Monday, February 7, 2011

Whats been cooking

I made beans, I love beans.  I would eat a bean and cheese burrito everyday if I could, and at times in my life I probably have. 

I highly reccomend making your own beans, they are so much better (and cheaper) then canned.

Here is how I make them: Get your crock pot out.  Soak the beans over night in water (or if you do not have the foresight to do this, boil some water, poor it over your pot of beans and soak them for as long as you have).

Then drain the soaking water, and refill with fresh cold water, add a few cloves of chopped garlic, turn your crock pot on high and leave.

Several hours later come back and your beans should be done.

They will not taste good! Beans need SALT, a lot of salt.  I add salt, and sometimes I add a little cumin and red chile powder then let them cook for a little while longer so they can soak up the seasoning.

You can freeze extras in small serving sizes, the next time you want to reach for a can of beans you can pull out your frozen beans instead.

Clearly we ate some beans this week, I will spare you the pictures (yummy but not so pretty).

Also on our menu:

Chicken Fajitas:

Saute chicken tenders, bell peppers and onions that have been marinated in lime juice, red chile powder, salt and a touch of cumin.   I made guacamole and salsa also super easy, let me know if you want the recipe.

Chicken with mushrooms and parsley:

My picture is not so good because I had chopped all the chicken for fajitas, it tasted good but looks much nicer if you use a chicken cutlet.

Asparagus with a soft boiled egg: This is so easy and good.  Top asparagus with a little olive oil and roast it in a 425 degrees, then top it with the egg and coarse ground salt.

What are you cooking this week?



  1. Chicken soup today (Jake has the flu), potato parmesan soup tomorrow (for Ronald McDonald House). After that...??? Help! No Mexican food for us this week :)

  2. This week I am making: Thai Chicken and Noodle Salad,Chicken Milanese with Arugula Salad, Tandoori-Style Chicken Burgers, and Seafood Stew. At least that is what I am planning on making, but we went out to dinner tonight...we will see how the week pans out. Let me know if you want any of the recipes.

  3. Too funny - I made my first batch of crock pot beans today!