Winter Mood Improve: Savory White Beans and Saffron

Published: August 17, 2017 By: Dr. Leslie Korn
Winter mood boosting recipe! Savory, White Beans, Winter recipes, Mood Improvement

From: The Good Mood Kitchen, Norton 2017 Leslie Korn.

This dish is a perfect mood booster for a dear winter day. Saffron, the stigmas from the crocus flower is the anti-depressant centerpiece of this recipe along with beans which are rich in B vitamins.


  • 2 lbs. dried large white beans
  • 5 quarts water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4 T. Virgin olive oil
  • 2 large white onions, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ c. finely chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 c. of organic spinach
  • 1 tsp. saffron threads
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste

1. Soak beans overnight in water in the fridge.
2. Drain the soaked beans. Place in a large pot with fresh water, bring to a boil, and reduce
heat. Simmer for 2 hours with bay leaves.
3. Heat virgin olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 3
minutes. Add spinach, parsley and saffron, and cook for 1 minute more, and remove from
4. Drain the cooked beans of most of the excess water. Return the beans to the pot and add
cooked onion/garlic/saffron mixture. Stir and add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
Variation: Try adding steamed white fish (cod, halibut etc.) to this recipe, which can be added to the
stew at the end or set on top of the beans when served.

Download this recipe here: Winter Mood Improve: Savory White Beans and Saffron

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