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Chili Smith White Bean Pesto


  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cups mixed power greens: (kale, spinach, chard)
  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves, plus a small sprig for serving
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups Chili Smith White Eye Heirloom beans, cooked
  • 1 – 16 oz. bag Chili Smith Ancient Agro pasta, cooked


Put the pine nuts into a small skillet and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until the nuts are toasted – about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Add the pine nuts, power greens, basil, and garlic to the food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

Add the lemon juice and nutritional yeast, and process until well combined.

Add the Chili Smith White Eye Heirloom beans and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Toss with Chili Smith cooked pasta.

Here is how I cooked the pasta in the Instant Pot:

1 lb Chili Smith Ancient Agro pasta
4 – 5 cups water


Put pasta and water in the Instant Pot. Close the Instant Pot lid and set the valve to Sealing position. Press the “Manual” button and set the time to 1 minute. When it finishes cooking, let the Instant Pot naturally release the steam for 5 minutes, then quick release the remaining steam. I placed a kitchen towel over the vent.


A take on the Hoppin’ John recipe.  Hoppin’ John is a staple recipe for good fortune every New Year.  Protein and fiber packed! 


  • 1 bag of Chili Smith Green-Black Eyed Beans
  • 1Tablespoon chopped dried onion
  • 1 T Kirkland No Salt Seasoning
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Smith Big Sur Three Peaks seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons Garbanzo Bean Miso



Surprise:  I DID soak these peas overnight.

“Peas (BEANS) porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the Instant Pot, they aren’t nine days old!”

I drained the soaking water, then put the peas in the Instant Pot. I added all the remaining ingredients and cooked the beans for 22 minutes.  Let the pressure release naturally.

I served it over Chili Smith Organic Chico Brown Rice

I like my greens raw, so I lined my serving bowl with a mix of greens. However, you could add your favorite greens to the cooking beans about two minutes before serving.

So in my serving bowl, I lined the bowl with greens, then rice, then Hoppin Twy and then my new favorite Salsa!