Heart Healthy Colombian-Style Beans

My husband is from Colombia and you know no one can make beans like his grandmother did.  In fact, as a child, he would only eat her cooking.  No one else’s.  Nowadays, he is not so picky.  He’ll eat beans, but he really loves Colombian-style beans.  For him, only red kidney beans will do.  He…

Chickpea Soup

This a delicious soup from the Caribbean.  I like it as a way to use up cooked baked ham.  This recipe calls for dried chickpeas, but you could substitute cooked, canned garbanzo beans.

Pigeon Pea Soup

I love a nice baked ham, but since I am trying to watch my sodium intake and eat less meat, I thought stretching it out with soup was a smart way to go.  I made this with dried peas that were soaked for a couple of days, but you could just as easily use cooked…

Kale Soup

Today I received a recipe in my email.  Ah hah ha ha!  Could I have said such a thing 10 years ago?  Five?  I thought it looked real good, but I made it better.

Chile Shrimp with Butter Beans and Couscous

Hmmm.  Beans and shrimp.  It just might work.  I thought this was an odd combination, but had to try it.  Especially since I eat beans and whole grains at least 4 to 5 days a week.  It is reminiscent of Shrimp and Grits.

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Soup

This is a tasty and easy to make soup.  I like it because you can leave it soupy as is, or run your immersion blender around a couple of times to make the soup thicker and creamier without adding actual cream.

Mexican Yellow Rice with Black Beans

This recipe utilizes inexpensive turmeric to color the rice instead of the more expensive saffron.  This dish has its roots in the Spanish Conquistadors who invaded the Mexican Aztecs in the 16th century.  Before that, Mexican cuisine consisted of mainly corn, beans, and chilies.  The Spanish brought with them meat, rice, dairy, and various spices.  Actually,…

Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas)

This is a dish that is made in every Latin American household.  There are probably hundreds of variations since everyone makes “theirs” slightly different.  This is how I like to do it.  The difference here is that instead of adding the olives at the beginning, I add them at the end.  I think it gives…

Squash Soup

This soup has squash, shredded cabbage, and black beans.  Even Ferdinand, who hates sweet food, liked it!

Chili con Carne

Everyone seems to have their own recipe for chili; some with beans, some without.  This one is really good and does have beans.