We love our black beans. They are cheap and packed with protein. Here is a quick post with one of our fave ways to eat them. It's black beans and corn over rice. If you have canned on hand it makes it a super quick meal.
All mixed up
You guys have any fave black bean recipes? I'm always looking for more!
It happens to the best of us. We buy strawberries, we plan to eat them before they turn bad and *poof* they start getting furry and smooshy. It can happen so fast! I hate throwing out food, especially strawberries which are one of the tastiest things on earth. So what do you do with strawberries that are not perfect, but not yet totally beyond hope?
One of my favorite things to do is to slice them and sprinkle a bit of sugar over them. Slicing them lets me cut off the iffy bits, and the sugar softens the berries and makes an amazing syrup on the bottom of the bowl. I decided to be fancy this time and chop up a bit of mint to mix in.
Well almost. It was really missing ice cream. But it was still really yummy!
Ah leftovers. Sometimes love em. Sometimes hate em. Sometimes wonder how in the world there is so much and what you can do with it because by day three...you are tired of looking at it.
This would be one of those too much of a good thing moments! I had this wonderful Greek salad of cucumber, red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, onion, and feta. All in this really good vinaigrette. But, I was getting tired of eating it. I was tired of looking at it! But I really hate throwing away good food so I decided to do something with it. First thing that came to mind was pasta!
First I fished out the tomatoes, onions, and peppers
I then sauteed them in a pan. I didn't need to add any oil since they had oil from the vinaigrette.
I cooked them until they softened
I then added some leftover chicken (it is pesto chicken, please do not be alarmed by the green chicken!) After the chicken heated up a bit I added in the diced olives.
Once everything was nice and hot I tossed in some pasta.
Gave everything a stir..
Topped it with some feta
Ok, so I didn't use the cucumbers, but since I am not a huge fan of cucumbers, I didn't feel too sad about that...oops? But at least it was tasty!
When I was little my dad would make Dutch Babies (German Pancakes) for us for breakfast. Oh how I love them! I never made them on my own since the only pan I have is HUGE and would feed a small army. Then one day on Pinterest I came upon this pin. *gasp* using a muffin tin to make mini dutch babies!!! This meant I could make a smaller batch AND they are adorable to boot!
Mini German Pancakes
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. orange zest (optional)
1/4 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Blend first six ingredients (milk
thru orange zest) in a blender. Be careful to see that any flour clumps
Blend in butter a little at a time in order to temper the eggs.
Grease muffin tins well and distribute batter evenly between 24 tins. Bake for 15 minutes, or until puffy and golden on top.
I omitted the orange zest since I didn't have an orange. I want to try it next time though as it would be super yummy. I also halfed the recipe as there were only three people eating. Another reason why I love this recipe! Totally easy to scale up or down.
All set to go in the oven!
Right out of the oven they are super puffy and airy.
They do settle a bit as they cool, but they are still light in texture. I topped mine with powdered sugar, but you can top with anything you like! My family loves powdered sugar with lemon. Syrup is good too, and if you have fresh berries is SUPER yummy.
Hope you give these a try! Super easy and much less daunting than making a full size Dutch Baby, and much cuter!
Pinto beans are a great source of protein, but on their own can be a bit bland. How to fix this? Well bacon of course!! Bacon is one of those magical ingredients that can make almost anything taste wonderful!
I started out by cutting 4 slices of bacon into narrow strips. You could do chunks, small bits, whatever tickles your fancy.
Cook until crispy. Mmmmmm bacon. (you can choose to take out the bacon grease or you can leave it in. I decided to leave it in since it wasn't very much and its soooo tasty. Diet be damned!)
I then added in my soaked beans. I use the quick soak method as I am not nearly organized enough to soak my beans the night before. To quick soak you boil the beans in water for 2 minutes, then put a lid on them and remove from the heat. You then let them sit for an hour and *tada* soaked beans! I used about a half pound of beans for this batch.
I also added in salt and tons of pepper.
Add water to cover and bring to a simmer. Once at a simmer leave it on low for 1-2 hours. After an hour I started checking them about every 15 minutes to see if they were done yet. (Bonus is the entire time they cook the house will smell of BACON)
Once done mine looked like this.
They are great on their own, but I had them wrapped in a tortilla for a bean burrito. Super nummy. Another thing I love about beans is how easy it is to change up what you put in them. This could have easily been vegetarian and instead of bacon maybe add in some chilies to add some spice. Super cheap and easy to make!
I love the fact I am dating a chef, that means I get to eat lots of nummy food. One downside is when he brings home the same thing over and over. The most common item is garlic mashed potatoes. I mean they are really good, but every week...for months..gets to be a bit much! So I had a aha moment about a month ago. I LOVE gnocchi and have even made them before. It occurred to me that gnocchi are mashed potato, flour, egg, and cheese. Looked at the box o mashed and thought hmmmmm I wonder! I googled my idea and found this recipe. I decided to cut it in half for me since that would mean less I would be tempted to eat!
1 cup leftover mashed potato
pinch of salt
That's it! I didn't add any seasoning as the mash was already cheessy and garlicy.
The lineup (the black box is the box o mashed potato)
Mix everything together, I find using a fork is the easiest. If the mash has been in the fridge, pop it in the microwave for a minute to warm it up so it is less brick like. Take a bit at a time and roll it out into a log on a floured board. Then cut into pieces. You can roll the pieces on a fork or a gnocchi board if you like. I used to do this so I could be authentic, but when I saw gnocchi on Iron Chef and they were not rolled I felt justified being lazy and leaving them as is =P The pop them into boiling water until they float. Don't leave in too long or they will absorb water and turn into something akin to paste.
For my sauce, I decided to doctor up a jar of pasta sauce. To start out I took some olive oil, minced garlic, and pepper flake. I heated on low for about 20 minutes to let the oils from the flakes come out and for the garlic to soften. I then added in my tomato sauce.