Herb and Bean Bake

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date November 17, 2017
Yield:4 servings
Time needed: 90 minutes

I enjoyed the flavour of this dish, but I disliked intensely the texture of the seitan. It would be a good dish without it. Tofu for vegans or meat or poultry for carnivores would be good substitutes. As often in this book, the seasoning can be strengthened considerably.

Herb and Bean Bake

Herb and Bean Bake
1 large onion, chopped
4 carrots, quartered lengthwise and sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. oilive oil
1 cup seitan cut in 2” chunks
1/2 tsp. thyme, crushed
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp marjoram
1/2 tsp. rosemary, crushed
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 cups cooked white beans, drained (your choice)
2 cups water or vegetable stock.

Preheat oven to 350oF.

In a Dutch oven or flameproof casserole, sauté onions, carrots and garlic in olive oil for about 10 minutes, stirring often.
Add seitan, herbs, mustard and beans. Stir.
Pour in enough water or stock to cover mixture. Stir again.
Baked, covered, for about an hour.

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Teriyaki Salad

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried:October 12, 2017
Yield: 32 1-oz servings
Time needed:30 minutes + time to chill

This is a fine, satisfying salad, not to be missed. Not difficult to make either. Straightforward chopped vegetables in a simple vinaigrette dressing. On a hot summer day make this in the cool of the morning and pull out of the fridge for a ready-to-eat supper.

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Mexican Chili Beans

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: October 6, 2017
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 2 hours + several hours pre-soaking the beans

Salt pork is one of those old standbys it has become almost impossible to find in today’s supermarkets, but is the best for flavour if you can get it. Bacon will substitute well, even the turkey “bacon” I used today. I haven’t tried vegan “bacon” so non-carnivores can experiment with that.

Using canned beans is a timesaver: no soaking, no hours of cooking. But using dried beans is just as easy, with most of the work confined to a few minutes.

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Lima Bean Soup

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried:September 28, 2017
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed:45 minutes

Prior preparation needed:
Cook dried or frozen beans and drain reserving 2 cups of the cooking liquid for best flavour.

If you already have the beans cooked this is very quick soup to make, less than half an hour. The flavour is subtle but delightful, though some may prefer to add a little stronger seasoning. I found a bit of Worcestershire sauce an excellent addition.

Lima Bean Soup

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Mexican Refried Beans

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried:July 4, 2017
Yield: 5-6 servings
Time needed: 3 hours

Prior preparation needed
Soak dried beans overnight

This requires time not work. This recipe is quite plain, suitable for an everyday side dish. Easy to add flavour by adding spices and additional sautéed vegetables such as mushrooms, garlic or chopped bell or chili pepper.

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Sweet and Sour Couscous for Arabian Nights

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Made: September 27, 2013
Yield: 6 servings
Time to make: 25 to 35 minutes

Prior preparation needed
Cook garbanzo beans

This is a wonderful and elegant dish!  The ingredient list is very long and it takes some fancy footwork to put it together, but it is definitely worth the effort.  As is often the case with a skillet dish, most of the work takes place before you start heating the pan.  I soon found the simplest thing to do was to prepare several sub-sections of the recipe, put each in a container, then use each container as needed.  So by the time I began heating the oil this is what I had on my counter:

Beans: whether you cook your own or open a can, drain and set aside
Vegetables: put chopped and sliced onions, carrots, celery and mushrooms all in a bowl
Seasoning: a small bowl held the dillweed, bay leaf, thyme, parsley, mustard, salt, pepper, mashed garlic and horseradish
Stock and white wine: mixed together in a large mug
Milk & egg beaten together
Tomato sauce: with dry milk, brown sugar, dry mustard and vinegar
Finally, in separate containers, measured amounts of water and couscous

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White Chili

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried:May 24, 2017
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes max.

Prior preparation
Both beans and chicken need to be cooked in advance.
Great way to use leftovers of these ingredients. Plan previous weeks menus with this in mind.

The name comes from substitutions made to a standard chili recipe:
-white navy beans replace red kidney beans
-chicken replaces ground beef
-white sauce replaces tomato sauce

I enjoyed this dish very much.

White Chili

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