Dilly Bean Stew

Why did I decide to wean Lou from her pacis?

Someone tell me why I thought that was a good idea.

She only uses them at nap & night time, but still. Do I not care about my own sleep?!

It all started last week when I saw her absolutely gnawing on her paci as she was getting ready to go to bed. I thought – if any kid is going to rip off the good part & swallow/choke on it, it will be my kid. So the next day we packed them up & said bye bye. Cold turkey. Ripped the bandaid. She did ok the first day. The next day she decided to spike her first fever ever. It’s not unlike her to get sick on purpose just to mess with us, so I was like dude what gives. Then I realized – the gnawing & the fever = molars coming in. I took away the child’s greatest comfort in the midst of her greatest pain. My timing is impeccable!

For some reason, a plush stuffed animal doesn’t slap as hard as a rubber paci on the gums.

Time: 40 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3


  • 1 white onion, sliced thin
  • 2 cans of cannellini beans
  • 1/4 head of cabbage, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup of dill, chopped
  • 4 cups of veg broth
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of butter or vegan butter
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp of crushed red pepper

How to:

  • Heat butter + olive oil in a pot or Dutch oven over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook about 7-8 minutes until they get nice & friedish
  • Remove onions + add beans to pot with S+P, smashing a few as they cook
  • Add broth + simmer for about 15-20 minutes
  • Add cabbage + lemon + S+P + red pepper flakes + cook another 10 minutes
  • Turn off heat + add in half the dill
  • Serve hot with onions + remaining dill
  • I know it’s probably hotter than Hades where you are, but blast the A/C & eat this

Adapted from here!


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