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Old 09-10-2006, 06:59 PM   #11
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Re: Needing dried beans & lentils recipe's

I don't have the recipe but in the tightwad gazette she lists a recipe for taco style lentil bake or something like that. she said her dh actually rated it pretty high and he didn't like lentils.

maybe you could check the book out??

I also love the hillbilly housewife website. she has recipes for beans in there too.


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Old 09-11-2006, 03:17 PM   #12
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Re: Needing dried beans & lentils recipe's

If you're new to dried beans, and want to use a slow cooker, one rule I learned awhile back when I was having trouble with the beans NEVER softening, after hours in the crockpot, is that you wait to add the salt and anything acidic (like tomatoes) until AFTER the beans are softened. Can't remember why, but it was the reason my entire pot of black bean soup was awful, when it's usually terrific.

Here's my fave bean recipe, you can add browned and crumbled ground beef if you want but it's great without too! You can make it with dry beans too, and if you're pressed for time you can skip the sauteeing step. I fiddle with this recipe constantly, based on what we have available and how much time I have, so feel free to fiddle with it yourself!

Black Bean Soup

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 chopped onion (or 1/2, if you prefer)
2 sticks chopped celery
1 clove minced garlic
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 can stewed tomatoes (or even better, diced tomatoes with green chiles)
1 can corn, drained
3 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
4 c beef broth (or vegetable broth, just use as much as you need until
it gets as "soupy" as you like)
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
3 tsp taco seasoning

1 c shredded cheddar (optional)
1 c crushed tortilla chips (optional) (great use for stale leftover chips)

1) In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, garlic and
carrots, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
2) Puree the stewed tomatoes and one can of beans. Pour into a big
stew pot (or crockpot).
3) Add all the rest of the ingredients (except cheese and chips) to
the stew pot (or crockpot). Heat until simmering, and simmer as long
as you want, stirring occasionally. (If in crockpot, turn on low for 8
hours or high for 3 hours.) Serve whenever you want, topping each bowl
with a hearty sprinkling of cheese and chips.
DH "E"
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