Dec 13, 2010

White Northern Beans with Aji Verde Sauce

Beans are high in complex carbohydrates, protein and dietary fiber, low in fat, calories and completely cholesterol-free. Eating as little as a half a cup of beans a day can be beneficial in reaching your dietary needs. These beans were a hit with my family, all that was leftover was this little bit shown here over rice, topped with aji verde sauce.

This past weekend my little girl turned one! It's hard to believe a year has gone by, it seems like just yesterday she was a born, and now she's a happy one year old, talking, singing, eating real food, and almost walking!

We had a small family gathering to celebrate her birthday, and I went with a Peruvian theme. We had Peruvian chicken with aji verde sauce, rice, avocados and beans. Sounds good? It was and everyone loved it!

Making beans are an economical way to make a lot of food without spending too much. A pound of dry beans makes about 6 cups cooked and usually costs around a dollar. I always make my beans in my pressure cooker because it cuts the cooking time in half. 

White Beans with Aji Verde Sauce
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes 
Servings: 12 • Serving Size: 1/2 cup Points +: 2.5 pts • Smart Points: 4
Calories: 115.7 • Fat: 0.4 g Carb: 21.6 g Fiber: 6.7 g Protein: 7.1 g 

  • 1 lb dry northern beans (navy beans would work)
  • 1 ham hock (about 4 oz)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes (I like Knorr)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Goya adobo
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • salt

Soak beans in water overnight. The next day discard water and fill pot with 8 cups of water. Add 1 onion, pork bone, green pepper and bay leaf and cook in pressure cooker for about an hour. Remove from heat.

When pressure dissolves, open the lid and add chicken bullion, cumin, and adobo to taste and cook uncovered on medium heat stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile in a skillet, add olive oil, chopped onion, garlic and cilantro, season with a pinch of salt and sauté on medium- low heat until onions are soft. Add to beans and mix well.

Continue cooking beans about 30-45 minutes, stirring
occasionally until beans are thickened to your liking. Taste for salt and adjust if needed. Discard bone and bay leaf and serve.

Aji Verde Sauce
Servings: 16 Serving Size: 2 tbsp • Old Points: 1 pt • Points+: 1 pt
Calories: 41.9 • Fat: 3.6 g Carb: 2.3 g Fiber: 0.3 g Protein: 0.6 g  
  • 10-12 jalapeños, seeded
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup fat free sour cream
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Serve over chicken, rice, beans or plantains.


  1. happy birthday to your daughter!!!! the recipe looks great. I'd just skip the soaking step and buy canned beans, but everything else: yum!

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your little angel!!! XOXOXOX <3

  3. Thanks Olga, I use canned beans if I'm making a quick weeknight recipe.

    Thanks Lauren!

  4. looking so delicious,thanks for sharing^^

  5. Hi Gina! Love your recipes. This looks great. If I don't have a pressure cooker, how long would you recommend cooking on just a regular stove top or even crock pot?

  6. I am so happy I got to try these this weekend! They were a hit! Loved them Gee. thanks for a wonderful day, as usual... xoxo

  7. happy birthday to your baby! they grow up wayyy too fast! enjoy it while you can! and the beans look amazing! :)

  8. Happy Birthday to your daughter!

  9. I've been searching for the perfect satay recipe for a while now... shall have to give yours a try!

  10. Ooh. You're on a roll lately. This is another one worth a bookmark!

  11. Hi Gina...where can I get a pork bone? and should it have any meat left on it?

  12. I made this today for lunch and it was delicious! Everyone loved the sauce...though my hands are burning because I did not use gloves when chopping and seeding the jalapeños. Thanks for all your great recipes!

  13. this sounds delicious! is it spicy with the jalapenos? thank you! p.s.) I love your blog. I get the e-mails and they're so helpful!

  14. This looks like a quick and delicious work day meal. I love beans and rice =)

  15. Hi Gina, question: I have a pressure cooker and I noticed you do not have any pressure cooker recipes. Do you plan to in the future??? Would love some!! I do roasts, chicken, risotto etc...

  16. This look delicous. Happy birthday to your daughter!!! They do grow so quickly don't they???

  17. The green sauce is a little spicy, not over the top. If you don't like spicy food, leave it out.

    You can make the beans in a regular pot, you'll just have to cook them covered for about 2 hours or until soft for step one.

    The sell pork bones in the supermarket or butcher, I buy them for soups and sauce. They add nice flavor, then I discard it after. If there is meat on the bone it's ok, but that's not factored into the points.

    I use my pressure cooker a lot! But people are afraid of them or don't know how to use them. I will male a label for pressure cooker recipes for those of you who own them.

  18. I had no idea that beans were soooo beneficial. I will definitely try to incorporate them more - thanks for the lesson :)

  19. Happy birthday to your little girl! What an exciting time! :) These beans look delicious - as does the sound of the rest of the menu!

  20. I presume the beans go into the pressure cooker with the onion, pork bone, etc. ?

  21. Happy Birthday to your little one! How exciting!

    I will have to try this recipe for me husband. He always tells me that I don't make beans and rice enough. He'll be pleasantly surprised to see this on the table soon. Thank you. :-)

  22. Yes, sorry if I wasn't clear.

    My hubs loves beans!

  23. If I'm vegetarian, I'm leaving out the Pork Bone. Is there anything I can add to make it taste a bit better since I know it's used for flavor? Didn't know if it had a fat purpose too.

  24. It's purely for flavor, you can leave it out, I'm sure it will still taste great.

  25. When I make beans I throw everything in together..can I do this with this recipe since I don't own a pressure cooker or do you think I should still stick to the steps and just do as you said with cooking the beans for a couple hours until soft...Crock Pot would be nice too :-)


  26. If you do it separate, it will taste so much better!! If u want to cook the beens I'm the crockpot first, that would work!

  27. Saw this recipe and printed it, but the ingredients do not print completely. Only the directions print out completely.

  28. I had the same problem with the printing that the previous poster mentioned. Fortunately, I was able to run back and forth to the computer so all was not lost.

    I made a few minor alterations (no pork/better than sour cream instead of sour cream) to make this vegan, and it was fantastic. Thank you!


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