Garlic Rapini | Gluten-Free | BoneCoach™ Recipes

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This Garlic Rapini recipe has got to be one of our team’s all time FAVORITES…

It’s ultra-flavorful with tender rapini, nutty white beans, buttery garlic, bright citrus notes from the lemon, and umami goodness from the anchovy.

And the best part? It’s a FANTASTIC side dish for boosting bone health.

The starring ingredient – rapini, or also known as broccoli rabe – is a member of the cabbage family and loaded with magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc and potassium, all critical nutrients for building strong bones.

Combined with bone superfoods like anchovy and white beans, this side dish is just about UNBEATABLE when it comes to bone benefits. Just add your favorite source of protein to make this a complete meal.

Garlic Rapini | Gluten-Free | BoneCoach™ Recipes


TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes


2 tbsp (30 ml) fresh pressed extra virgin olive oil

2 anchovy fillets packed in olive oil

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

½ bunch rapini aka broccoli rabe, roughly chopped

1/4 tsp (1 ml) sea salt

pinch freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 cups (354 ml) cooked white navy or cannellini beans (soak and sprout before boiling; omit if on Paleo diet)

1/2 lemon, zested and juiced

2 tbsp (30 ml) freshly grated parmesan (optional; omit if on Paleo diet)


1) Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, anchovies and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes. Add rapini; season with salt and pepper and cook, tossing occasionally, until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.

2)Add beans and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors have melded and liquid is reduced by half (you still want it to be saucy), about 5 minutes.

3) Add in the lemon zest and juice. Remove from heat and garnish with parmesan cheese if desired.


Recipe created by BoneCoach™ Team Dietitian Amanda Li, RD & Chef.


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