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Mixed Greens with Tomato Balsamic Vinaigrette

Mixed Greens with Tomato Balsamic Vinaigrette

Mixed Greens with Tomato Balsamic Vinaigrette

 

1 Tomato

3 T. Balsamic Vinegar

2 T. minced Shallot

1 ½ T. EVOO

¼ tsp. Salt

¼ tsp. Pepper

 

5 C. Mixed Greens

¾ C. Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed

2 Tomatoes, sliced

1 small Cucumber, seeded, and sliced

½ C. thinly sliced Red Onions

 

Seed and chop a tomato; you should have about ¾ C.. Add remaining dressing ingredients along with tomato to blender and puree until smooth. Toss salad ingredients, divide among 4 plates and drizzle each with ¼ dressing.

 

Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 135

Fat: 6g

Fiber: 5g

Charro Beans

Charro Beans

Charro Beans

2 cans pinto beans (drained and rinsed, approx. 4 C.) – ( home cooked beans are better but take a lot longer)

1/2 lb. bacon (approx. 7-8 slices)

4-5 plum tomatoes

1/2 onion

3 chipotles in adobo (1 for my family! Or use jalapeno)

2 cloves garlic

2 C. stock (or water)

1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano (optional)

1/2 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)

freshly cracked black pepper

Cilantro for garnish

 

Give the tomatoes a good rinse and roast them in the oven at 400F for approximately 20 minutes or until you need them.  Chop up the bacon into small pieces.  Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until lightly browned (approx. 5-8 minutes depending on the size of the bacon pieces). Chop up a 1/2 onion and add it the bacon.  I usually reduce heat to mediumish after the bacon is cooked.  Let the onion cook for 3-5 minutes or until tender. Add 2 minced cloves of garlic and cook briefly, 30-60 seconds.  Add the roasted tomatoes to the pan (roughly chopping them up in the pan is fine).  Also add:  2 cans pinto beans (drained and rinsed), 3 minced chipotles in adobo, 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano (optional), 1/2 teaspoon salt, freshly cracked black pepper, and 2 C. of stock (or water).   Combine well and let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the liquid has reduced down a bit.  Salt to taste.  I added another generous pinch to this batch (so that is approx. 1 teaspoon total).   You can also add more heat at this point if you want a more fiery batch with adobo or jalapeno.   Serve immediately.  Note that these beans are best served in some of the broth.  Alternatively, you can use part of the batch to make a bean puree.  Simply add them to a blender or food processor and combine into a puree.  Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Campfire  Hearty Chili

Campfire  Hearty Chili

Campfire  Hearty Chili

1 medium onion, diced

1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained

1 medium can chili beans with seasoning

1 can crushed tomatoes

1 can diced tomatoes

1 packet chili seasoning

 

Place a 12” Dutch oven over 10 hot coals arranged in a circle. Add 1 T. vegetable oil. Sauté diced onion until translucent. Add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Cover with flat lid and add 8 hot coals. Simmer for 60 minutes, adding additional hot coals as needed. Serve hot with corn bread or corn chips. Top with shredded cheese and sour cream.

 

Can also pour over individual sized frito bags.

Campfire Cowboy Beans

Campfire Cowboy Beans

Campfire Cowboy Beans

½ lb. ground beef, browned and drained

1/2 lb. bacon, sliced, browned and drained, optional

1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

2 cans pork and beans

½ cup chopped onion

1 can chopped chiles

½ cup barbecue sauce

 

Arrange 8 hot coals in a circle. Place 12” Dutch oven with feet over hot coals. Sauté chopped onion in oven with 1 Tbs vegetable oil until translucent. Add remaining ingredients and cover with flat lid. Place 8-10 hot coals around perimeter of lid. Simmer for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add new coals after the first 30 minutes.  Serve hot with cornbread or corn pudding.

Pasta Bake with Sausage, Broccoli and Beans

Pasta Bake with Sausage, Broccoli and Beans

Pasta Bake with Sausage, Broccoli and Beans

1/2 tsp. salt

1 large head of broccoli, about 1 1/2 pounds, cut into small florets

3 cloves garlic, peeled

3/4 pound rigatoni

1 T. olive oil, plus more for pan

1 pound Italian-style turkey sausage with fennel (removed from casing if uncooked or thinly sliced if precooked)

1 can cannellini or Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained

2/3 pound skim mozzarella, grated, 1/4 C. reserved

3/4 C. skim ricotta cheese

1/2 C. chicken stock

1/2 C. Pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated, 1/4 C. reserved

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground pepper

3 T. breadcrumbs

1 T. olive oil

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly oil a 9-x-13-inch gratin or baking dish. In a separate pot, bring water to a boil and add 1/2 tsp. of salt, broccoli and garlic. Simmer the broccoli and garlic for 5 minutes, until softened. With a slotted spoon remove the broccoli and garlic to a large bowl. Bring the water back to the boil, add the pasta, and cook the pasta for about 2 minutes less than the package directions suggest, about 11 minutes. The pasta should be al dente, a little firm. Meanwhile, in a large Dutch oven set over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add sausage and the garlic cloves from the broccoli bowl, and cook, stirring frequently until meat is fully cooked and no longer pink, about 4 to 5 minutes, if using fresh sausage. (If using fully cooked sausage, cook until surface is golden, about 2 to 3 minutes.) With a slotted spoon, transfer sausage to the broccoli, and drain most of the oil from the pan, leaving about 2 T.. Discard the garlic. Toss drained pasta with sausage mixture. Add beans, stock, 3/4 C. of grated mozzarella cheese and all of the ricotta. Add remaining salt and pepper. Gently toss. Transfer to prepared gratin or baking dish, top with breadcrumbs, remaining 1/4 C. of grated cheese and 1/4 C. mozzarella cheese, and drizzle with olive oil. If making this in advance, allow the mixture to come to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. Bake for 25 minutes, until heated through and crusty on top

