March 17, 2009
Bean recipes, Part II
So, here are a few things I'm planning. Now that the beans are in the freezer (about 2 cups fit in one sandwich bag), they'll be fairly easy meals when I get back.
Refried beans I'm going to take the leftover pinto beans and make a few cups of this for the freezer. Saute minced onion (maybe 1 for 3-4 cups of beans) and garlic (a few cloves) in a little oil, mix in beans, cumin (2-3 tsp.), coriander (2-3 tsp.), chili powder to taste (maybe 2 tsp.), lemon or lime juice to taste, and salt (since the beans aren't cooked with salt, it may take more than you think to taste familiar, but you can also up the other spices and make it low salt). Cook for 10-15 minutes, adding water to keep from burning, mash to desired consistency. I'm going to put it in 1 cup containers, and freeze it for easy meals. This is perfect for Tim's Behemoth Bachelor Burritos. I've also started making Itty Bitty Baby Burritos, spreading a little mashed beans over a corn tortilla, sprinkling it with cheese, layering another tortilla on top, and microwaving it for about 40 seconds. I then let it cool a little, and cut it up into dozens of little finger sized squares.
Tomato sauce with white beans and Italian sausage Okay, I would never have thought to put beans in spaghetti sauce, but this is soooo good, and nutritious (and authentic)! You don't have to use much meat, just use what you'd like for flavor. You can use your favorite homemade or store bought tomato sauce. Saute onions, garlic and Italian sausage until done, mix in tomato sauce and white beans, simmer for a few minutes (or for awhile on low) to marry flavors and serve over your favorite pasta.
Red beans and rice Another fun beans and sausage dish, this one with a Southern flair. This is more of a process than a recipe, but here you go
-Brown 1 lb. kielbasa or other smoked sausage, drain and set aside leaving a little oil,
-Add diced carrots, celery, onions, minced garlic, and bell peppers (or whatever I have in the house) to the pan (about 1-2 cups total of mixture, depending on how much you love your veggies), saute until transparent
-Stir in 1.5 cups of rice, 3 cups of liquid (tomato juice, or a combination of diced tomatoes and water), cajun seasoning to taste (1-2 tsp. or less if it's really spicy), paprika (1-2 tsp.), oregano (1 tsp.), 1 tsp. salt or to taste, the kielbasa, and about 2 cups of red beans.
-bring to a boil, then turn to low and cooked covered until rice is done and liquid is absorbed (about 20 minutes)
-This will make a ton of food, maybe 6-8 servings
And, I really want to try making "Texas caviar"--a friend made it for us a couple moths ago, and it was fabulous. It was sort of like a bean based salsa. Really, really good. Have to bribe her to give me her recipe.
Another thing I want to try making is an Indian curry with red beans. I've had some once or twice at restaurants, and it's really nice (the beans were nice and creamy against the spiciness of the sauce). And we're always looking for new and easy Indian foods!
Do you have any favorite bean recipes you'd like to share in the comments?