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Southwestern White Bean, Bulgur And Vegetable Stew

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Ingredients
  Dried great northern beans/Great northern beans - 1 1/2 cups canned, drained and rinsed 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs), picked over, rinsed, and soaked overnight
  Water 3 1⁄4 Cup (52 tbs) (1 1/4 Cups Plus 2 Cups)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon (To Taste Plus Additional)
  Salt To Taste (Additional Required)
  Bulgur 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Olive oil 5 Teaspoon (1 Tablespoon Plus 2 Teaspoons)
  Spanish onion 1 Medium, peeled and finely chopped
  Garlic 4 Clove (20 gm), peeled and finely chopped
  Red bell pepper 1 Large, cored, seeded, and diced
  Jalapenos 2 , seeded and finely chopped (If You Prefer Less Spicy Food, Use Only 1)
  Zucchini 1 Medium, diced
  Chili powder 2 Teaspoon
  Cumin 1 Teaspoon
  Coriander 1 Teaspoon
  Firm tofu 12 Ounce, cut into small cubes
  Canned crushed tomatoes 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Fresh ears of corn/1 cup frozen corn kernels 2 , kernels removed
  Cilantro 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), finely chopped
  Pepper To Taste
  Plain nonfat yogurt 4 Tablespoon
  Scallions 4 , trimmed and thinly sliced
Directions

MAKING
1. In a pot cover the beans with water bring to a boil, reduce the heat, simmer the beans until they are tender, approximately 45 minutes, drain the beans and set them aside.
2. In the empty pot bring the 1 1/4 cups of water to a boil, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and then slowly add the bulgur.
3. Remove the pot from the heat, cover it tightly to allow the bulgur to steam for 20 minutes or until it is tender and set it aside.
4. In a large Dutch oven heat all of the olive oil over medium heat and sauté the onion stirring it often, until it is soft.
5. Then saute the garlic in it, stirring it constantly, until it is fragrant.
6. Add the red bell pepper, jalapenos and a pinch of salt, cover the pot and steam-saute the ingredients, stirring them often, until they begin to soften.
7. Add and saute the zucchini, chili powder, cumin and coriander stirring them often, for 5 minutes.
8. Then add the tofu and stir well.
9. Raising the heat to high, pour in the remaining 2 cups of water, add the tomatoes and bring the mixture to a boil.
10. Cover the pot, reduce the heat and simmer the vegetables, stirring them often, for 15 minutes.
11. Then add the cooked beans and bulgur and simmer the stew for 10 minutes.
12. Add the corn and cilantro and season the stew with the salt and pepper.

SERVING
13. Among 4 individual plates divide the stew and garnish each portion with 1 tablespoon of the yogurt and one-quarter of the scallions.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Italian
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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