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We adore this as an appetizer, and so does everyone else. It is always the first empty platter at our holiday party. No one knows it is plant-based; they just know it is so yummy.

From The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook

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  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 loaf fresh 100% whole-grain bread, sliced
  • ½ cup Cannellini Bean Sauce
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • balsamic glaze


  1. Place the kale leaves in a large pot of boiling water. Cover and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain in a colander, then squeeze out any extra liquid with your hands (you don’t want soggy bread).
  2. Toast 8 pieces of bread, and place them on a handsome serving platter.
  3. Spread a tablespoon of the Cannellini Bean Sauce on the toasted bread, then cover with a layer of kale and top with a scattering of grape tomatoes. Drizzle generously with the balsamic glaze, and grab one for yourself before they all disappear.

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LeeAnn Germani1 year ago
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Looking for healthier diet foods to eat

Clefford2 years ago
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Sharon2 years ago
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If this is plant based why are there recipes that include bread?

Fiona Baxter2 years ago
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Bread is made from flour which is made from wheat which is a grain which grows in the ground…..

denise j lozeau2 years ago
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there are flourless breads that you can buy ~ usually known as biblical bread

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Ann Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn, RN

Ann and Jane Esselstyn are a mother-daughter team with decades of experience developing delicious, healthful dishes both for their family and for Dr. Esselstyn’s many grateful patients. Ann Crile Esselstyn developed the recipes for The New York Times best-selling book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease and is co-author of The Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook. A mother of four, Ann is currently focused on counseling heart patients to prepare and enjoy plant-based, oil-free foods. Jane Esselstyn, RN is a wellness instructor and a plant-strong presenter and cook, as well as a married mother of three, who has been eating this way for more than 25 years. Jane developed recipes for My Beef with Meat and is co-author with Ann of The Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook. Follow them on Instagram.
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