 

From Cook Yourself Thin. 8 servings, 529 Calories

Canning Chili Beans

Canning Chili Beans

Canning Chili Beans

Boiled Water, kept at a simmer

7 quart mason jars

 

Per Jar:

1 C. dried kidney beans

1/4 C. tomato sauce

1/2 tsp. canning salt

1 tsp. smoked paprika OR plain paprika

1 tsp. granulated garlic

1 tsp. granulated onion

1 tsp. dehydrated onion

1 tsp. chili powder’1/4 tsp. cumin

vinegar to wipe rims of jars

 

Using clean quart jars…. add 1 C. dried kidney beans.

Add tomato sauce.

Add spices.

Fill remaining jars with boiled, hot water.

 

Debubble/stir contents. Wipe rims of jars with vinegar, checking for any crack, nicks and making sure rim is clean of debris. Add lid and ring, which has been soaking in hot, simmered water. Place into pressure canner. Canning: 1″ headspace, processed for 90 minutes for quarts, 75 minutes for pints at 10lbs of pressure for Michigan. Check your pressure poundage in your state. When pulling them out of the canner, cover them with a towel and allow them to cool for 24 hours. Check for sealing, remove bands/rings and wash jars in hot soapy water with 1/2 C. vinegar added to the water. Rinse and dry. Label. Place into your pantry.

Quebecois Feves au Lard (Maple Baked Beans)

Quebecois Feves au Lard (Maple Baked Beans)

Quebecois Feves au Lard (Maple Baked Beans)

Serves 12-15 as a side dish. If you’re cooking this for just one or two people, halve the recipe and you should have no trouble finishing it in a couple days.

1 (16 oz.) bag of dried navy beans, soaked overnight and drained (though not as true to the original, you can also use cannellini, kidney, or black beans — or any bean that can hold up well to all that cook time)

1 slice pork fatback or 8 oz. salt pork

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1.5 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground pepper

2/3 C real maple syrup

1.5 tsp. dijon mustard

6 C water

 

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large dutch oven, stir together the beans, salt pork, onion, salt, pepper, syrup, and mustard. Add the water to the beans and bring to a boil on the stove, then cover and bake for an hour and a half, stirring occasionally. Remove cover and bake for another hour or until liquid is mostly absorbed and top is browned and crusty.

Marrow Beans with Swiss Chard and Zesty Lemon

Marrow Beans with Swiss Chard and Zesty Lemon

This is a plump white bean with a creamy texture, it was popular in the U.S. in the 1850’s as a baking bean. They have the flavor of bacon and work well pureed for soup. Great Northern Beans can be substituted.

1 1/2 C. marrow beans
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 large bunch Swiss chard (about 12 oz.)
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 1/2 C. chicken or vegetable broth, preferably homemade
Unrefined sea salt, finely ground

Pour the beans into a large mixing bowl, cover with hot water by 2 inches and stir in the baking soda. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and allow it to sit on the kitchen counter for at least 18 and up to 24 hours. Drain the beans and rinse them well. Put the soaked beans in a large stockpot and pour in enough water to cover the beans by 2 inches. Bring them to a boil over medium‑high heat, cover and simmer until tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Drain the beans and set aside. Using a sharp paring knife, separate the chard stems from the greens. Finely chop the stems and set them in a small bowl. Stack the leaves on top of one another, roll them into a cigar, and slice crosswise into strips 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide. Warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Toss in the garlic and chopped chard stems and sauté until the garlic softens and the color of the chard stems turns ever so slightly more vibrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in the red pepper flakes and lemon zest and cook for a minute or two, then add the beans to the skillet. Sauté the beans for 3 to 5 minutes, until they acquire the flavor of the garlic and lemon. Grab chard leaves by the handful and drop them into the hot pan. Stir once or twice to mix them with the beans, then add the broth. Cover and simmer until the chard leaves wilt, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the lemon juice and season with salt. Serve hot.

Canning 3 (or more) Bean Salad

Canning 3 (or more) Bean Salad

6 C. green beans (or mix of green and yellow Beans)
6 C. cooked red beans (or mix of kidney, navy, pinto, etc)
4 C. cooked garbanzo beans
1 large sweet onion, peeled and sliced thin
1 C. diced Celery
2 large green peppers, seeded and sliced (or red or yellow or even mix with a little hot pepper)
2 C. white vinegar
1 C. lemon juice
3 C. sugar
1 C. oil
1 tsp. Mustard Seed
1 tsp. Celery Seed
2 tsp. canning salt
5 C. water

Wash green beans, snap off ends and cut into 1 to 2 inch pieces. Blanch and cool immediately. (Not really necessary, but will set the color better.) Prepare and set aside all other veggies. In a large stock pot, combine vinegar, lemon juice, sugar and water. Bring this to a boil and remove from heat. Add the oil, and salt, mix well. Add beans, onions, and green pepper to the mix and bring to a simmer. Marinate for 12 to 14 hours in the refrigerator. When marinating is over, heat entire mixture to a boil. Fill clean jars with the mixture. Add any amount of the hot liquid necessary to bring the level of the jars to ½ inch from the top. Put clean lids and rings on and process in a boiling water bath for 30 minutes.

