Bean and Sesame Paté

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: March 1, 2018
Yield: 1 cup
Time needed: about 10 minutes

Prior preparation needed
Soak and cook beans until tender

I found this hummus-like spread very appetizing. Great on toast!

Bean and Sesame Paté

Bean and Sesame Paté
1 cup cooked beans, drained (reserve cooking water)
1 Tbsp. tamari
1/4 cup tahini
bean cooking water as needed
1 Tbsp. minced parsley
1/2 Tbsp dried onion flakes
1 Tbsp chopped scallion
2 cloves garlic , pressed or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Grind beans in a food processor.
Mix in tamari and enough tahini to form a smooth, thick paste, adding bean cooking water if necessary to achieve desired consistency.
Add remaining ingredients to season.


Lentil Barley Stew

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: February 22, 2018
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 90 minutes

A lovely hearty vegetarian stew.

Lentil Barley Stew

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Black Bean Piquante Sauce

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: January 13, 2018
Yield: 6 servings (about 1 1/2 quarts)
Time needed: 3 hours if beginning with dried beans

This makes a large quantity of sauce and I think 6 servings is an underestimate. The final simmering is best done in a slow cooker so, starting with dried beans and the necessary pre-soaking as well as the time to cook the beans, then 4 or more hours in the slow cooker, one needs to plan for a two-day project.

Out of that possibly only 20 minutes is active preparation.

The resulting sauce is quite pleasant though. I think I will find plenty of uses for it.

Black Bean Sauce on noodles and rice

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Enchilada Bake

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date: January 5, 2018
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 90 minutes

This is a very good dish. Increase the chili powder to taste. I had only 6 tortillas and could have used more. One change I would make is to substitute sour cream for the ricotta cheese. But, of coarse, ricotta is much lower in fat.

Note, these are not enchiladas as such, but a casserole made with typical enchilada ingredients, and very tasty.

Enchilada Bake

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Budget Bean Salad

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date: December 13, 2017
Yield: 8 servings
Time needed: 20 minutes

Prior preparation needed
Cook kidney beans if starting with dry beans rather than canned.
Cook peas.
Hard-boil eggs

A rather unusual bean salad as it calls for only one kind of beans, not a combination for colour contrast. No doubt this helps it live up to its name. It is quick to put together provided some ingredients are prepared ahead of time. And it also needs time to chill. So although prep time is minimal, it can stretch over much of a day.

Budget Bean Salad

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Lentil and Potato Soup

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date: December 11, 2017
Yield: 8-10 servings
Time needed: 1 hour

This is truly a lovely soup, especially on a cold day. If you don’t have a very large soup pot, you may have to cut the recipe in half to fit whatever pot is available. If you have no spiced butter on hand, make some a day or two before making the soup. (Recipe below)

Lentil and Potato Soup

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