Beans have been a major topic this week and a recipe came to my attention for black beans I could not wait to share with you Club Members! Here it is:
2 cups chopped onion
1 minced cloves of garlic
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup prepared red salsa *The Kitchen Police will not arrest you if you choose green salsa. Use what you like.
1 fresh pepper-choose red or green or yellow
3 cups cooked black beans
3 cups canned whole tomatoes, juice and all
2 cups frozen corn kernels
salt, pepper to taste
2 cups water
*Prepared in a soup pot as as, you will have a delicious soup. For the casserole, just prepare as follows:
Add 3 cups cooked pasta. *The cook gets to decide what KIND of pasta: bow ties, elbow macaroni, rotelli would work well. Place in casserole dish, top with 1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese and bake 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven until it is thoroughly heated.
Besides being easy to prepare and easy on your food budget, this would travel well to a pot luck or to a neighbor who might need a meal because of a hospitalization. It’s appropriate for Sunday dinner when a van load of your cousins show up at meal time because it’s the end of the month, too!
This casserole is quite filling but you might want a little something sweet to polish off your meal. This is a rerun; I made up a bowlful this morning and boy was it yummy:
1/2 cup white chia seeds *Black ones work well, too
1/4 cup honey
1 can coconut milk
dash of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla *or almond or mint or whatever YOU like
Mix together, cover and store in the fridge. If you leave it alone, the seeds will float to the top and stay there. You can stir it periodically to mix the seeds, but who has the time for that? grin
At serving time you can pair it up with canned or fresh fruit or berries as a topping, or serve it as is.
This recipe doubles or triples beautifully, depending on how many toes sit around your table. It makes a great snack and I’ve been known to eat it for breakfast, as well.
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One of the Club Members popped by yesterday and-bless her heart-she promised to get us the recipe for a BEAN CAKE that she says is amazing. Well, I’m down with THAT. Better get my baking stuff out…
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