Not ‘yer typical pot of beans

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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…

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Happy Saturday dear friends!

What to Eat Wednesday: Dill

Dill

Let me get this out of the way first, as if it isn’t already clear by my title above, I have way too much fun with dill! I love the way it tastes and I even love the smell. Mark my words, it WILL be the next herb I grow. So anyway, I received a bunch of dill with my Urban Acres half share this past Saturday and had two experiments in the kitchen last night.

The first experiment was with dill dip. And yes, it had mayonnaise. If you know me, you know I hate mayonnaise and that even the look of it grosses me out. I was grossed out making this dish for that 2 second window, but once I combined it with the other things I was A okay. FYI, I blame that aversion on Stingerettes, my high school dance team. We had 5 hour outdoor dance workouts next to a mayonnaise factory. If that smell doesn’t make you want to pray to the porcelain god, I don’t know what will.

Back to dill dip, I found a recipe from a fellow blogger. Holla! And with the title, “Best Dill Dip Ever“, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. You can click the link on that title to see her recipe. Holy carrots and celery, it was smashing good! I mean, dip anything you can in it, good. And with 4 1/2 tablespoons of fresh dill, I am quickly learning that dill can take your dish from ho hum to wowza in no time!

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Best Dill Dip Ever!

Next experiment was my mom’s ever so famous Harvest Vegetable Chowder. I have always loved this soup, but have never recreated it myself. My mom’s is just THAT good! All I want to do is devour it like the cookie monster does with cookies. But, since I had another big handful of dill to use I thought, what the heck?!

My recipe was a little different than my mom’s, simply because I needed to think quick and didn’t have time to use the crock pot. So, here was my recipe (sorta… just going off memory since I didn’t write it down). Keep in mind, I didn’t have bouillon so just used sea salt.

Harvest Vegetable Chowder

And here is a picture of the finished product…

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You’ll be lickin’ your lips…

What is your favorite recipe with dill?