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.

Mexican Chili Beans

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Tagine of Moroccan Vegetables with Couscous

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: July 25, 2017
Yield: 4-6 servings
Time needed:1 hour

This is a delicious and quite an impressive dinner fit for company.
In spite of the long ingredient list, it is fairly simple to make.

Tagine of Moroccan Vegetables with Couscous

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Vegetables with Ground Beef

Source: Food Combining for Health
Made: November 12, 2013
Yield: 3-4 servings
Time to make: 2 hours, mostly simmering time.

A nice satisfying stew.  I really liked this. And except for a tiny ½ teaspoon of potato flour it is pretty much devoid of starch, so it’s a good paleo choice.  With extra time, it would work well in a slow-cooker. Actual preparation prior to simmering only takes 15 minutes or so.

Vegetables with Ground Beef

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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.

Mexican Refried Beans

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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

Sweet & Sour Couscous for Arabian Nights

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