A side salad in the slow cooker: crazy or brilliant? We say brilliant. Add pistachios at the end for some crunch with creamy avocados and tender carrots.

Source: Midwest Living


Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr
7 hrs to 8 hrs (low) or 3 1/2 to 4 hours (high)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Rinse beans; drain. In a 4- to 5-quart Dutch oven combine beans and enough water to cover beans by 2 inches. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. Rinse and drain beans.

  • In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine the soaked beans, carrots, onion, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Pour stock over mixture in cooker.

  • Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. If desired, remove 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid; set aside. Drain bean mixture; discard any remaining cooking liquid. Return bean mixture to the hot cooker. Stir in spinach, lemon peel, and lemon juice. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.

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  • Transfer bean mixture to a serving platter. Top with avocado, cheese, and pistachios. If desired, drizzle with enough of the reserved cooking liquid to moisten. If desired, serve with lemon wedges. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts

319 calories; total fat 9g; saturated fat 2g; polyunsaturated fat 2g; monounsaturated fat 4g; cholesterol 4mg; sodium 498mg; potassium 1029mg; carbohydrates 43g; fiber 14g; sugar 5g; protein 19g; trans fatty acidg; vitamin a 10249IU; vitamin c 23mg; thiaminmg; riboflavinmg; niacin equivalents 2mg; vitamin b6mg; folate 304mcg; vitamin b12mcg; calcium 184mg; iron 4mg.