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GALAXYJANE's Photo GALAXYJANE Posts: 11
3/7/12 3:57 P

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Hello! 4th week on 4hr body.
I find myself getting really fond of canned refried beans. If you thin them a little, with water or butter, they can go on other vegetables almost like a thick slightly spicy sauce (I especially like them with broccoli, cauliflower, or sauteed onions, or just mixed into fajita meat and vegetables).

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9/15/11 9:14 P

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This could be a good recipe for us without the cheese. It has eggs, beans, tomatoes and spices.

www.closetcooking.com/2011/09/mexica
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NEUTRALHILLS's Photo NEUTRALHILLS SparkPoints: (20,093)
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8/12/11 11:47 P

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This evening's adventure:

- 2 cups cooked navy beans
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 2 tbsp chopped onion
- 2 tbsp chopped red pepper
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste

Mixed up in the food processor. More chopped onion and red pepper added for texture. Served on top of cucumber slices. It actually tasted rather like salsa with some sour cream mixed in.

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3/24/11 11:46 A

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I tried a recipe. And I liked it! :) I am finding it fun to experiment with how to make beans a little more tasty. Today I tried a version of curried black beans. I put my 1/3 of a can rinsed in a bowl, put a table spoon or two of coconut milk, some yellow curry spice to taste (probably about a tbs. for me, give or take), a little salt, ginger powder, and a shake of spicy red pepper flake. Mixed it all up and microwaved it covered for 30 seconds covered and 30 seconds uncovered (to thicken the sauce). Yummmy. I love when an idea works out.

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3/11/11 10:53 A

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Lately I haven't been feeling like cooking so I tried to think of a quick way to make my beans but still give them a little flavor. So I discovered that A1 stake sauce only has 2g of sugars per tablespoon which is comparable to saracha which is allowed, so I figured it would be fine. :) So I put about half a tbs in a bowl with my 1/3 of a can of well rinsed pinto beans, stir it up and microwave covered for 40 seconds. Cheap and easy stake house beans! :) Well ok, it's not the same as having real stake house beans but they are still really good, especially in a pinch when you don't feel like sauteing onions. :)

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3/3/11 12:00 P

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Whoa, this is a sticky? *melts and grins*

What I've been doing lately is just this;
Take a cup of my beans of choice (usually black, pinto or kidney) and cook it with about 1 TBS of garlic mush - after cooking this turns into 2-3 cups.

Then I had add half a cup of it to my salads. No headaches, no thinking, and the general tastes keep changing.

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SANFRANLAURA's Photo SANFRANLAURA Posts: 15
3/2/11 9:54 P

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My beans have consisted of mostly lentils. I think the easiest way to do them is to saute some onions, garlic and spices and then add in 1-2 cans of strained lentils.

Occasionally I'll cook lentils from scratch when I'm not pressed for time as they're cheaper and you don't have to worry about excess sodium.
www.slowcarbfoodie.com/2011/01/24/ho
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I have a bunch of other lentil recipes on my food blog. This one for spicy bacon lentils is my fave so far

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2/10/11 5:36 P

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Edamame -- my staple bean. Truly.
Refried beans -- try the vegetarian ones.
15-bean soup -- a dry bean package at my grocery. (I add meat. Ham. Maybe turkey kielbasa.)
Sausage and lentils
My husband's mom's vegetable beef soup w/ twice as many beans added
Black beans, white beans, black eyed peas, or kidney beans from a can

My mom used to make salmon cakes -- like crab cakes -- from canned salmon and serve them with white beans and cornbread. No cornbread here, of course, but soupy white beans with the salmon cakes are delish.

I cut up chicken breast in a bowl. Put either refried beans or black beans on top. (Heat.) Put shredded spinach or lettuce on top. Then add some fresh salsa and, occasionally, some fresh avocado. Terrific Mexican meal.

