Cajun Green Beans and Brown Rice

Green Beans Brown Rice 1Ingredients:

2 T olive oil
1/2 cup sweet onion, chopped
1 banana pepper, deveined, and chopped
1/4 cup celery, chopped – or a pinch of ground celery seed
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups green beans, sliced on the diagonal
1 cup uncooked brown rice
1/4 t paprika
1/4 t oregano
1/4 t thyme
1/8 t ground black pepper
1/8 t ground white pepper
1/8 t cumin
Pinch of salt
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Garnish: 2 green onions, sliced, hot red pepper flakes Read More


Black-Eyed Peas, Creole Style

Black Eyed Peas rice kale WMIngredients:

8 oz bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
8 oz ham, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
1 cup celery, chopped – include some of the delicious leaves
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno, deseeded, and minced
2 t Creole seasoning mix
1 t dried thyme
3/4 t dried oregano
1/2 t dried basil
2 bay leaves
1 pound black-eyed peas, sorted, rinsed, and soaked
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
4 cups chicken stock
Water as needed

Garnish: sliced green onion Read More


Pinto Bean Soup

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Ingredients:

1 lb dried pinto beans
cold water
2 T olive oil
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups chicken stock, low sodium
2 t Mexican oregano
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 t ground black pepper
6 slices thick meaty bacon, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 (14.5 oz) can tomatoes, diced
1 (4 oz) can mild or hot green chiles, chopped
1/4 t cayenne – or more to taste
1 T cilantro
Sea salt to taste

Garnishes: Mexican melting cheese or fresh crumbling cheese, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, and sliced green onions, pico de gallo, serranos, jalapenos Read More



Meatball Soup

Meatball Soup WM

Meatball Ingredients:

1 1/3 pound ground beef
1/2 cup processed bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1 egg
2 T fresh parsley chopped (or 2 t dried)
1 T dried garlic
1 t dried onion powder
1 t oregano
1/2 t cracked black pepper

Soup Ingredients:

2 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 T garlic, minced
4 cups beef stock.
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 cup water
1 T dried basil
2 t oregano
1 t sugar
1/2 t cracked black pepper
1/2 t Tabasco sauce
12 oz cut green beans
1 meatball recipe from above
1/2 cup acini di pepe or other teensy tiny soup pasta Read More


Enchilada Pie, v1

enchilada pie low fatThis is the quick to fix lower fat variation of a seriously wonderful family Tex-Mex meal that I have made for about 30 years. Enjoy.

Ingredients:

1 lb lean ground turkey
1/2 onion, chopped
2 (15 oz) cans Ranch Style Beans – do not drain
1/2 cup salsa – use the kind you like, mild, medium, or hot.
1 T plus 1 t chili powder
2 t cumin powder
10 corn tortillas
2 T butter, softened
1 (8 oz) package 2% cheddar cheese, shredded

Optional: sliced fresh or pickled jalapenos Read More



Cuban Black Beans and Sausage

Ingredients:

1 T olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1/2 large red pepper, diced
2 stalks celery (including the leaves), diced
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
14 oz smoked pork sausage, sliced lengthwise in half and then cut into chunks
1 T cumin
1/4 t ground black pepper
2 bay leaves
1 Serrano pepper, minced
1 (15 oz) can tomatoes, diced
3 cups chicken stock, unsalted
4 (15 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup cilantro stems, chopped
2 oz pimentos, diced
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped (for garnish) Read More


Mushroom, Sausage, White Bean, and Arugula Soup

MushroomSausageSoup3Ingredients:

2 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped – make sure you include the flavorful leaves!
1 large or two small carrots, peeled and diced
1 lb mushrooms, cleaned, sliced about 1/2 inch thick bite sized pieces – use your favorite kinds
12 oz chicken apple sausage, sliced into pieces about the same size as the mushrooms – or use your favorite smoked sausage
2 t thyme
1/2 t smoked paprika
3 t garlic powder
1/4 t fresh ground black pepper
Pinch of salt, more if you prefer your food salty
2 cans great northern beans, drained and rinsed
8 cups chicken stock, unsalted
5 oz arugula, torn Read More