White beans and kale with parsnips on Meatless Monday

Categories: Vegetarian

The film Forks Over Knives has been called "vegan propaganda" by some and lauded as a truth-filled wake-up call by others. I haven't seen it, but that didn't stop me from picking up the official Forks Over Knives Cookbook as soon as it was available. This is an adaptation on the book's white beans and escarole with parsnips recipe; we used kale instead of escarole, halved the amount of parsnips, and added apple cider vinegar and red pepper flakes for a little extra flavor kick.

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You will need:

Oil for the skillet (we used coconut oil)
1 medium yellow onion
1 large parsnip
4-6 cloves garlic
1 bunch kale
2 cans cannellini beans
1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. Rinse and drain the cannellini beans.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat with a little bit of oil.

3. Peel and dice the onion.

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Do your research on the data in Forks Over Knives.  It's got some good points, but it's really fast-and-loose with its facts and it seriously misrepresents the studies that it cites.  Also, note that the diet followed by the subjects in the film wasn't just vegan - they also cut out all fats (no nuts, oils, avocados) and any processed grains (no bread of any kind, even 100% whole wheat).  Of course you lose weight on that diet - you can't get very many calories from vegetables, fruits and non-processed grains alone!  But it's also almost impossible to stick with that strict of a diet for 99% of people, which makes the results limited in value.  (They don't factor in the over 50% of people that dropped out of the studies in their results.)  It's definitely propaganda, even if it makes some good points.


 @monopod That explains why there wasn't any oil in the recipe. (The addition was mine.)


And that's also why I didn't include any of the data, and made it clear that I have not seen the movie.

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