Category Archives for Beans, Peas & Lentils

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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Bean Burgers

1 can (rinsed and drained) or 1 1/2 cups cooked beans 3/4 cup toasted bread crumbs 2 eggs extra goodies of your choice seasonings of your choice Place crumbs, eggs, extra goodies and seasonings in food processor and pulse until well combined. Add beans and pulse until texture that you want, beans should still be […]

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Hummus Without Oil

1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 water (or more, if you like it creamier) 2 large garlic cloves, minced 2 Tbsp lemon juice 2-4 Tbsp tahini 1 tsp salt (since we have  little children I don't add salt at the moment) Add all ingredients into a food processor. Turn on and let process […]

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Almost Hummus

7/8 cup dried pinto beans (soaked overnight) discard soaking water 2  1/2 to 3 cups cooking water Cook beans in water 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours or until tender. 1 tsp minced garlic 2 cups of the cooked pinto beans 1/4 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup lemon juice 2 TBSP water 1 tsp cumin […]

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Chili Casserole

I made this up years ago when I had not-enough of a bunch of things. It's basically an extrapolated tamale pie. I'm sorry this is so long. I promise it's not difficult. 1 15-ounce can chili (2 cups homemade/leftover) 1 pound ground meat, browned and drained (beef, turkey, whatever) 1 15-ounce can beans, any kind, […]

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Potato and Black-Eyed Pea Soup

2 quarts chicken, turkey, or vegetable stock  (I used the stuff I made by boiling down our Thanksgiving turkey carcass.) 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes in 3/4-inch cubes  (5 small – 3 large. I scrub but don’t peel them) 1 1/2 cups dry black-eyed peas (3-4 cups soaked, or 2 cans) 1/2 pound of […]

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Just Right Beans

I cook four medium potatoes .. clean and do not peal. As I take them out of the water after 15 minutes (3,800 Feet Idaho) .. I use the hot potato water to start my beans. Sometimes I throw an extra potato in and leave it in with the beans .. smashed up. I do […]

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Mexican Soup

1 can tomato soup 1 can of water 1 can baked beans (or equal amount homemade) 1 medium onion chopped 1 packet taco seasoning 1 can kidney beans drained and rinsed 1 green pepper chopped 1 package hot dogs chopped Cook onion and green pepper in a little oil of choice until just tender. Add […]

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