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GIRLJ71 Posts: 1
2/10/11 1:29 P

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I have had little luck finding "slow carb" recipes, but I did come across this in one of my web searches.

http://robbwolf.com/wp/wp-content/upload
s/2010/12/The-Slow-Carb-Cookbook.pdf

I especially like the Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

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EYESWIDE's Photo EYESWIDE Posts: 44
2/1/11 9:10 P

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My sister makes this dish called Black Bean Chicken.

Dice boneless chicken, saute with garlic and onions, stir in canned black beans and add cumin, chili powder, chipotle, your favourite Mexican food spices.
She would serve it with flour tortillas but I eat it on it's own garnished with diced scallions, homemade guacamole and a nice green salad. It's soooo yummy!

Hmmmm, I may have to make some right now!

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1/26/11 9:18 A

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I love Trader Joe's! I am on the road a lot and love to grab steamed lentils and lemon pepper chicken from the refrigerated section. I also will grab an avocado and some broccoli and I'm good to go... Fast, 100% on the diet and enough for 2 meals. The lentils taste good without anything added... I think.

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LINDAHICKAM's Photo LINDAHICKAM Posts: 97
1/21/11 1:36 P

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Sparklit, your idea about the ginger and coriander is a new idea to me so thank you, sounds great! I made a thick yummy filling lentil "soup" quickly by washing lentils, cook with chopped onions, a little chopped celery and carrot if it is handy. Don't overcook til mushy, taste as you go and take of heat when still has some bite, same if making a lentil salad. Season with salt, pepper, garlic, and if fancy, cumin, anything you like. Meat is great added, some chicken (Ham is traditional and pork is ok so... probably ok and best tasting?)

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1/21/11 10:30 A

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Im From India...and beans of many types are a staple. A simple way we make them is this.....Soak overnight or longer..drain the water , rinse and wash. Add fresh water, salt and pressure cook till done. Saute chopped onions, tomatoes,garlic and ginger till the oil separates. Add to beans. Season with coriander,cumin,paprika or whatever and let cook together for a while.

Some beans especially black eyed beans are nice plain boiled with salt. Cooled. With some lemon juice,chopped onion,tomatoes,coriander leaves,green chillies,crushed black pepper.

I also do a lettuce salad with boiled pinto/kidney beans and tuna and a french style dressing.

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1/21/11 12:24 A

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Okay!
Thanks guys! After reading the comments and talking to a few people I decided to make my red lentil soup but add beans to it and see how it works out.

I'll be updating here with the recipe if it comes out good :)

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PAMMIETAJ Posts: 114
1/20/11 9:14 P

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I love beans. I usually just rinse and sort a pound of black beans, put them in the slow cooker with six to seven cups of water, add a chopped onion and a small can of diced green chilis (or a fresh green chili chopped up), cumin, chili powder, and oregano to taste. Maybe a can of tomatoes if you can include that particular fruit and get good results.

For lentils, I do the same as above, with carrots, onion, and celery for the veg and thyme and oregano for the seasoning.

For both of those, salt and pepper to taste.

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1/20/11 9:08 P

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Honestly, I just toss them in with vegetables I've already sauteed, and the beans sort of take on the vegetable taste. I've never experimented with adding spices, for example. Sorry I cannot be more help right now, except to say that just tossing them on the vegetables works for me!

If you want to eat them separately, I think my sister tosses them in some lemon juice with a little salt. They don't need a lot. They might be nice mixed with some salsa or chopped lettuce with cilantro, too.

I tend to use canned beans because they're easier. I did try to cook dried beans the other day and burned them because, silly me, I didn't realize the water would evaporate. Don't make my mistake! :-)


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1/20/11 4:23 P

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Okay, I'm starting this plan tomorrow morning and I went ahead and purchased my black beans and spinach leafs today.

This is the first time I've ever experimented with beans, so it's new territory for me. I already put them in water for over night, but I'm really not sure what to make with them!

Does anyone have any ideas / suggestions? I need something VERY simple but also tasty since I can't put this on bread or rice.

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