Category Archives for Beans, Peas & Lentils

True South Hoppin John

Hoppin John is a classical southern dish that's as tasty as it is frugal. Served over rice, the ham, black eyed peas and veggies burst with flavor and fill you up.

We’ve been talking about the tradition of eating black eyed peas on New Year’s Day.  The symbolism of this very southern dish is interesting.  You can read about the history and get my simple recipe for making a batch of black eyed peas by clicking on this link – Black Eyed Peas Recipe You’ll also […]

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Black Eyed Peas Recipe

Skip the canned stuff and cook up a batch of black-eyed peas from scratch. They taste amazing.

Down here in the south, it’s tradition to eat greens and black eyed peas on New Year’s Day (usually served with ham and some other sides.)  Black eyed peas actually have quite a long history of bringing good luck and prosperity to a number of people.  Here in the south, it is most widely believed […]

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White Beans with Red Pepper

We love beans in any way shape or form around here. They are a frugal staple, healthy and very versatile. When you’re ready to step it up and make some “sophisticated” bean dishes, give these white beans with red peppers and pesto a try. The recipe is from the Thrifty bean cookbook and is the […]

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Kidney Beans And Rice

This rice bowl is such a great versatile recipe. You can cook it in big batches and between the rice, the sausage and the kidney beans it really fills you up. If you’re cooking this for young kids, you may want to omit the hot sauce and cayenne pepper while you’re cooking. Adults can add […]

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Easy Black Bean and Rice Recipe

This is such a great simple dish. It goes together quickly and is very filling. I serve it with a side salad for a weeknight dinner or with some grilled chicken or fish in the summer. We also often double the recipe, add a simple green salad and call it dinner. It’s quick, filling and […]

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Black Eyed Caviar

There is a tradition here in the south of eating black eyed peas on New Year’s Day to symbolize prosperity.  The source of the symbolism is interesting.  You can read more about its origin, and get my favorite recipe for making black eyed peas from dried peas, by clicking this link:  Black Eyed Peas Recipe […]

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Red Lentil Dip

1 cup dried red lentils 3 cups vegetable broth (homemade or bought) 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 large tomato, chopped 1 red bell pepper, roasted and chopped Salt and pepper Freshly chopped parsley In a saucepan, cook the red lentils in the broth until soft and mushy. Place the lentils in a food processor, together […]

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Ellen's Monterey Beans and Cheese

This was originally in the “More with Less” cookbook and this version was tweeked by my friend Elle. Fry, drain, and crumble 2 slices bacon*. Saute in bacon fat until tender one medium onion, chopped**. Add one 15oz can beans***, drained, rinsed, and mashed; Add 1 cup tomato sauce ****, Add 1 t. chili powder*****, […]

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