Beans and greens are popular in the southern U.S., but did you know they are eaten all the time in the Mediterranean? Mediterranean Diet recipes with greens and beans are cooked in extra virgin olive oil and are usually vegan.
You’re definitely going to want to use a lot of extra virgin olive oil for this dish because that’s where most of the flavor comes from. You can use whatever greens are available to you. I recommend swiss chard, collard greens, spinach, or dandelion greens, but any greens will work.
In the Mediterranean, they use the greens that are in season. A very recent study just found that eating greens daily slows cognitive decline considerably. It’s well known that dark leafy greens are very healthy for you, but this is more proof to eat them daily. I love this dish because it’s filling and satisfying.
George studied International Business in Greece in 2015 for three semesters. His family is from the island of Crete, and he lived with them for a whole summer. During that time, he started working for Mediterranean Living and contributing his firsthand experiences of the traditional Cretan diet. He learned fluent Greek along the way, being fully immersed in a traditional Cretan village. He is since graduated with a business degree from Worcester State University. George loves language and traveling, so he completed a TEFL certificate program at the Boston Language Institute in order to teach English abroad and travel the world. He currently works full-time blogging, recipe formulating, and social media marketing for Mediterranean Living. His passions include language, gardening, hiking, skateboarding, and watching sports. He dreams of living in Crete one day, after he travels the world learning as many languages and cultures as possible.