Kale and White Bean Bruschetta

Makes 32 Appetizers (about 1oz each) | PREP: 25 minutes,TOTAL: 25 minutes
Quick Bean Recipes, Healthy Bean Recipes, Easy Chili Recipes
1 small (8 to 10oz) baguette, cut in 32 slices (about 1/3-inch each)
1 (15oz) can S&W® White Beans (do not drain)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt
4oz kale, ribs removed, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 medium tomato, chopped (about 1 cup)
Grated Parmesan cheese, if desired
Heat oven to 350ºF. Place baguette slices on large ungreased cookie sheet. Bake on bottom rack 10 minutes or until lightly toasted.

Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, mix beans with liquid, onion, garlic, bay leaf and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover. Simmer 8 minutes, stirring once or twice. Stir in kale. Cover; cook 5 minutes or until kale is tender, stirring once. Uncover; cook until most of liquid is evaporated. Remove from heat. Stir in olive oil, vinegar, pepper flakes and tomato. Remove bay leaf. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons mixture on each baguette slice. If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

A baguette is a narrow crusty loaf of bread. If it isn't available, you can use part of a loaf of French bread. Cut each slice in half crosswise, as they are quite a bit larger in diameter than baguettes. If your baguette is larger than 10 ounces, cut the remaining baguette into cubes; bake until crisp for croutons.

To prepare ahead, bake baguette slices and store at room temperature loosely covered. Cover and refrigerate the bean mixture up to 1 day. Let stand at room temperature before using.
Nutritional Information Per Serving:

Calories 90 (from Fat 20), Fat 2g (Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 230mg, Total Carbohydrate 16g, Fiber 2g, Sugars 0g, Protein 4g, Vitamin A 20%, Vitamin C 10%, Calcium 2%, Iron 6%

Nutritional Information does not include Parmesan cheese.