This dish is lovely for summer and great if you want to eat healthy. It’s almost completely made from vegetables, although it doesn’t taste that way. This spinach white beans mash with veggie balls, looks and tastes a bit like mashed potatoes with vegetables. But the funny thing is that you don’t need any potatoes for this dish! A big plus because you don’t have to peel and boil potatoes for this dish, a job that I never like doing. The spinach white beans mash does taste as creamy as mashed potatoes would and the vegetarian ‘meatballs’ take care of the finishing touch.
Before I made this dish, I never had white beans before. I thought they’d be tasteless and I associated them with tomato sauce for breakfast and that just doesn’t sound appealing to me. But I discovered that if you mash white beans, you get a creamy substance that’s much more healthy than regular creams. White beans are a great ingredient for vegetarians and vegans as they’re high in plant-based protein and fiber. The spinach white beans mash is completely vegan. Depending on the kind of veggie balls you use, this dish is either vegetarian or vegan. I was inspired for this dish by the Jumbo website. Below is the dinner recipe of this summer spinach white beans mash for 4 people (or 3 hungry ones).
Recipe spinach white beans mash with veggie balls
Ingredients (serves 3/4):
1 big jar white beans (680 grams)
100 ml (soy) milk
1 teaspoon curry powder
400 grams fresh spinach
1 sweet pointed pepper
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 package of vegetarian balls
Olive oil for frying
Wash and rinse the white beans. Put the beans, milk and curry powder in a pan and warm it for 10-12 minutes on low fire. In the meantime, cut the pointed pepper in small strips.
Warm some oil in a wok pan, add the onion, garlic and pepper strips. Add the spinach bit by bit.
Warm some olive oil in a small pan and prepare the vegetarian ‘meat’ balls according to the package.
Take the white beans of the fire and use a puree masher to mash the white beans. Add the white beans mash to the spinach. Mix well.
Serve the white beans spinach mash with the veggie balls.
Like veggie balls? Check out my recipe for spaghetti with vegetarian meat balls.