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9/7/13 10:16 A

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8/5/13 4:34 P

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Good advice Mrs. Jocco!!

My mother always taught me beans are loaded with salt. She woud say "Let them soak and double in size at least. Don't forget to pour out the soak water. They will be softer to chew!"

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6/27/13 8:57 A

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Any type of bean or lentil dish will taste better with a little vinegar or lemon juice added after it's cooked. Or, add a tablespoon of a condiment that is vinegar-based like worcestershire sauce or a really nice grainy mustard.

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3/20/13 8:47 P

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Love to roast several kinds of vegetables to use in wraps, omlettes, and to stuff tomatoes and peppers.

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3/20/13 11:02 A

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Don't add salt to a pot of beans before they are completely cooked or their skins will toughen. emoticon

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3/20/13 8:59 A

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RUMBAMEL, I cook pinto beans in my crock pot all the time. They are tough little buggers, I cook mine for nine or 10 hours. Soak them over night and then start them in the morning before I go to work. When I get home I chop up a whole large onion, some jalapeños, garlic, bell pepper, and whatever else sounds good and then cook it for another hour or two. If you are adding seasoning like a taco seasoning packet, don't put it in until about twenty minutes before you are going to eat.

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3/4/13 4:16 P

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You go, Buffalo girl queen!

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3/4/13 4:08 P

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I'm going to shamelessly promote a recipe I just created here. It all started with the buffalo "wing" cauliflower recipe that's been floating around Pinterest since about the time of the Super Bowl. I adapted that recipe to fit my taste a bit and uploaded it here: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?
recipe=2399571

Then today I got a craving for a buffalo chicken sub. I figured I could make the buffalo cauliflower and make a mock buffalo chicken sub at home, but much to my dismay I didn't have any suitable rolls for a sub, and not even a decent tortilla for a wrap. All was not lost, however, as I decided to turn to whole thing into a salad. Here's what went into it:

1/3 small head of lettuce
1 oz grated cheddar cheese
4-6 sliced black olives
1 serving of my buffalo cauliflower recipe

And on top of everything? Some ranch dressing I made up from yogurt, milk, and Hidden Valley ranch seasoning. Holy deliciousness. Here's the dressing:

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For the whole salad, here's the nutrition breakdown:

Calories: 419
Carbs: 45
Fat: 19
Protein: 20

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3/1/13 6:05 P

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Your beans sound fantastic!
Just think about all those fatty calories you are saving.
They do add up when consuming boxed, canned and prepared foods.
Hope you enjoy them.

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3/1/13 4:54 P

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Wow, you were busy!!

I had some dried pinto beans hanging around so I decided to see what I could do with my Crockpot. I added some veggie broth and some homemade taco seasoning, covered it on high and let it go. It's been going about 4 1/2 hrs and it smells awesome. I hope it tastes great. The recipe said 2 C beans and cover with liquid 2 in. above...she used about 6 C. I only had 1 1/2 C and did the 2 in. test, so I'm not sure how much liquid I used. We'll see soon.

Ok, checked it after 5 hrs and it needs a bit more time, but is soaking up the liquid well. I added a bit of salt because it does need it. I don't know if I will mash them or not.

Well, it needs tweaking. Neither I not my daughter, 9, liked it at all. The flavor was bland, even with salt and the taco seasoning. Such a shame since it smelled awesome! Also, the beans didn't taste done. I cooked them at least 6 hours.

If anyone else tries this, let me know how it works.

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3/1/13 3:47 P

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Just finished my cooking for the week and I'm so excited!
Made a few new things that just popped into my head and they are delish!

Roasted a halved eggplant with garlic, orange peppers, onions, mushrooms and tomatoes.
Then chopped it all up and added lemon rind, sage, a pinch of dried lavender, roasted hot peppers and fresh chopped rosemary. Will add some fresh parsley and a bit of mint before serving.

The next thing was sauteed mini green beans, roasted garlic, mushroom caps, finely chopped celery with the green tops, lemon rind, a bit of apple cider vinegar, red pepper flakes and salt to taste.

Sliced up some tofu, marinaded it and then sauteed it with more of the roasted garlic and mushroom caps. Will add slivered toasted almonds before serving.

Also made not fried re-fried beans for burritos.

The oven was still on so I roasted a big pan of halved plum tomatoes.

All in all I spent less than $15.00 for it all and have enough for the entire week and then some.

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2/28/13 9:58 A

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Mushrooms make a great base for any soup, stew or stock.

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2/25/13 8:48 P

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Love the tips! I love the soy crumbles for hamburger. Or sometimes I will do beans instead of ground beef..

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2/11/13 9:02 A

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Quorn is a meat substitute made from mycoprotein, that's right fungus. They make it in beef or chicken. I normally buy the chicken it looks just like chicken. I don't eat it very often it is expensive and I have to drive to the health food store it get it.

I like to eat a baked potato sprinkled with nutritional yeast and then pour spicy black beans on top.

If you want your tofu to have a more meat like consistence, freeze the block in the container. Then put it in the refrigerator to thaw. Once it is thawed out, drain the container, and place the tofu on some paper towels in a plate, add more paper towels and another plate on top. Gently squeeze out the water.

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2/10/13 5:35 P

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Tofu, TVP and nutritional yeast

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2/10/13 11:21 A

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Cheese and nuts in my salad. Wendy's has one. I give the chicken to my kids and it works great, no need for dressing either. :)

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2/10/13 11:19 A

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I did a baked potato with either cream chs or Greek yogurt and then some cheese and hot sauce for a substitute for buffalo chicken dip.....YUM

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rice for meat

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2/10/13 6:51 A

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I like to use Morningstar crumbles as hamburg substitute in casseroles.


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What is quorn?

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I use quorn as a meat substitute

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I like to grill hardy veggies like carrots. It gives a different dimension to your dinner plate.

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Substitute baked tofu for meats in recipes.

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Use baked tofu* as you would (have used) cold cheese on sandwiches and salads emoticon

(Trader Joe's has Teriyaki and Savory flavored baked tofu near the cheeses)

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2/7/13 1:54 P

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Beans provide quick, easy protein and carbs.

And joining a CSA was the best thing I've done to boost my veggie consumption.


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