Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Frugal Food Thursday: Garlic-Parmesan White Bean Mash

bean mash
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One of my personal goals at the beginning of the year was to lose some weight.  And as of August, I had lost almost 30 pounds!  (But I've fallen off the wagon a little since then.)  I followed the diet from the book The 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss.  Here's a summary of the diet, if you'd like to check it out.

One thing I've really missed eating is pasta with olive oil, garlic, and parmesan.  But I found a substitute described in the book that I've really enjoyed.  It's a white bean mash with the same flavors, and it's super easy to make.  And frugal, too!  I've bought white beans for 33¢ a can on sale, or you can make them from dried beans in the crockpot.  I get my spices at ALDI, which has the cheapest prices on spices in my area. And last week, I got shredded Parmesan cheese for 40¢ per container!


2 tbsp olive oil
1 15-oz can white beans (or make your own)
few drops water
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add the beans and cook for 1-2 minutes.  Mash beans with a fork.  Add water, a few drops at a time, until the beans have a mush consistency, but not too watery.  Add the garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper and mix well.  Place on a plate and top with more Parmesan cheese to taste.

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BethElderton November 3, 2011 at 10:50 AM  

This sounds wonderful! I make up half the meat in any recipe with smashed beans--white beans for chicken dishes, black beans for ground beef dishes.

Carol@easytobeglutenfree November 3, 2011 at 1:58 PM  

This sounds delicious! Sharing it on Pinterest. Thanks for hosting. Linking up with a Tuscan Chicken Stew this week.

Miz Helen November 5, 2011 at 12:04 PM  

Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
Miz Helen

Michelle B November 8, 2011 at 10:29 PM  

Visiting from Tasty Tuesday Party. This looks really good. Thanks for sharing!

April @ The 21st Century Housewife November 11, 2011 at 11:19 AM  

This sounds delicious, and really healthy too! Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul hop.

PERMANENT POSIES November 12, 2011 at 11:06 PM  

I am just now getting around to the Tuesday's Tasty Tidbit entries. Here it is almost time to have another one. I took some time to read about the diet. Congrats on your weight loss. I am trying myself....and not being terribly faithful at it. I like your pasta substitute.

Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures November 13, 2011 at 8:31 AM  

Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

Check back tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

Alea Milham November 13, 2011 at 2:20 PM  

What a delicious recipe. I can't eat gluten, so I really appreciate the flaovrs in this gluten-free dish. Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and soul Hop.

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