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Simple Vegetarian Slow-Cooked Beans

When I have a hungry family to feed, these tasty beans with spinach, tomatoes and carrots are a go-to dish. This veggie delight is frequently on the menu. —Jennifer Reid, Farmington, Maine
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 4 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 medium carrots, finely chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, patted dry and chopped
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley


  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 7 ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until carrots are tender, adding spinach and tomatoes during the last 10 minutes of cooking. Stir in cilantro and parsley.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 229 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 672mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 13g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • rwippel
    Feb 1, 2019

    These were creamy with a burst of flavor from the sun-dried tomatoes. Great healthy side dish, high in protein.

  • annrms
    Mar 31, 2017

    I used this recipe as a wonderful guideline for the dish I made. I didn't have 4 cans of beans so I made my own using 1 pound of cooked beans. I added the listed veggies and seasonings, but increased the vegetables by adding 1 medium onion, 1 cup bell (tri-color) pepper, 2 ribs celery, one jalapeno, and 1 small zucchini. I used frozen chopped spinach. I also increased the chili powder and cumin. Delicious! Laugh if you want...I'm serving it with grilled kielbasa!!!

  • meerb98
    Mar 5, 2016

    This was tasty and seemed to be a hit at the potluck I took it to. I cooked it overnight and I think it sat on Warm for a little too long and the beans got slightly mushy. I will try it again without cooking for so long and see if I adjust my review.