Thursday, September 8, 2016

Quasi vegetarian Thursday; talking beans



 Thursday's often tend to be vegetarian days, most likely using a Crock Pot in the process. Today's offerings includes a batch of my Calico beans. I am using my lb of organic   Jacob's cattle beans, my last 2 cans of kidney beans (low salt, too). This house uses a lot of beans!
I wasn't feeling well, so ended up doing these on the stove top. We'll have a green salad and some hotdogs in buns with choice of condiments.


Calico beans recipe

8 comments:

Linda said...

How is the stovetop easier than a crockpot. I would think just the opposite. Right now, I would kill for a hotdog and bun!

Marcia in rural WNY said...

I think this is funny: I have never been a big fan of beans, but they are frugal and they are protein, and I need low salt, low fat, so I have been trying for a couple years to learn to like more beans. Just made a big pot of black beans and rice a couple days ago.
Had my 4th attack of gout a week or two ago and just went on a maintenance med to keep the gout away. Reading online about diet, and guess what has lots of purines in it, that I should not be eating: BEANS! Guess I'll revert back to chick peas only, although I have grown fairly fond of lentils in the meantime. At least I won't be forcing them down my throat anymore. Beef and beer are probably bigger problems--although I eat more beef than beer, I do like the occasional beer too. Most of my meds say "do not take with alcohol" anyhow, so if I do have any, it's usually just ONE. Carefully squeezed in between doses of meds.

CTMOM said...

Linda, I never said that the stove top version of cooking was any easier. I simply wasn't well enough to start the CP yesterday morning. Once I was feeling better, come afternoon, it was too late to cook this recipe in a CP, so I used the stove top method. Baking in the oven was also an option, but I am using A/C and didn't want to heat up the house.

CTMOM said...

Marcia, I had to look up what pruines are. According to what I read, while purine levels vary from 19-75 amongst dried peas and beans, they still are lower than those found in animal proteins. Recommendation is no more than 1 cup/daily. I'd experiment a bit, see if it helps. Good luck!

Anne in the kitchen said...

We are kind of bound by the weather when it comes to eating, so we have no major soup or bean meals until the weather is cooler (I have no idea why we are like that) but your pot of beans looks delicious. In a few weeks we will no longer be in the 90's and then it will be bean time!

carol pavlik said...

Carol you inspire me to be more frugal. In f a ct my new mantra is "cook what you hav e and eat what you cook". So many times I will see a recipe or get a craving for a food not on hand. I am forcing myself to cook what I already have. And because I am so forgetful, writing leftovers on the front of the fridge.

CTMOM said...

Carol Pavlik, I've always cooked based upon what is on hand, purchased as cheaply as possible. Perhaps it's backwards, but if chicken was acquired on the cheap, that's what will be on the menu vs spending whatever on beef because I felt like it. It's one of my key principles to keep food costs down.No sale beef for a while? we eat other proteins. Pot roasts are on sale (yes, it's hay-hot-humid here at the moment) and I doubt that many are buying them. No worries, if they look nice, I'll grab 2-3 and freeze them for Fall/Winter meals.

meme said...

I hope you are feeling better.

I did not work today - my husband had his chemo port implanted in his chest today and due to sedation - could not drive himself back home.

We have a "chemo teach" appointment on the 21st -- nine weeks of "aggressive chemo treatment" will begin right after that....

I will be looking for easy ways to cook - the big thing is going to be the crock pot...I might be using it five days a week. My husband has done a lot of the cooking in our marriage - and I am not complaining - he is a wonderful cook! I will be taking over the cooking when he feels like it is too much for him, even though he chest is very sore and painful now - he insists on making dinner tonight.