White beans and Quinoa – Warm up on a cold winter day

 

When there is snow on the ground, I like to dream that I am walking on clouds

I love experimenting with different beans and spices to create unique tasting items at a low to moderate cost.  Too often beans are made fun of because they are a low-cost item and/or because of the aftermath some folks experience.  I cringe every time I hear the phrase, beans and rice, rice and beans as if it is a penalty to eat beans or only poor folks eat beans. Beans such as black beans are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, and Sodium. It is also a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber and Folate. Resource

  1. Buy good quality beans
  2. Soak your beans overnight in the spices that you intend to cook them with adding a great flavor to the mix.

To keep the meals at a lower cost and ensure that you know what is in the meal, I recommend not using pre-made liquid or paste soup mixes.  We always have on hand a large amount of celery, onions, and garlic to create a great tasting base for all soups, dips, and more.  Try different peppers for their unique taste and textures.  My favorite are colorful bell peppers, jalapeño peppers, and habanero but I enjoy ‘warmth’ in my soups and dips.  Additionally, we have on hand a nice selection of different spices such as cumin, cayenne, chili powder, turmeric, and more.

White beans and Quinoa Recipe – Warm up on a cold winter night

Soak 1 cup of white beans in 3 cups of water and spices overnight.  Before adding the water, cover the beans with a nice layer of chili powder, cumin, and a dash of Bragg’s Amino Acid.   Cut up 3 stalks of celery, 1 sweet onion, and garlic to taste, 1-2 red/yellow bell pepper, 3-5 jalapeño peppers, 1 habanero pepper.  Heat large pot – the best way to test is to toss a splash of water on the bottom of the pot and if it dances, then it is perfect.   Add the cut up veggies and lower temp, spray with a dash of Bragg’s Amino Acid, chili powder, black pepper, and let the veggies simmer until soft.  I cut up mushrooms and add to the mix and ‘test’ the mix as a small meal.  When the mix is soft, scoop out 1-2 spoonful for taste testing.  Once the flavor is where you want it, add the white beans that you soaked (and drained) to the mix.  Stir everything together.  In a tea pot, boil 3 cups of water and slowly add to the mix until the water covers the mix.  I boil the water to reduce cooking time and knowing that the pot is already ‘hot’ and to avoid slowing the cooking process. Cook on low until the beans are tender adding spices to taste. This is when I will add 1-2 more jalapeño peppers and some pink salt.  Once the beans are ‘perfect’, add ½ cup of Quinoa for a unique taste.  Let everything sit until the Quinoa is tender.  One method is to take a large scoop of the mix and blend in a powerful blender then add back into the mix.  This mixture is a tremendous ‘stew’ like

Cook on low until the beans are tender adding spices to taste. This is when I will add 1-2 more jalapeño peppers and some freshly ground pink salt.  Once the beans are ‘perfect’, add ½ cup of Quinoa for a unique taste and stir together.  Let everything sit until the Quinoa is tender which could take 20 minutes.  One method is to take a large scoop of the mix and blend in a powerful blender then add back into the mix.  This mixture is a tremendous ‘stew’ like

After everything is cooked, One method is to take a large scoop of the mix and blend in a powerful blender then add back into the mix.  This mixture is a tremendous ‘stew’ like meal.  For a fun taste, mix both white and black beans adding cumin, chili powder, and/or red pepper flakes, to taste.

You can blend the entire mix making a great tasting bean dip for eating with celery, cucumbers, mushrooms, carrots, etc – Eat healthy and treat your body as the gift it is to you!

Eat healthy and treat your body as the gift it is to you!

White Beans that we use


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