Rita's Armenian Lupini Bean Stew

Rita's Armenian Lupini Bean Stew

Picture this: a simmering pot filled with the rich aroma of tomatoes, eggplants, and the warm embrace of Mediterranean spices. Now, add the heartiness of SIMPLi's new Regenerative Organic Certified® Lupini Beans, available at your nearest Whole Foods Market. Our friend Rita of @saturdaytable has conjured up a recipe that's not only delicious but also an ode to both tradition and innovation.

Rita made a version of an Armenian eggplant stew that she’s been eating her whole life. The ingredients are very similar to Imam Bayildi, a Turkish stuffed eggplant dish, and it features eggplant, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and red pepper paste, which all cook down together into melty deliciousness.

Ingredients for the Lupini Beans

Instructions for the Lupini Beans

  1. Start by soaking the lupini beans in 8 cups of water overnight.

  2. Once they're plumped up and ready, drain and rinse them.

  3. In a pot, add 8 cups of fresh water, along with garlic, parsley stems, Aleppo pepper, salt, and olive oil.

  4. Bring this flavorful concoction to a simmer, then lower the heat and cook, uncovered, for about 1.5 hours until the beans achieve a delightful tenderness.

Ingredients for the Stew

  • 1/4 cup SIMPLi Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1/2 red onion, sliced

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 lb tomatoes, chopped

  • 4 cups chopped eggplant (approximately 1/2 large eggplant)

  • 2 tbsp red pepper paste

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

  • 2 cups cooked SIMPLi Lupini Beans

  • Parsley and pine nuts for garnish

Instructions for the Stew

  1. In a pot over medium heat, let olive oil, onions, and garlic mingle and sizzle.

  2. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions have softened and released their irresistible aroma (3-5 minutes).

  3. Then, add the eggplant, tomatoes, salt, and red pepper paste.

  4. Stir until this flavorful medley is well combined, and then cover.

  5. Let it all simmer over medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes, allowing the vegetables to become irresistibly tender.

  6. Finish it off with a dash of lemon juice and the star of the show, SIMPLi Lupini Beans.

Ingredients for the Garlic Yogurt

Instructions for the Garlic Yogurt

  1. For the finishing touch, let's not forget the creamy garlic yogurt. Mash the garlic and salt into a paste using a mortar and pestle.

  2. Mix the paste into the yogurt until you have a luscious, garlicky blend.

To serve, create an inviting canvas on a large serving plate by swooshing the garlic yogurt. Then, ladle the stew on top, creating a picturesque scene. Garnish with fresh parsley and a sprinkle of pine nuts.

This comforting meal is more than just food; it's a journey through Mediterranean flavors and a celebration of sustainability with SIMPLi regenerative lupini beans. So, dig in, savor, and enjoy the heartwarming goodness of this dish that's bound to become a staple in your kitchen!

See the full recipe video: https://www.instagram.com/p/CwnYpNvrUTe/

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