Pantry Friendly Black Bean Soup with Sherry

Pantry Friendly Black Bean Soup with Sherry

1 T. EVOO
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 small Onion, diced
½ tsp. each ground Cumin and dried Oregano
4oz. can chopped Mild Green Chiles, drained
2 15.5oz. can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
14.5oz. can Diced Tomatoes, drained
4 C. Vegetable Broth or Water
¼ tsp. Celery Salt
Pepper
2 T. Dry Sherry

Heat oil in pot over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Stir in spices, then add green chiles, beans and tomatoes. Add broth and season with celery salt and pepper to taste. Simmer 15 minutes to heat through. Just before serving, stir in sherry. If you do not have fresh garlic and onion available, you can use dehydrated versions. Instead of starting in oil, place 1 cup of your broth or water into your pan and add the dried garlic and onion to the broth and heat over medium low until the aromatics rehydrate and start to soften, then proceed with recipe.

Pantry Friendly Pretty Good Gumbo

Pantry Friendly Pretty Good Gumbo

1 T. EVOO
2 cloves Garlic, minced
14.5oz. can diced Tomatoes, drained
5 oz. jar Roasted Red Peppers, diced
1 T. dehydrated minced Onion
6 C. Vegetable Broth or Water
15.5oz. can Kidney beans, drained and rinsed
½ C. Quick Cooking Rice
14oz. can Okra, drained and sliced (optional)
1 tsp. dried Thyme
1 tsp. Filé Powder
¼ tsp. Celery Salt
Salt & Pepper
1 tsp. Tabasco

Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes, peppers, onions and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and add beans, rice, okra, thyme, Filé powder, celery salt and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender and soup is hot, about 5-10 minutes. Add tabasco and taste to adjust seasonings; serve.

Bean & Pea Shoot Stir Fry

Bean & Pea Shoot Stir Fry

This is a flexible dish that I created to make use of stored beans and rice and sprouted seeds. I like pea shoots, so that’s what I have. You could also use mung bean sprouts or another microgreen, such as arugula, sunflower sprouts, watercress, etc. You can also add any kind of other vegetable that you have on hand. I’ve noted where you add them in the recipe. Longer cooking fresh vegetables first, shorter cooking fresh vegetables later, canned (already cooked and more likely to break apart) even later, and then tender greens at the very end. I chose an Asian flavor profile, because that’s what I like and what I am storing, but you can alter the spices, replace the soy with Worcestershire, vinegars, pickling liquid, fish sauce, coconut milk, Mirin and so on).

1 C. Rice
2 C. Water
1 -2 tsp. Oil (If you have fresh vegetables to add in addition to onion, use more. Otherwise, use less)
1 Onion, Sliced (If you do not have this in your root cellar or from a garden, you can omit it, but food without onions is a sad thing!)
2 C. beans, cooked or canned
½ tsp. Garlic Powder
½ tsp. ground Ginger
¼ C. Soy Sauce
1 small can Tomato Paste
½ C. Water
Couple handfuls freshly harvested Pea Shoots (you could also use tender foraged greens such as purslane, dandelion, red clover, lamb’s quarters – but be sure you are picking what you think you are!)

Heat water for rice to near boiling, add rice, stir once. Cover and reduce heat and cook on low for 22-25 minutes. While Rice cooks, heat oil in a large frying pan. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5-10 minutes, until the onion begins to soften and turn translucent. If you happen to have other fresh (sturdier type) vegetables from a garden or forage, such as celery, peppers, or carrots, etc.you can add them with the onion. After 5 minutes or so, if you have more tender / faster cooking vegetables, such as peas, shredded sturdier dark leafy vegetables like collards or kale, fiddleheads etc., you can add them now and cook with the other vegetables a few more minutes. Add beans, garlic powder, ginger, soy sauce, tomato paste and water. IF you happen to have a fully cooked meat product on hand, you can add some of that with the beans. IF you did not have onions or any other vegetables, you can boost the flavor with some dried herbs. IF you have a canned vegetable, you can add that now. Cook over lower heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring gently now and again, until everything is heated through. Add your pea shoots, toss just to combine and slightly wilt the pea shoots. Serve your bean mixture over your cooked rice.

Baked Beans (in Tomato Sauce)

Baked Beans (in Tomato Sauce)

Processing: Pressure Canner 65mins (pints), 75mins (quarts)
Yield: 36 C.

Baked beans are one of the most popular pressure canned food you can make easily at home – and cheap to can in bulk, too! Only use small amounts? Can in half-pint jars. Sunday breakfasts or for atop potatoes, or as a snack with some toast? Pressure can in pints. You can also pressure can in quarts for a family meal ready to heat and eat in minutes. Baked beans are easy, cheap, delicious AND versatile – make your own flavor using different beans and spices!

4 lb. dried haricot beans – or other dried bean (or a mix)
water
16 C. tomato juice
4 C. finely diced onion
6 T. kosher salt (or pickling/canning salt)
2/3 C. raw sugar
dried spices/garlic (optional)

Boil beans 2mins, soak for 1 hour. Weigh dried beans amongst two large pots. Cover with water by 2 inches (5cm). Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes. Then turn the heat off, cover and leave for 1 hour. Then drain well. FACT: draining the water several times during cooking helps to remove the complex sugars from the beans, which create gas in your intestine. Boil beans 5mins, soak 15mins. Return soaked beans to pots, cover with fresh water by 2 inches (5cm). Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes. Then turn the heat off, cover pots and leave for 15 minutes. Then drain well.

Prepare jars. Prepare jars by covering in water and boiling for 10 minutes.

