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Four Bean Chili

My bulk Tuesdays are getting old. We’re kind of tired of lentils, red bean chili or chickpeas, so I needed (and still need) to find some new twists for my leguminous Tuesday lunches. I was happy to find this Four Bean Chili recipe, even though we’re still talking about beans… and chili… again, I find that mixing four different types of beans in an all-vegetarian meal would certainly bring a different twist.

I didn’t use any canned ingredients simply because I prefer to use fresh cooked beans.  You can certainly use cans to make this an even easier meal. I also incorporated zucchini to the mix, you can add any variety you like.

Helga

Four Bean Chili

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Freezer Method & Slow Cooking: Beef & Vegetable Goulash

Browsing through Pinterest (isn’t it addictive?!) I saw quite a few pins on slow cooking meals and frozen meals.  I could certainly use the help this stew freezer method of cooking brings to someone with a tight schedule, like me.  I tried a couple of recipes and let me tell you, this method IS a lifesaver.  And not only that, the recipes are really delicious. I wouldn’t do this every day, but I do like to prepare them at least once a week,  especially for my busiest day which is Monday.

First thing to do, is defrost your meat. I do that on Sunday, at noon. Prepare the recipe, which in my case, yields for two meals because you divide the whole thing into 2 resealable freezer bags and each bag is enough for 4 servings. Mark each bag with the cooking instructions (see my photo).  At night I throw all the ingredients from one of the bags into my slow cooker, I turn it on Low at about 10pm before I go to sleep, and on Monday morning my meal is ready. I can forget about it and not worry about how I’m going to squeeze in the time to make lunch between house duties, office duties, picking Kristen up from school and taking her to swim class.  (I have to get to all that before lunch time, which on Monday’s is at 2).  I know a lot of us have hectic days like those, so I hope you will give this method a try.

The key is to organize yourself.  Pick out at least 2 recipes and get the ingredients you need for one day of chopping and mixing. You’ll have a month’s worth of once a week freezer meals ready to help you out on your busiest days.

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Freezer Method: Beef & Vegetable Goulash

Recipe adapted from Mama and Baby Love

Ingredients
Yields: 2 freezer bags, 4 serving each.

3 cups chopped onions
2 cups coarsely chopped green bell peppers.
2 cups of sliced mushrooms
2 cups of carrots, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup of cooked peas (fresh or frozen)
2-3 pounds beef stew meat, cut into one inch cubes
2  500 gram cartons of crushed pureed tomatoes
2 tablespoons of  paprika
2  tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup of white wine

Note: When you’re ready to cook, and you have transferred your prepared meal to your slow cooker, add some fresh herbs: 1 bay leaf and 1 spring of thyme.

Procedure:

  1. Mix everything and divide  into two gallon freezer bags, shake it up, seal, label and put in the freezer.
  2. Day of cooking, defrost your bag ahead of time. dump it into your slow cooker and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours, or low 6-8 hours, depending on your specific slow cooker.
  3. I make white rice to go with this, but cooked noodles are also a great choice.  You can add a little sour cream on top before serving.
  4. Enjoy!

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Corn Soup

I tried this recipe as an alternative to serve corn.  I liked that it required few ingredients and that the procedure was so easy, it is perfect for my busy weekday cooking.   This recipe is enough for 8 servings, you can easily divide the recipe to suit your quantity needs, or you can freeze half of it for another day. It keeps for up to 6 months!

If you would like to know about the health benefits of corn, go to our published post here. You ‘ll find interesting information as well as a round up of some our recipes containing corn.

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Corn Soup

Recipe Adapted from
Martha Stewart
Serves 8

Ingredients

16 ears yellow corn
4 tablespoons butter, (cut into small pieces)
1 tablespoon coarse salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
Tortilla chips, (optional)
Lime wedges, (optional)
Scallions, sliced, (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Remove husks and silks from corn. Holding ears in a large bowl, slice off kernels (to yield about 10 cups). When slicing corn from cobs, work in a deep bowl to catch the kernels and any juices. In two batches, puree kernels and accumulated juices with a total of 2 cups water until chunky.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, cook pureed corn, butter, 4 cups water, paprika, pepper, sugar and salt until butter is melted and soup is heated through, 5 minutes.
  3. Serve hot, garnished with tortilla chips, lime wedges, and sliced scallions, as desired.

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Tuna Patties

I’ve made this recipe several times already, it’s quick, it’s easy, it’s delicious, budget friendly and my toddler asks for seconds. I love this recipe.

It’s  not only a great choice for a weekday meal, but it is also perfect for a day at the beach. A good idea (that I have not tried yet) is to make tuna burgers with them.  If any of you tries them, please let me know.  How would that go?  I’m thinking I would make them with lettuce, sliced cucumber… I think that should go in there.  Sliced tomatoes, a little bit of grated ginger on top ( I always put grated ginger in my tuna.), and perhaps some wasabi mayonnaise?

That sounds good already, I think I’ll try it this week.

Tuna Patties

Tuna Patties

Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes

Serves 2
(yields 4 patties)

Ingredients:

2 6-ounce cans tuna
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives, green onions, or shallots
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
A couple squirts of  Tabasco
1 raw egg
2 Tbsp olive oil

Procedure:

  1. Drain the liquid from the tuna cans. If you are using tuna packed in water, reserve a tablespoon of the tuna water, and add a teaspoon of olive oil to the tuna mixture in the next step.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the tuna, mustard, torn white bread, lemon zest, lemon juice, water, parsley, chives, and hot sauce. Sprinkle on salt and freshly ground black pepper. Taste the mixture before adding the egg to see if it needs more seasoning to your taste. Mix in the egg.
  3. Divide the mixture into 4 parts. With each part, form into a ball and then flatten into a patty. Place onto a wax paper lined tray and chill for an hour. (You can skip the chilling if you want, chilling just helps the patties stay together when you cook them.)
  4. Heat the olive oil and a little butter (for taste) in a cast iron or stick-free skillet on medium high. Gently place the patties in the pan, and cook until nicely browned, 3-4 minutes on each side.

Tuna Patties

Tuna Patties

Tuna Patties

Tuna Patties

Tuna Patties

Tuna Patties

Tuna Patties