Fresh Cranberry Beans and an Announcement

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Fresh Cranberry Beans with Lemon and Oregano | Wheat-Free Meat-Free

Our little market had something I hadn’t yet seen in the few years we’ve lived here: fresh cranberry beans. I had never cooked fresh beans before, so I was excited to get my first chance. And cranberry beans are just screaming to be made into a blog post since they’re so pretty and quite photogenic.

Fresh Cranberry Beans with Oregano and Lemon

  • 1 pound fresh cranberry beans
  • 1 well-packed tablespoon fresh oregano
  • zest of half a lemon
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
  1. Start by shelling the beans. (1 pound yielded about 1 1/2 cups shelled beans.)
  2. Put the beans in a medium-sized saucepan. Fill with enough water to cover the beans by an inch. Cover and heat over high heat until boiling. Add about 1 teaspoon of salt. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 30 minutes — until beans are soft.
  3. Drain the beans, then toss with the oregano, lemon zest, salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve immediately.

Serves 1-2

Despite the fact that I just instructed you to “serve immediately,” after further testing is has been confirmed that the beans are quite good chilled as well.

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Now onto the announcement. We have a new blogger! My sister, Larissa, asked if she could contribute recipes. You might recall her from the carrot cake recipe. Like me, Larissa does not require a gluten-free diet. However, our grandma has Celiac disease so she does gluten-free baking from time to time. She also just likes to cook. I figured the more recipes the merrier. I look forward to seeing what she whips up and I hope you do too. :D

Looking for More Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes?

Take a look at my book, The Wheat-Free Meat-Free Cookbook: 100 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes.

A sampling of the recipes included:
  • Breakfasts: Cinnamon Quinoa Muffins, Yeasted Waffles, Gooey Butter Cake,
  • Sides: Patatas Bravas, Pea and New Potato Salad, Braised Celery,
  • Mains: Corn Waffle Sandwiches, Enchiladas with Green Sauce, Pesto Asparagus Galette, and
  • Desserts: Blueberry Mango Crisp, Baklava Rolls, Amaretto Cake.

You can see the full recipe list on the Amazon page.


Comments

  1. I’ve never seen cranberry beans. How pretty!

    Welcome, Larissa! I’m looking forward to seeing what you whip up, too!

    Debbi

  2. Thanks Debbi! I’m very excited and cannot wait to share a few recipes.

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