Make tomato sauce. Combine the tomato juice, onion, salt and sugar in a pan. Bring to a boil.

Prepare lids. While you are making the sauce, place the lids into a bowl of boiled water. Do not simmer or boil, just let the lids heat through for 5 minutes while you fill the jars, removing the lids from the water when you are ready to place them onto the jars so they stay hot.

Ladle hot beans into hot jars. Spoon the hot soaked beans (no water) into your hot jars: fill jars 2/3 full with the beans. Ladle the hot tomato sauce over the beans, filling to 1 inch headspace (the headspace is the distance from the jar rim to the sauce level). Remove bubbles using a non-metal utensil (ie chopsticks) and top up with extra sauce to the 1 inch headspace if required. Wipe rims clean with paper towel and add warmed lids and screw on bands to fingertip tight.

Pressure canner processing. Your pressure canner needs 2 inches (5cm) of pre-boiled water in the bottom (and a jar rack inside the base) before adding the hot jars. Once you have one layer of jars in the canner, add a second jar rack and add the second layer of jars onto the second rack. Put the lid onto the canner and turn onto high heat. Once the white steam is present (constant stream), vent for 10 minutes before adding the weight and bring up to pressure (10lbs weighted, 11lbs dial gauge). Adjust pressure level according to your altitude if required. Once pressure is reached, start your timer for 65mins (pints) or 75mins (quarts). Once the time is up, turn the heat off and allow pressure to return to zero. Then remove the weight and wait another 5 minutes before removing the lid and cooling jars overnight on a towel-covered bench.

Next day check for seals. Check jars have sealed before labelling and storing in a cool, dry and dark place for up to 12 months.

Frijoles a la Charro (Spicy Bacon Pinto Beans)

Frijoles a la Charro (Spicy Bacon Pinto Beans)

frijoles a la charro1 lb dried pinto beans, rinsed
1 white onion, quartered
4 garlic cloves
6 slices bacon, uncooked
½ small white onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 serrano chile peppers, diced
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 tsp salt
½ cup cilantro leaves, chopped

Place the beans in a large stockpot or clay olla and cover with plenty of water; soak for 6 hours or overnight. Drain and discard the soaking liquid. Return the soaked beans to the stockpot along with the quartered onion and whole garlic cloves. Add enough water to the pot to rise approximately 2 inches above the beans. Place the pot over medium-low heat and simmer, uncovered, for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender. Check and stir the beans every 15-20 minutes to ensure that they are covered in water and not sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add more water to the pan if necessary to ensure that all of the beans are always covered with water. Once the beans are fully cooked, remove from the heat and discard the onion and garlic. Heat a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in the bacon and cook until it is crispy and golden brown. Stir in the diced onion, minced garlic and serrano peppers and cook for 3 min. Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 min, or until they have softened. Add the cooked beans and their cooking liquid to the pan and stir to thoroughly combine. Season with salt. Cook for 8-10 minutes longer until the flavors have blended and most of the liquid has evaporated. Taste and season with additional salt if desired. Serve hot, garnished with chopped cilantro levees.

Frijoles Negros con Arroz Tradicionales

Frijoles Negros con Arroz Tradicionales

Frijoles Negros con Arroz Tradicionales1 can (15 oz) BUSH’S® Black Beans, drain and reserve juices
1 Tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
1 cup diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp thyme
1 tsp garlic salt
3 T. cider vinegar
1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
2 cup cooked rice
Lime wedges (optional)

In large skillet, heat olive oil; cook onion and green pepper until crisp tender. Stir in tomatoes, beans, thyme and garlic salt; cook 3 minutes. Add vinegar, pepper sauce, and reserved juices continue to cook 5 minutes. Serve over rice. Garnish with lime wedge (optional).

Frijole Negros Refritos (Refried Black Beans)

Frijole Negros Refritos (Refried Black Beans)

refried-black-beans-1x1-13 T. Canola Oil
½ C. thinly sliced White Onion
4 cloves Garlic, chopped
2 C. cooked Black Beans
Salt
Queso Fresco

Heat 2 T. oil in large sauté pan or dutch oven over medium low heat, until oil is hot and begins to shimmer. Add sliced onions and cook, stirring often, until onions have softened and begin to turn a light golden color. Stir in garlic and cook 3-4 minutes, until garlic is starting to get soft but not brown. Stir beans into pan and heat a minute. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly. Using an immersion blender, blend until relatively smooth. Leave a few bean chunks so it doesn’t resemble baby food. Heat remaining 1 T. oil in large sauté pan over medium low heat until oil is hot. Pour pureed bean mixture into pan and simmer, stirring frequently, for 20 minutes, until reduced and thickened. Season with salt and serve sprinkled with queso fresco.

Mexican Pintos with Cactus

Mexican Pintos with Cactus

2 cups dry pinto beans, rinsed
3 T. salt, divided
3 slices bacon, chopped
2 large flat cactus leaves (nopales)
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 slices onion

Mexican Pintos with CactusPlace the pinto beans into a slow cooker, and fill to the top with hot water. Add the bacon, 2 T. of salt, jalapeno and onion. Cover, and cook on High for 3 to 4 hours, adding water as needed, until beans are tender. Remove any thorns from the cactus leaves, and slice into small pieces. Place in a saucepan with 1 T. of salt, and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for 15 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water for 1 minute. Add to the beans when they are soft, and cook for 15 more minutes on High.

