Pinto Bean Soup

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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

Orzo with Peppers and Zucchini

Orzo with Veggies WMServes 8-10 as a side dish or 4-5 as the main in a multi-course meal


3 bell peppers, assorted colors, de-seeded and sliced
1 onion, sliced
2 zucchini, sliced
1 T olive oil
2 cups orzo, uncooked


4 T olive oil
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 t dried rosemary, or 1 T chopped fresh rosemary
1 T flat Italian parsley, chopped
1/4 t ground black pepper
2 T fresh lemon juice Read More

Cabbage, Red Pepper, Green Bean Salad

250-CabbageSaladSalad Ingredients:

3 cups purple cabbage, thinly sliced into two inch lengths
3 cups green cabbage, thinly sliced into two inch lengths
1 red bell pepper, sliced into two inch lengths
1 cup raw green beans, thinly sliced on the diagonal into one inch lengths

Dressing Ingredients:

1/4 cup of lime juice, freshly squeezed
2 T fish sauce (vegetarians should substitute Mrs. Braggs)
2-5 Thai chilies
10 garlic cloves Read More

Great Northern Bean and Spinach Minestrone

Minestrone with spinachIngredients:

1 T olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 slender carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, rinsed and chopped – include the leaves
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 (15 oz) cans great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups vegetable stock
1 cup water
2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 Parmesan rind
2 T garlic powder
1 bay leaf
1 t oregano
1/2 t thyme
1/4 t black pepper
Dash red pepper flakes, or to taste
2 cups tightly packed fresh spinach, leaves torn in half
1/2 cup soup pasta like acini de pepe
1 T extra virgin olive oil Read More

Heavy on the Veggie Breakfast

Breakfast BurritoIngredients:

2 t olive oil
1/2 cup sliced onions
1/2 cup sliced sweet red pepper
1/8 t fresh cracked black pepper
1/4 t turmeric
3 cups baby spinach, rinsed, dried, and the larger pieces torn in half
1 egg
1 tomato, sliced or chopped

Optional: sliced mushrooms, kale, collard greens, shallots, grated carrots, zucchini ribbons, peas, and tofu – or your favorite protein replacement for the egg Read More