January 23, 2009
Celeriac Beans

beansnbeer.jpgOne of the results of starting a Weight Watchers program is that I have become more adventurous with vegetables. I have always considered myself quite the vegetable lover and the Critic has increased his vegetable intake exponentially since I started cooking for him. But in the Weight Watchers program, there are vegetables and there are vegetables. There are carrots and radishes which you can eat until you turn orange and red and not lose a single blessed WW point. And then there are peas and potatoes, which add up. For the first week, I ate a lot of carrots and radishes. And then I started to get a bit tired of crunchy carrots and radishes and I looked around for some more vegetables that could fill me up on little or no points but with a new flavor. And so when I did my weekly shopping, the humble celery root jumped into my virtual basket. It's in season, it can be consumed for zero points and it has an interesting flavor. It's also big. So I needed something with the bulk to carry a lot of celery root. And rummaging around in my cupboard, I found a hoard of white beans. I am a crafty cook sometimes, and I figured that grated celery root in white beans would pass the most stringent of vegetable detectors on the part of my family and so I decided to pair them together. It was so good, I ate the whole pot over the next few days and never managed to test it on the rest of the family. I love looking for dishes that have flavor and bulk at the moment, because although the WW program does not in any way starve you...there is always that knowledge lingering at the back of your mind that you are on a Diet and therefore Need More Food. As pictured here, the first night I had a large bowl with a green salad and a pint of beer. (I love a diet that allows you to have a pint of beer.) And the next evening, I paired the beans as a side with a virtuous grilled dry-spiced turkey steak. It was delicious and filling in both meals, a new staple in my fat-free existence. (WW points for a bowl as pictured: 3)

Celeriac beans

275 g white (haricot) beans
2 carrots, cubed
half a small celeriac (about 250g) peeled and grated
800 ml chicken stock
2-3 sprigs of thyme
2 tsp mustard
1 tsp garlic purée (substitute with a couple of cloves of garlic for zero points if you have good quality garlic; mine was all sprouted and nasty)

If you are organised, you can soak the beans overnight before cooking them with the rest of the ingredients. However, one of the reasons I love my Crock Pot (slow cooker) is that I can throw a stew like this in the machine around lunch time and by dinner time it's fragrant and delicious. So either soak the beans, drain them and cook with the rest of the ingredients for two hours or until the beans are tender - or throw everything in a crock pot before lunch and have yourself a lovely dinner. You could also throw in some thinly sliced onions (zero points) for a bit more flavor. I meant to do so and forgot, but the result was nevertheless very tasty. And filling. Did I mention filling?

Weight watchers points: 3

Posted by Meg in Sussex at January 23, 2009 4:20 PM Print-friendly version

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Posted by Steven Schroeppel on January 29, 2009 at 1:03 AM

This is a combination I'd never have thought of! I'm definitely going to try this, next time I buy celeriac

Posted by kazari on March 5, 2009 at 6:52 PM
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