Ham & White Beans

Ham & White Beans

ham-white-beans1 pound dry great Northern beans
1/2 pound cooked ham, diced
1 small onion, diced
1/2 cup brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried parsley

Rinse beans in a large pot; discard shriveled beans and any small stones. Add 8 cups of cold water. Let stand overnight or at least 8 hours. Drain and rinse beans. Return beans to pot and add ham, onion, brown sugar, salt, pepper, cayenne and parsley and water to cover. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until beans are tender. Add more water if necessary during cooking time.

Weeknight Chili

Weeknight Chili

beef-and-bean-chili-9331 lb. Lean Ground Beef or ground turkey
1 can (15 ounces) Red Kidney Beans, undrained
1 can (8 ounces) Tomato Sauce
1 T. White vinegar
2 T. Chili Powder
2 T. Minced Onion
1 tsp. Sugar (optional)
1/4 tsp. Garlic Salt
Sliced scallions and dairy sour cream to serve, if desired
Shredded Cheddar Cheese to garnish

Cook meat in 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes or until no longer pink, stirring constantly. Drain off excess fat. Stir in beans, tomato sauce, vinegar, chili powder, minced onion, sugar if using, and garlic salt. Heat just to boil, reduce heat immediately, cover, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve topped with sliced scallions and dairy sour cream. Garnish with shredded Cheddar cheese.

Sheet Pan Suppers: Panko-Crusted Pork Chops with Roasted Broccoli Rabe

Sheet Pan Suppers: Panko-Crusted Pork Chops with Roasted Broccoli Rabe

breaded1 ½ cups panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
1 ½ teaspoons sweet paprika
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 bone-in pork chops (1 inch thick; about 2 1/2 pounds total)
kosher salt and black pepper
1 bunch broccoli rabe (or 2 bunches broccolini), thick stems trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 15.5-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed9
lemon wedges, for serving

Heat oven to 450° F with the racks in the upper and lower thirds. Place the bread crumbs on a rimmed plate or baking dish. Combine the mustard, paprika, and cayenne in a medium bowl. Season the pork with ½ teaspoon salt. Spread both sides of the pork with the mustard coating, dividing evenly, then coat with the bread crumbs, pressing gently to help them adhere. Roast the pork on a large rimmed baking sheet on the top rack until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part (avoiding the bone) registers 145° F, 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, toss the broccoli rabe, oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and black pepper on a separate rimmed baking sheet. Roast on the bottom rack, tossing occasionally, until crisp-tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Toss with the cannellini beans. Serve the pork over the broccoli rabe and beans with the lemon wedges, for squeezing.

Sheet Pan Supper: Sheet-Pan Skirt Steak with Balsamic Vinaigrette, Broccolini, and White Beans

Sheet Pan Supper: Sheet-Pan Skirt Steak with Balsamic Vinaigrette, Broccolini, and White Beans

skirt4 garlic cloves, divided
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano leaves, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 (1 1/2-pound) skirt steak, cut crosswise into 2 equal pieces
1 bunch broccolini (about 10 ounces), trimmed, halved lengthwise (quartered lengthwise if large)
1 (15-ounce) can white beans, rinsed, drained

Finely chop 2 garlic cloves. Place in a large bowl or shallow baking dish, then whisk in vinegar, Dijon, 1/2 cup oil, 1 T. oregano, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Reserve 1/4 cup vinaigrette for serving; add steak to remaining vinaigrette and turn to coat. Let marinate at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat broiler and thinly slice remaining 2 garlic cloves. Toss broccolini, remaining 2 T. oil, 1 T. oregano, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper on rimmed baking sheet. Broil 5 minutes, then remove from oven. Add beans and garlic and toss to combine. Set wire rack on top of broccolini mixture. Place steak on rack; discard vinaigrette. Broil steak, turning halfway through, until cooked to desired doneness, about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let steak rest 5 minutes. Meanwhile, transfer broccolini mixture to a medium bowl and toss with 1 T. reserved vinaigrette, then divide among 4 plates. Thinly slice steak against the grain and serve with broccolini mixture and remaining vinaigrette alongside.

Southern Baked Beans

Southern Baked Beans

Southern Baked Beans; Paula Deen1 pound dried small white beans.
1 bay leaf
1 15 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
1 large yellow onion, chopped small
1 green bell pepper, chopped small
1 large stalk of celery, chopped small
4-6 large cloves of garlic, well chopped
2-3 T. olive oil
About 1/2 C. ketchup
About 1/2 C. good barbecue sauce
2 heaping T. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 squirt of sriracha, to your taste

Sort through the dried beans and discard bad ones or any dirt. Rinse well and cover with cold water. Let sit over-night. When ready to cook, add the bay leaf and make sure the beans are covered with enough water. Bring the beans to a boil and then lower the heat and cook, slightly covered, on top of the stove until tender, but not mushy. Add more water if necessary as they cook. While beans are cooking, sauté the onions, bell pepper, garlic, and celery until soft, then set aside. When the beans are done, drain off the liquid and retain it. Add the onion mixture, the crushed tomatoes, and the rest of the ingredients. Stir the beans and taste them to see if you need more ketchup, mustard and so forth (I always do). Add bean broth, if necessary, to have the liquid just cover the beans. Cover the pot with a well fitting lid, and bake for about 1 hour at 350 degrees.

KFC BBQ Baked Beans

KFC BBQ Baked Beans

2 15−ounce cans small white beans (with liquid)4a15b160400c7d4448131a0ed8183df3
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons white vinegar
4 teaspoons minced fresh onion
2 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash pepper
dash garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour entire contents of two 15−ounce cans of beans into a covered casserole dish. Combine the water with the cornstarch in a small bowl until cornstarch dissolves. Stir mixture into the beans. Stir the remaining ingredients into the beans and cover the dish. Bake for 90 minutes or until sauce thickens. Stir every 30 minutes. Let beans sit for
5 to 10 minutes after removing them from the oven before serving.

