a fleeting couple of seconds but there’s something about a set of rules and the fact that I must follow them. Also, different things work for different people. I do believe in eating a pretty healthy diet and try very hard to eat in moderation but not deprive myself the good stuff 🙂 I did the deprivation thing once and it was a terrible sight.
With this Whole30 thing you can eat meat, poultry, fish, veggies, fruits and some fats, like avocado. I eat all those things anyway. Good news is you can have black coffee 🙂 Ghee is allowed and I already use it in my cooking but butter has a special place in my soul. You can’t have sugar, not even maple syrup *@!?*&#*. I don’t eat cakes every day and I don’t like soda but I crave sweet and I love baking. No booze! *Grrr*. I think I’ll have a Negroni tonight. No smoking. No problem. Never done that. No bread! So, what the hell am I going to spread the butter on?! No grains! Come on, I grew up on bulgur! I love wild rice, oats, farro and corn. No beans or legumes. Again, I’m Armenian. I grew up on a diet of grains, beans and legumes. Lentils are in my blood! And this one just knocked my socks off my feet–no chickpeas! Are you kidding me? Hummus is in my veins!
That said, how fitting that I have a non-Whole30 recipe to share with you. Sausage and bean stew 🙂 A wonderful combination!
Toulouse Sausage White Bean Stew
Recipe by Marale Garabetian
1 15.5 oz can of Butter beans (drained)
1 15.5 oz can of Navy beans (drained)
2 sausages (any kind). I used Toulouse.
1 can diced tomatoes
About a cup of water
1 shallot (diced)
3-4 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 tbsp of olive oil
1 tbsp of Whoop Ass spice (or your preferred spices)
A few crushed seeds of Grains of Paradise (I could have and should have omitted this)
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped parsley for garnish
Mince the garlic and dice the shallot. In a wide skillet on medium heat, cook the garlic and onion until translucent and smells great 🙂 Remove the outer layer of the sausage and cut lengthwise. Then chop into bite size pieces. Cook the sausage for about 8-10 minutes.Drain and add the beans. Add the spices and the can of diced tomatoes.Add water, season with salt and pepper, and give it a good stir. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. Season again if necessary. Garnish with parsley and Eat!