Not ‘yer typical pot of beans


I am learning to cook, y’all! Okay, perhaps I have always known how to cook, but I definitely go through ebs and flows of cooking. I don’t always enjoy it. And other times, I can’t wait to create a new recipe or alter an old one. It’ weird. I have a love/hate relationship with cooking… and I am a dietitian. Go figure!

I think the reason I don’t always love cooking is at times cooking seems complicated. Just like my blog name, I like ALL things simple. Even cooking. If I see a recipe with over 20 ingredients and directions, count me the F out.

Today, though… I took on a tiny cooking project. I set out to make beans. And not just any pot of beans… a delish pot of beans. I have had my fair share of bland beans. So today is not that kind of a day. Mine were to be fantastic and even smell fantastic.

And guess what?

Fantastic they were.

So now I share with you my simple recipe… and I encourage you to alter it however you like. Spices and herbs are fun to play with so throw in some extras.

Not ‘yer typical pot of beans


  • 1/2 bag dried pinto beans , soaked
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup beef stock
  • 1/2 purple onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mixed bell peppers, chopped
  • 4 ounces smoke ham, chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons creole seasoning


  1. Soak the dry beans according to the package directions (I soaked the beans in 3 cups of water for 6 hours). Once soaked, rinse the beans and then add fresh water and the beef stock. Place the pot back on the stove with high heat until boiling. Then cover and simmer.
  2. Chop up the onion, mixed peppers, and smoked ham. Place in the pot and stir it all together. Add in your spices.
  3. Let the beans simmer for 1-2 hours, until ready. Then enjoy!

What I like about this recipe is that it can be eaten as is, with rice, or even without the meat for a vegetarian dish. You know what they say about beans… they are good for the heart. 😉

Oh and I really liked the pic I took of the peppers so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I just LOVE how pretty fruits and vegetables are naturally. Fruits and vegetables are the Jennifer Aniston’s of food…


Happy Saturday dear friends!