Buckaroo Beans

Buckaroo Beans

2 c. (1 lb.) dry pinto beansHearty_Baked_Beans
6 c. water
1 tsp. salt
2 lb. uncooked ham, cut into cubes
1 large onion, sliced thick
1 tsp. dry minced garlic or 2 large cloves garlic, sliced thin
1 small bay leaf
2 c. (16-oz. can) tomatoes
2 c. chopped green pepper
1 tsp. chili powder
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. dry mustard
¼ tsp. oregano or cumin

Soak beans using preferred method. Combine soaked, drained beans, 6 c. water, salt, ham, onion, garlic and bay leaf in a large kettle. Cover and simmer until beans are tender (one hour). Add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer to 165 F, about two hours. Enough liquid should be left on beans to resemble a medium-thick gravy.

Instant Pot Hoppin’ John and Beef

Instant Pot Hoppin’ John and Beef

Instant Pot Hoppin’ John and Beef

 

2 lbs. beef stew meat

1 bag 16 oz. dried black-eyed peas

1 can 10 oz. beef broth

5 carrots cleaned and diced

1 celery stalk cleaned and diced

salt and pepper to taste

½ C. flour

2 T. oil

 

Place flour, salt and pepper and stew meat into a zipper bag. Shake bag until almost all of the stew meat is covered. Place oil in the Instant Pot and turn it onto sauté. Once the oil is hot, place the beef into the oil after shaking off the excess flour. Meanwhile, rinse and sort the black eyed peas to remove stones, then drain. Use ½ C. of the broth to deglaze the bottom of the Instant Pot. Put the beef, peas, broth, carrots, and celery in Instant Pot. Turn the Instant Pot onto high pressure and cook for 20 minutes. Natural release. If you prefer softer beans, cook for 25-30 minutes.

Swiss Chard with Beans

Swiss Chard with Beans

2 large bunches Swiss chard
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 (15-ounce) can butter beans or white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons tabasco brand Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce
1 teaspoon salt

Remove stems from Swiss chard; coarsely chop Swiss chard. Heat oil in 5-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat until hot. Add Swiss chard. Cook until wilted, but still bright green, stirring frequently. Stir in beans, tabasco Green Sauce and salt. Cook over medium heat until mixture is heated through.

Pasta Fagioli (Pasta Fazool)

Pasta Fagioli (Pasta Fazool)

pasta-fagioli1 cup dried white beans, such as cannellini or Great Northern, soaked overnight
4 T. olive oil, plus more for serving
1/2 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 medium carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/2 celery rib, coarsely chopped
1 – 2 garlic cloves to taste, minced
1/2 cup finely chopped ripe plum tomatoes or canned whole plum tomatoes, drained
1 fresh rosemary sprig, finely chopped
About 3 1/2 cups boiling water
1/3 package (lb.) fusilli, small pasta shells, small ziti, or other small pasta
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup minced flat-leaf parsley
Freshly grated Parmigiano cheese for garnish

Drain the beans and set aside. Heat the oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat and gently saut̩ the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic until the vegetables are soft but not brown, about 10 minutes. Add the beans to the vegetables along with the tomatoes, rosemary, and about 3 cups boiling water. Bring back to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer, covered, until the beans are tender Р1 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the age and size of the beans. ADD more boiling water from time to time as necessary: the beans should always be covered with simmering liquid. When the beans are very tender, transfer about 2 cups beans and their liquid to a food processor and process to a thick puree. Or put them through the medium disk of a food mill. STIR the puree back into the beans. Add the pasta and another cup of boiling water to the beans in the pot. Cook, stirring constantly, until the pasta is tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Taste and add salt and lots of black pepper. Serve in a warm soup tureen or in individual warm bowls, garnished with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of parsley, and some Parmigiano. Pass more cheese and olive oil with the soup.

Mixed Beans with Hoisin Vinaigrette

Mixed Beans with Hoisin Vinaigrette

mixed-beans-su-642318-xLight cooking tip: Combine several legumes – a low-fat source of protein – for layers of flavor. Notes: Executive chef Reed Groban of Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Arizona uses hoisin sauce to add zest to beans. The sauce is available in most well-stocked supermarkets.

6 ounces green beans
1 red bell pepper (about 6 oz.)
1 tablespoon Asian (toasted) sesame oil
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 cup cooked dried garbanzos or canned garbanzos (rinsed and drained)
1 cup cooked dried small white beans or canned beans (rinsed and drained)
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
Hoisin vinaigrette (recipe follows)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Rinse green beans and trim off stem ends; cut beans into about 3-inch lengths. Rinse, stem, and seed bell pepper; cut lengthwise into thin slivers about 3 inches long. Set a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium-high heat. When pan is hot, add green beans and 3 tablespoons water; cover and cook until beans are bright green, 3 to 4 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon sesame oil, bell pepper, and garlic; stir until pepper begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Add garbanzos, white beans, green onions, and hoisin vinaigrette. Stir until garbanzos and white beans are hot, about 2 minutes. Stir in remaining 2 teaspoons sesame oil. Pour into a serving bowl and sprinkle with cilantro. Hoisin vinaigrette. In a blender or food processor, whirl 1/3 cup rice vinegar, 1 1/2 tablespoons hoisin sauce, 1 1/2 tablespoons water, and 2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger until smooth. Makes about 1/2 cup.

Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 137
Fat: 3.2g
Fiber: 3.9g

Bean and Bacon Soup

Bean and Bacon Soup

1 pound small dry beans soaked overnight
2 diced carrots
2 stalks diced celery
1/2 diced onion
1 small can tomato sauce or 1 cup V-8
2 tablespoons bacon grease (reserve from bacon)
2 small dried whole chili peppers (optional)
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste.

Cook a few slices of bacon; reserve fat. Set aside for garnish. Sauté the carrots, celery and onion in the bacon grease. Drain the bean of the soaking water and rinse well. Put sautéed vegetables, beans, chili peppers and bay leaf in crock pot. Fill to within 2 inches of top (this is in my 6 quart) cover and set on High. Depending on the beans it will take 6 to 8 hours to cook soft. If you need it to cook longer just add more water at the beginning. At this point add tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Let cook for 1/2 more and its ready.

Rocket Beans

Rocket Beans

4 strips bacon, sliced

1 tsp. olive oil

Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

15 oz jar or can butter beans, drained and rinsed

3 cloves garlic, minced

Large handful arugula, roughly chopped

1/2 lemon, juiced

 

Chop bacon into small bits; fry over medium heat until fat is rendered out and bacon starts to crisp. Add beans to pan (do not drain fat); toss to combine. Add a little salt and pepper. Cook 2 or 3 minutes and then add garlic, cook a minute and add arugula (rocket). As soon as the rocket wilts, turn off heat and squeeze in lemon juice.

Baked Flautas

Baked Flautas

flautas6 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated

2 tomatoes, chopped

One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Juice of 1/2 lime

1 tablespoon safflower or other vegetable oil

 

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees with the racks in the upper and lower third positions. Lay out the tortillas on two rimmed baking sheets and scatter the cheese over them. Place in the oven for 1 to 2 minutes to melt the cheese. Meanwhile, toss the tomatoes, black beans, salt, and lime juice together in a bowl. Distribute the bean mixture evenly over the melted cheese and roll up the tortillas. Arrange side by side, seam side down, on one baking sheet. Brush the oil over the tops. Bake for 8 minutes, or until golden and crispy.

 

Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Cherry Tomatoes

Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Cherry Tomatoes

bbsalad1 C. quinoa, rinsed

1 tsp. whole cumin

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 1/2 to 2 C. cherry tomatoes, halved

2 shallots, thinly sliced

2 T. olive oil

1/4 tsp. ground cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. salt plus more to taste

Cilantro, chopped (optional for mixing into salad)

Cilantro springs for garnish

 

Cook quinoa in a pot or rice cooker with enough water to cover by 1 centimeter.  In a dry pan, toast cumin seeds until fragrant, about 30 seconds. In a large bowl bowl, toss together cherry tomatoes, shallots (crumple them with your hands), olive oil, cayenne, black pepper, and toasted cumin, optional chopped cilantro, and 1 tsp. salt. When quinoa is done, allow it to cool slightly, then add to the bowl. Mix everything well, and add more salt if needed. Garnish with cilantro sprigs and serve.

 

 

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Poblano Chilies Stuffed with Yam and Black Beans with Cilantro Lime Cream

Poblano Chilies Stuffed with Yam and Black Beans with Cilantro Lime Cream

2 large poblano chilies

1 tsp. olive oil

2/3 C. chopped onion

1 C. yam, peeled, diced (1/2-inch thick)

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 C. drained, canned black beans

1 canned chipotle chili in adobo, minced

1 T. minced fresh oregano (or 1 tsp. dried)

Cilantro-lime cream (see recipe below)

Cilantro sprigs

Cilantro-Lime Cream

1 14-ounce package soft (silken) tofu, drained

1/2 C. firmly packed cilantro leaves

1 green onion, cut into 2-inch pieces

1 large jalapeño, stemmed and seeded

1 garlic clove

2 tsp. ground cumin

1/3 C. fresh lime juice

2 T. extra virgin olive oil

 

Char chili peppers over gas flame or grill under broiler, turning frequently, until blackened on all sides. Transfer to a plastic bag and seal to enclose steam. Heat olive oil in heavy medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until tender and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add yam and garlic and sauté until yam is just tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in beans, chipotle, and oregano. Season with salt and allow to cool. Peel chilies. Using small sharp knife, carefully cut around stem of each pepper. Remove stem and seeds leaving chili intact. Fill with bean mixture, dividing evenly. Return stems to chilies. (Can be prepared up to 1 day ahead, cover and refrigerate.) For the cilantro-lime cream: Combine first 6 ingredients in food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. Mix in lime juice and olive oil. Season generously with salt. (Can be prepared 3 days ahead. Thin with 2 T. water if necessary.) Makes about 2 C.. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake chilies until heated through, about 15 minutes. Spoon 1/4 C. cilantro-lime cream onto center of each plate. Place chili atop cream. Garnish with cilantro sprigs and serve.

