March 17, 2009
Bean recipes, Part I
The other day, I sort of impulsively decided that we had too many beans in our cupboard. Black beans, black-eyed peas, pinto beans, white beans, and red beans. So I made a day long project of soaking and cooking them (I always rinse them after I soak them and after I cook them, makes them a little more socially acceptable, haha).
5 lbs. of beans soaked and cooked = 30-40 cups of beans. That's a heck of a lot of beans. For maybe $5-$6.
I have a ginormous crockpot full of chili right now. And I just saw Tammy's Chili Marathon, featuring lots of creative ways to serve leftover chili. Fun!
Made a couple of other dishes, and have plans for the 12+ cups of beans in the freezer.
BTW, the beans have made great finger food for our kids. Fun for them, good nutrition and protein.
Here's what I've made. Part II will focus on what I'm planning.
Mexican black beans A few cups of the black beans became the base for fajita night (I sauteed 1/2 medium onion in a little oil, mixed in the beans with a little water, about 1/4 cup lime juice, 1 tbsp. chili powder, 1 tsp. liquid smoke, 1/4 tsp. chipotle powder, and salt to taste, mashed some of them slightly, and cooked them until they were thick.
Tuscan white bean bruschetta I put 3-4 small cloves of garlic, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. thyme, a few tbsp. of olive oil, 1 tsp. liquid smoke, 1/4-1/2 tsp. chipotle powder, salt to taste, and 2 cups of beans in a food processor, and blended it until smooth. I grilled a few pieces of leftover rosemary olive-oil bread in our Foreman grill (brush with olive oil, or just spray with cooking spray), warmed the dip in the microwave, and spread it on. We had this with olives, cheese and crackers, and white wine for an easy dinner last night.
I've never done a bean-cooking-marathon, but I always freeze the leftovers in plastic bags -- so great for when you need quick-n-easy meals.
Hubby made Moroccan Lentil Soup last month. The flavor was great and it was very filling. You could use the white beans you have frozen, and then either buy a can of garbanzos (or just spend a day cooking garbanzos for the fridge and making some hummus. I bet the kiddos would like the hummus!)
Posted by: TulipGirl at March 21, 2009 10:02 AM