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Old 02-21-2007, 08:05 PM   #11
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Re: Do you cook with beans?

i loooooooove beans
i eat them often too
i also make lentils too as stew with potatoes, carrots. cheap and yummy

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Old 02-21-2007, 08:25 PM   #12
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I use white beans in place of chicken, pink in place of pork and black in place of beef. I just make it up and season as the recipe calls for and noone ever complains. The seasonings make it familar, the color is right and they get used to the texture.
I need to start trying this!! Great plan!

We all like beans and need to cut back on our grocery spending. This would help I think. It's just sort of new to me and I wasn't sure how to make the switch but this is great! Thanks!
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BTW if you soak dried beans for four hours and then pour off the soaking water, you will get rid of most, if not all, of those hard-to-digest carbs that lead to gas. You just put them in fresh water for another few hours, depending on the type of bean!
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We eat a lot of pinto beans but that is really all. I cook them in the crock pot and then freeze them in batches so they are onhand when we want them. We ususally have them 2-3 times a week. : ) They make great burritos, refried beans, soups, etc. HTH
Ha ha ha! We do the SAME thing with all kinds of beans! It's great! Just throw the dried beans (after washing them) in the crockpot, cover with water and cook for 3-4 hrs. on high! Very easy!
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Re: Do you cook with beans?

I grew up vegetarian, and we HAD to eat lots of beans for the protein! I like to soak then cook a whole bag of pinto beans in the crockpot.

I make refried beans with some... great for bean tacos.... here's my refried bean recipe-

Heat In medium or large skillet over medium high heat on stovetop-
1/2 cup shortening / lard / olive oil
1/4 onion, chopped fine
2 cloves of garlic, chopped fine

Mash into oil mixture (with a bean/potato masher or a large fork)
- 3-4 cups cooked pinto beans (do not drain)

Add to taste:
salt
pepper
seasoned salt
a squeeze of lime

All done! Serve with cheese.


I make a stew with some...
chicken, chicken broth, whatever veggies are on hand...

I just might throw some in a shephard's pie tomorrow...

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What a great thread. I get dried beans from WIC and have so many that I don't know what to do with!! lol I make baked beans with them, but needed some other ideas!! Thanks!!

Here's my Mom's baked bean recipe!!

1 lb baby lima beans
lb bacon cut up
2 onions chopped
1 cup catsup
1 can tomato soup
soup can water
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp salt
dash of garlic powder

Wash beans and soak until skins begin to curl (about 2 hours). Cover with fresh water, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water. Cook on top of stove until beans are tender (about 45 minutes). Combine all remaining ingredients. Drain beans and add sauce. Bake in 350 for about 2 hours. Do not cook dry.
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Re: Do you cook with beans?

I'm a vegetarian so I eat a lot of beans. I use them in place of meat in a lot of recipes.
Some meals I like are baked beans, bean burgers, tacos and burritos, bean casseroles, beans and rice, bean loaf etc. I also cook them in my crockpot sometimes. There are a couple of god bean cookbooks. I can't think of the names right now, but check your library.
I use mainly canned beans and rinse them off really well first to get rid of the excess salt.
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