 

Warm Bean Salad with Fresh Herbs and Olives

Warm Bean Salad with Fresh Herbs and Olives

3 C. drained cooked white beans, such as cannelloni, navy, baby white limas, or flageolets; (reserve about 1/3 C. of the cooking liquid) or canned beans, drained and rinsed well

1 tsp. plus 1 tsp. fruity extra-virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary

1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme

Scant 1/3 C. bean cooking liquid, unsalted homemade or canned low-sodium chicken broth, or water

1/2 C. black olives, such as Kalamata or Gaeta, pitted and chopped

3 tsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

4 large fresh basil leaves, torn into 1/2- to 1/4-inch pieces

2 to 3 tsp. fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp. kosher salt, or to taste

Freshly ground black pepper

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Place the beans in a medium nonstick skillet and set aside. To make the dressing, in a small skillet, combine the olive oil and garlic over low heat, cover and cook until the garlic is soft, about 3 minutes. Uncover, increase the heat to moderate, and add the rosemary and thyme. Cook until the herbs begin to sizzle and little bubbles dance around them; do not let the garlic brown. Add the bean cooking liquid and olives, increase the heat to high, and boil for 30 seconds. Scatter the parsley and basil over the beans and pour over the dressing, tossing to coat. Place the beans over high heat and toss frequently until they are hot and have absorbed most of the dressing. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve warm.

 

 

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Basic Black Bean Soup

Basic Black Bean Soup

1 15-ounce can black beans, undrained

1 medium onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

2 fresh tomatoes, seeded and chopped

2 T. chopped fresh cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Combine beans, onion, garlic, cumin, and tomatoes in large saucepan.  Cook 15 to 20 minutes over medium heat until onion is tender.  Stir occasionally, and add water as needed to prevent sticking.  Remove from heat.  Cool.  Puree half of soup in blender or food processor until smooth, and return it to saucepan.  If soup is too thick, add water to desired consistency.  Reheat soup.  Sprinkle with cilantro, salt, and pepper just before serving.

 

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White Bean Soup with Chard and Parmesan

White Bean Soup with Chard and Parmesan

whitebeansoup3 T. olive oil, plus additional for drizzling

1 C. chopped onion

5 cloves garlic, minced

1 C. diced carrots

1 bunch Swiss chard, stems and ribs thinly sliced crosswise, leaves roughly chopped

2 cans low-sodium chicken broth (or stock), or vegetable broth

Two 15-oz. cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 bay leaf

3/4 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, minced

Leftover Parmesan rind, optional, plus freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving

2 tsp. tomato paste

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

In a medium soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Sauté the onions, garlic, carrots, sliced chard stems, and a hit of salt and pepper until the vegetables have softened, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the broth, the equivalent of 1 can (14 oz.) of cold water, beans, bay leaf, thyme, and Parmesan rind and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, stir in the tomato paste, partially cover and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.  Stir in the chard leaves, cover, and simmer an additional 10 minutes or until the chard is completely wilted.  Retrieve the bay leaf and discard. To serve, drizzle each serving with olive oil and sprinkle generously with grated Parmesan cheese.   There’s no need to toss out the Parmesan rind immediately.  Keep it with the soup, even for a few days in the fridge, discarding it once you’ve ladled out the last bowlful.

 

 

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Lemon Pepper Pasta and Asparagus

Lemon Pepper Pasta and Asparagus

2 C. uncooked farfalle (bow-tie) pasta (4 oz.)

1/4 C. olive or vegetable oil

1 medium red bell pepper, chopped (1 C.)

1 lb. asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 tsp. grated lemon peel

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper

3 T. lemon juice

lemonpeper1 can (15 to 16 oz.) navy beans, rinsed and drained

Freshly ground pepper, if desired

 

Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.   Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook bell pepper, asparagus, lemon peel, salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper in oil, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender.   Stir lemon juice and beans into vegetable mixture. Cook until beans are hot. Add pasta; toss. Sprinkle with pepper.

 

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August Salad

August Salad

1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1/4 C. chopped parsley

4 green onions, thinly sliced

1/4 C. chopped sweet onion

1 bell pepper, any color or combination of colors

1/4 C. lemon juice

1/4 C. extra virgin olive oil

Salt, pepper, granulated garlic or garlic powder

2 C. shredded cabbage or cole slaw mix

2 oz. feta cheese, crumbled

Whole Romaine leaves and baby spinach leaves

Tomatoes, quartered

 

Combine in a bowl, kidney beans, black beans, parsley, green onions, sweet onions, pepper, lemon juice and oil and toss well. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic. Add the cabbage, toss well, and sprinkle with feta cheese.  Line salad plates with whole romaine leaves and baby spinach. Place a quartered small tomato off center, spoon salad into center of tomato, trailing a little onto the leaves, and serve with a fresh crusty bread loaf.

 

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Dilled Hummus

Dilled Hummus

dill1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas)

1/4 C. tahini (sesame paste)

3 T. lemon juice

1 T. olive oil or cooking oil

2 tsp. snipped fresh dill or 1/2 tsp. dried dill

1/4 tsp. salt

1 dash ground red pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced

 

Combine garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, oil, dill, salt, red pepper, and garlic in a blender container or food processor bowl. Blend or process until mixture is smooth. Cover and chill up to three days. Stir before serving.

 

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Navy Beans Les Tarragon

Navy Beans Les Tarragon

1 T. Olive oil
1 C. Onion; diced
1 C. Domestic mushrooms; quartered
1 C. Scallions; thinly sliced
1 C. Leeks; thinly sliced
1 tsp. Dried leaf tarragon

15 oz Canned navy or great northern beans; drained

1/2 C. White wine

1/2 C. Soymilk powder

2 tsp. Dark miso

1/2 T. Lemon juice

Red bell pepper; diced, for garnish

Scallions; sliced, for garnish

In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil. Add onion, mushrooms, scallions, leeks and tarragon; sauté until onions are transparent, about 5 minutes. Stir in beans; reduce heat to medium-low. In a bowl, whisk together wine, soymilk powder, miso and lemon juice. Add to skillet; simmer gently 5 minutes. Garnish with scallions and bell pepper if desired.