• 1 cup great northern beans soaked overnight

  • 1 small onion, cubed

  • 1″ piece of kombu

  • 1 stalk of diced celery, with leaves

  • 1 cup diced butternut squash (1″ pieces)

  • 6 or 7 leaves of escarole, chopped

  • Spring water

  • 1 Tbsp of white miso

  • Clay pot with lid
Great Northern Beans with Vegetables


In the clay pot add onions, with spring water to cover, bring to a boil and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Add a piece of kombu to the bottom of the pot. On top of the kombu, add the celery, butternut squash, and the great northern beans. Add enough spring water to cover the beans. Bring it to a boil with a high flame. Then cover and simmer for 1 hour, adding some water when needed. Add chopped escarole leaves. Cook for 3 minutes. Add diluted miso with some of the beans’ water. Cook 3 more minutes. Serve.

“The macrobiotic way of life recommended by the ancient wise people and practiced widely for physical, mental and spiritual development consists of the following arts; the way of eating, the way of breathing, and the way of daily life. Because a human being is part of his environment, and has evolved through biological development covering more than three billion years on this planet, his physical, mental and spiritual conditions are based upon what he consumes from his natural environment and his food. The way of eating is the most essential factor for his development.”

Michio Kushi, THE BOOK OF DO-IN (ISBN 0-87040-382-6)

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