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4/5/12 3:34 A

Try bean burgers! You can use any type of beans, even split peas, and different spices. I like a pea one with liquid smoke flavoring, and a black bean one with chili, lime, cilantro, garlic, and diced tomato and onion. So good. Just google bean burger recipe, you'll find dozens. Make them in little rectangles, and they are great for wraps!

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3/31/12 6:34 P

I'm making a white bean dip right now, actually. I'm roasted a bulb of garlic and a red pepper (which I will peel), and I'll puree those two ingredients with a can of drained, rinsed cannellini beans and some herbs and spices. I might put in a bit of goat cheese too. A dip like this is great with for veggies or rice crackers, or it can be spread on a wrap or sandwich. I'll make similar ones with black beans (plus lime juice, cumin, cilantro, etc.) or chickpeas (mixing up the standard hummus recipes; I like one with cumin, cilantro, lime juice, toasted cashews and fresh ginger).

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3/31/12 4:16 P

Make your own hummus!


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3/31/12 9:21 A

I'm Italian and we have always put beans in macaroni with sauce and I love it.

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3/31/12 12:04 A

One I'm hoping to get the hang of is blackeyed pea pancakes. They are in Madjur Jaffrey's vegetarian cookbook.

Daal of all kinds is so tasty.

Split pea soup is great - you can use lean ham or a smoked turkey leg instead of a hamhock to cut down on the fat.

Red lentils cook really quickly - I like to make them with onions, coconut milk and curry paste and have them with brown rice and stirfried veggies.

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3/29/12 8:28 A

Homemade hummus is amazing!
You can use chick peas or black beans for a twist.

Black beans with quinoa is so yummy!

There is no limits to the things you can make with beans or add beans into!

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3/29/12 1:01 A

learning to cook more with beans - always looking for good recipes!

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3/28/12 10:33 A

I love my two lunch recipes. They can be eaten for dinner too, but I make one batch and use it for lunch every day.
Lentils and brown rice: in some olive oil, put diced onion, carrots, celery. then add bag of washed lentils, and 1 cup of washed brown rice. 5 cups of broth (I use water) and 4 bay leaves. Let simmer until all water is gone and rice and lentils are done. About 30-40 minutes. Then I add a small can of diced tomatoes. This gives it enough salt for me.

Mexican Black Beans: Cook two cups of brown rice, Drain and rinse two cans black beans. When rice is done, add one bag frozen corn, black beans and about one cup of salsa. If you like cilantro, put some in at end. Diced fresh tomatoes are also good to add at the end.

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3/22/12 9:35 P

My favorite bean dish lately has been making veggie burgers with black beans, kidney beans, brown rice, sauteed onions and green and red bell peppers. Very yummy (I used 'taco' type seasonings: cumin, paprika, chili powder, garlic)

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3/22/12 10:13 A

I made a tortilla soup last night from the Fat2Fitradio site (a couple of episodes ago). No one went away from the table with less than 2 servings and several had three.

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3/22/12 7:33 A

I have two rice-cooker beans and rice recipes. Either one tastes good with cooked ground beef, pan-wilted onion, and a bit of lightly cooked green pepper.

One is pre-cooked kidney beans, skinless tomato, rice in equal amounts, enough water to cook the rice. For spices, use some form of flavorful hot sauce or paprika.

The other is black beans, brown rice, and squash. This makes a decent wrap-filling.

Then there is always bean-heavy chili.

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3/21/12 10:38 P

A super quick and yummy good-for-you meal is a can of your favorite beans topped with salsa and fat free sour cream or plain yogurt.

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3/21/12 7:41 P

Beans and greens are my favorite way to eat them. You can do something as simple as saute some spinach in olive oil with lots of garlic, then add a drained can of cannelini beans, for a side dish, or add some browned sliced turkey sausage for a main dish. Any green will go well, though. Collards simmered with a smoked turkey wing, paired with seasoned pintos and a little corn bread is another one. Experiment! The other night, we had a stew made with chopped broccoli rabe, red bell peppers, white beans, and a little chicken broth and lemon juice, with Parmesan cheese. Outstanding!

Try canned chickpeas in the easiest salad ever. Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas, dice a little red onion, some cucumber, red pepper, a couple olives, grape tomatoes, whatever appeals to you, then dress with balsamic vinegar, and crumble some feta on top. Or use lemon juice and olive oil, with a little oregano. We eat this all summer, it's sturdy, filling, and is a good thing to take to barbecues. Basically use the profile of your favorite pasta salad, but sub in the chickpeas for pasta.

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3/21/12 6:12 P

Falafel, bean "crusts" for savory tarts and such, red or black beans and rice, chili
I love bean dishes!

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3/21/12 3:46 P

I want to incorporate more beans into my diet too. This week I'm having a wrap with tuna and black beans. I've also tried sweet potato and black bean burritos. Lentil soup. Vegetable curry with chickpeas. Chili with black beans and red beans...I know there are more but those are just a few of mine!

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3/21/12 11:35 A

So I have been experimenting with bean- every bean I can find. I've made 14 bean soups, bean and veggie burgers, bean brownies and of course just the bean. I am happy to say that my family and I have discovered we like them!! So I am looking for more hints for cooking and for eating. Ideas?

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