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April 03, 2016

Easy Baked Beans

Beans, beans good for your heart. They are a very healthy choice as a side or meatless main dish. Not only do they provide a good source for protein, they are also high in Vitamins A and C, calcium, phosphorus and iron.

Bush's Best Beans are my go to for baked beans. They come in so many flavors now that you can decide on what you're in the mood for.
My favorite choices are traditional and homestyle. They also have a vegetarian style.

The secret is to slow cook them.

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January 30, 2016

Chorizo, Lentil and Vegetable Stew

Rich in flavor and packed with nutrients. Lentils are combined with chorizo and vegetables for a complete meal.

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December 29, 2015

Yellow Rice with Raisins

This delicious South African side dish has turmeric which gives it the yellow color.

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September 16, 2015

Quinoa Burgers

This recipe came from Eating Well. I wanted a burger recipe that used quinoa because it is a complete protein grain, meaning it contains all essential amino acids including albumin. It is also lower in fats and carbohydrates than most grains.

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August 07, 2015

Pancetta and Herb Risotto

Risotto is made with Arborio rice, a very traditional Italian dish. There have been many variations created with added ingredients such as shrimp, vegetables and cheese but the basic recipe is standard. The dish begins by sautéing onions and rice, stirring in white wine and adding hot broth until the rice is creamy and tender.

To serve this as a vegetarian dish, omit the pancetta and replace the chicken stock with tomato juice.

Wine Pairing: A French or Spanish Rose wine

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February 25, 2015

Shrimp Risotto

I ate the best Shrimp Risotto in Italy, that was until I made this one. They are very different but both are loaded with layers of flavor.

Risotto is made with Arborio rice and takes a little time to develop the right texture, but totally worth it so get to it!

Pair this dish with an Italian white Soave. The wine is crisp and fruity but yet light enough to compliment the flavors in the risotto.

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January 21, 2015

Curried Bean and Pepper Soup

This isn't your everyday bowl of beans. Curry, allspice and ginger provide a very flavorful soup and the peppers add color, texture and more flavor.

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December 19, 2014

Bean and Lentil Stew with Sausage

Soup is perfect comfort food especially when it is cold and damp outside and you are feeling chilled to the bone and need to warm up your core.

I signed up at work to bring lentil soup to our annual fund raiser. I had recently cooked a pot of pinto beans for chili and had about 3 cups left so I decided to add that to the mix. When I looked at it, I thought it looked a little out of balance so I added Cannellini beans, a type of white bean. It all came together perfectly.

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August 18, 2014

Red Beans and Rice

Begin with dried beans, pre soak over night and add lots of herbs and spices when cooking for ultimate flavor. Adding bacon, sausage or ham hock will also add flavor. For true Cajun food this recipe calls for Andouille sausage, a spicy, smoked sausage.

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February 24, 2014

White Bean and Ham Soup

Bean soup is a great way to use the ham bone from a Holiday ham dinner. We usually have a spiral cut ham for Christmas and/or Easter dinner and I put the bone into the freezer until I'm in the mood for a good ole bowl of soup beans.

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July 01, 2013

Quinoa Salad with Mango and Dried Cranberries

Quinoa is very versatile and so easy to prepare. The seed of a goosefoot plant, it is considered to be a complete protein containing all 8 essential amino acids and albumin. Because quinoa has a nutty flavor, I decided it would combine well with fruit.

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April 24, 2013

Cassoulets

Cassoulets create fragrant, mouthwatering aromas and make a sumptuous meal. Originating in southern France, the casserole always contains meat, beans and herbs with many variations each having it's own personality.

To decrease the cooking and prep time use Bush's Best Beans

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March 24, 2013

Stone Ground Grit Casserole with Provolone and Portobello

This recipe can be served at brunch or as a side dish.

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January 02, 2013

3 Sausage Lentil Stew

Dried lentils are high in protein and iron, making them a good substitute for meat. If you prefer a meatless dish follow these directions and just simpley omit the sausage.

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June 12, 2012

Warm Cannellini Bean Bruschetta

Setting up a “bruschetta bar” and offering several toppings for your guests to choose from is a great party idea. This is one of several toppings that is always a hit. And it is so easy to make that you'll have time to enjoy the party.

For best results use Bush's Best Beans.

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