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2/12/12 2:56 A

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sherri i will give that ago today have my sil and her family coming hope it works with mixedbeans was originally planning to make mixed beans felafal when i put them to soak yesturday but i like the sound of that.in have soaked a mixture of red,green and brown lentils along with cick peas,black eyed beans,harricot and kidney beans.usually do the same mixtures for soup,cassoroles and my bean felafal and a hummous type mix.i usually soak a big load of them then freeze them in portions so they are ready to cook as and when i need them for a recipe.also i replace half of my minced meat with lentils when making a chilli or bolonaise sauce.still put kidney beans in the chilli as well.my kids love tomatoe and lentil soup.but this with the rice i will give a go today.what spices and herbs do you use and do you put a bit of olive oil in the rice cooker as well?

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2/11/12 12:50 P

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I use my rice cooker (small inexpensive one) to cook dried lentils or lentils and brown rice. I put 1 cup lentils, 1 cup brown rice & herbs/spices + 3 cups of water and they cooked up super yummy. Can't get much cheaper either! Love it :)

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2/1/12 12:07 A

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Hmm, I really like:

Kale Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup
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1/31/12 3:32 P

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Pulse recipes I know and love!

Mesir wat - spicey red lentils (Ethiopian) - I took this dish to a pot luck last weekend and it was the hit of the meal. http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
il.asp?recipe=1956521

Azifa - cold brown lentil salad (Ethiopian) - this dish always reminds me of tuna salad (although my non-vegetarian friends think I'm odd when I say that). recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
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Tuscan White Bean and Spinach Soup (Italian) - http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
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Alyson's Vegetarian Chili - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
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1/31/12 3:23 P

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Dried and canned legumes are great for saving big bucks on your grocery bill, are packed full of nutrients/fiber and are a a great substitute for meat. However, many people avoid cooking with them simply because they either don't know HOW or are unfamiliar with the many ways legumes/pulses can be used.

I started this thread in hopes of collecting together some of your favorite tried and true legume/pulse recipes.

In addition, here are a couple of internet resources I've found useful when cooking dried legumes:
--A list of cooking times for various foods using a pressure cooker. fastcooking.ca/pressure_cookers/cook
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g_times_pressure_cooker.php

--A comparison of pressure cookers www.consumersearch.com/pressure-cook
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(I personally use a Fagor Duo Stainless-Steel 4-Quart Pressure Cooker which I purchased on sale this past Christmas - LOVE IT!)

Of course, you don't have to have a pressure cooker to cook dried beans (but is sure is handy!) You can cook them on the stovetop in a pan or in a slow cooker. Or you can simply use canned.

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