Simple Spicy Red Beans: Comfort Food

Simple Spicy Red Beans: Comfort Food

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Simple Spicy Red Beans: Comfort Food
Simple Spicy Red Beans are the ultimate comfort food. Use canned beans for a meal done in minutes, or start from scratch with dried beans. Eat these as a stand-alone meal, serve over greens and/or rice, add veggies and roll into a wrap, or top with guacamole and salsa and turn it into a dip. Make a big batch and eat all week.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
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Quick and Easy Version
Old School & Bulk Version
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
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servings
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Quick and Easy Version
Old School & Bulk Version
Instructions
Quick and Easy Version
  1. Add all ingredients to a sauce pan and heat to a simmer. Remove from heat and serve. Yep. It's that easy. Eat as a stand-alone meal, or serve with rice, in a burrito, or add to salads.
Old School & Bulk Version
  1. Place dried beans in a bowl and cover with water. Soak for 12-24 hours. Drain and rinse.
  2. In a stock pot, cover beans with with water and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Cooking time will vary based on the age of the bean. My soaked kidney beans from the grocery normally take about 1.5 hours, but fresher beans will cook faster. Add salt when they are about 3/4 done (chewable, but not yet tender)—this will infuse them with flavor without toughening the skin. You can retain the liquid as it's delicious unless you prefer to drain some or all of it off.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients once the beans are about done. Remove from heat and serve. Store excess in freezer (or enjoy leftovers all week).
Recipe Notes

Read why soaking beans is important. Also, when you cook beans, you can add a bay leaf and/or piece of kombu to add flavor, minerals and digestibility. If you are looking for more anti-inflammatory ingredients, add some turmeric too!

Almond Taco Meat

Almond Taco Meat


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Almond Taco Meat

Taco Tuesday is back. Where's the beef?

Almond Taco Meat

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican

Prep Time 10 minutes

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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican

Prep Time 10 minutes

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Ingredients

Almond Taco Meat


Instructions
  1. Pulse almonds in food processor/blender until they are well chopped, but not fine like flour (20-30 seconds). Add remaining ingredients and blend for another 20-30 seconds. The consistency should be chunky, but not like paste. Add additional salt to taste. Heat in the skillet or serve cold.

Quick & Easy “Cheater” Chili

Quick & Easy “Cheater” Chili

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Quick & Easy "Cheater" Chili
This meal isn't made from scratch, exactly, but it's still a powerhouse of nutrition and flavor. When your pantry and freezer are stocked with organic soups, grains, beans and vegetables, it's easy to make a delicious meal in minutes.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 10 min
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 10 min
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. This meal isn't made from scratch, exactly, but it's still a powerhouse of nutrition and flavor. Stock your pantry with soups, grains, beans and organic vegetables.
  2. In a large pot, add ingredients, starting with the soups. If using fresh chopped vegetables that need to cook (carrots, onions, bell peppers, okra, garlic, etc.) add next and heat on medium high.
  3. Next, add beans (drain), jalapeño, pumpkin, and diced tomatoes (don't drain). Then corn, quinoa, other frozen vegetables, and lime juice.
  4. Season to taste. Chili powder and cumin are the obvious go-tos for chili, but turmeric, thyme, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, and even curry powder for a middle-eastern flare or cinnamon/nutmeg/cocoa powder for a Cincinnati style.
  5. Fresh cilantro and/or green onions, and a scoop of guacamole (if you have it) are the cherry on top of this cheater chili.
  6. Eat leftovers for lunch and/or store a batch in the freezer for the next emergency.
Caribbean Beans and Rice

Caribbean Beans and Rice


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Caribbean Beans and Rice

This hearty staple of beans and rice turns Caribbean with the addition of coconut milk and lime juice. Whole food plant based eating tastes so good!

Course Main Dish

Prep Time 10
Cook Time 20

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Course Main Dish

Prep Time 10
Cook Time 20

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Ingredients


Instructions
  1. In medium sauce pan, whisk bouillon into water and bring to a boil. Add rice. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

  2. In large skillet, saute garlic, onion and jalapeño in diced tomatoes. Once onion is soft, whisk in the coconut milk and beans. Add cumin, chili powder, turmeric, coriander and squeeze in the juice from one lime. Simmer for a few minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Remove from heat. Add the rice to the skillet. Garnish with cilantro and green onion.


Recipe Notes

If you have a favorite Caribbean spice blend, forgo my recipe and use your own favorite seasonings. Beans and rice can handle a lot flavor, so don't be afraid to add extra. My measurements are approximate, and in the end, I always add extra dashes of everything from onion and garlic powder, to paprika, thyme, oregano and even curry. Add some hot sauce if you like it spicy! You can't go wrong here! 

Make this your kids favorite filling meal by wrapping in a whole grain tortilla shell and topping with avocado and salsa.

Black Bean Vegan Chili

Black Bean Vegan Chili


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Black Bean Vegan Chili
This simple and flavorful vegan chili recipe is high in protein and nutrients.
Black bean sweet potato quinoa chili
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Ingredients
Black bean sweet potato quinoa chili
Instructions
  1. Saute onions and garlic in soup pot.
  2. Add the tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, and oregano and stir for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the beans, stock, and potatoes, and season with salt and pepper, if desired, and cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add in quinoa and cook for an additional 20 minutes or so until quinoa and potatoes are cooked, stir frequently.
  5. Top with avocado, chopped cilantro, or jalapeños. Enjoy the Vegan Chili with Quinoa, Sweet Potato, and Black Beans!
Texas Caviar (Southwest Black Bean Salad)

Texas Caviar (Southwest Black Bean Salad)


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Texas Caviar (Southwest Black Bean Salad)
Black beans are Texas Caviar. Creamy, mouth-popping flavor serves as a stand-alone meal or as a nice addition to the Cowboy party buffet.
Texas Caviar
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
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Texas Caviar
Instructions
  1. Chop or dice all of the vegetables to small bite size. The avocados will provide the creamy texture, so pre-mash if they are not ripe enough to "dissolve" on their own. Add the spices, and toss thoroughly.
  2. Serve over lettuce or place in center of a platter of tortilla chips. Flavors intensify as they marinate. Serve chilled and enjoy.

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