In Greek cuisine it is a common practice to combine beans with other ingredients such as greens, meat, rice and even fish. The famous “gigantes” beans that are usually cooked with tomato cooked and this version is more of a wintery recipe combining these white beans with spinach. The word gigantes means the giant ones, and they are a popular bean here in Greece. Gigantes from several areas of Greece have a Protected Geographical Indication status due to the unique environment that these beans are grown in. If you find them – use them, otherwise you can use butter beans or even smaller white beans.
Obviously this dish is bursting with nutrients; antioxidants, fiber, good fats. But have no fear, as with all Greek dishes, they have made it an art of making vegetables and beans delicious. You may serve this as a side dish or as a sharing appetizer, but the best is to serve it as a main dish. You’ll fulfill a large percentage of your daily requirement in vegetables and beans. For those eating cheese, you can serve it with feta and some bread, otherwise it is equally good without cheese.
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