Vegetarian White Bean Soup

Vegetarian White Bean Soup

Bean Recipes
Are you looking to eat a little healthier this year? I've recently switched to a vegetarian diet for a number of reasons so I've been on the hunt for new and delicious recipes. Lots of white bean soup recipes call for ham or ham bone and most are cream-based so not very good for the waist-line either. I subscribed to about a million vegetarian/vegan blogs and have spent the last few weeks salivating over new recipes and adding them into my weekly meal planning to try them out a few at a time. This soup from vegetarianventures.com definitely did not disappoint and with a few substitutions is a perfectly acceptable shelf-stable food storage recipe to add to my arsenal! Ingredients: 1 T. olive oil 1/3 c. freeze-dried onions 1 c.…
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Brazilian Black Beans

Bean Recipes
Well it's World Cup season and over here we cheer for the American, Canadian and Brazilian teams. To be festive this week I made Brazilian Black Beans. These beans come with a story. About 10 years ago my husband served a mission for The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints in Brazil for 2 years. We had been dating before he left and when he got home we were married. He often spoke of some of his favorite foods from Brazil. Of course one of his favorite foods was the beans. For the last few years I took it as a challenge to try and re-create these famous Brazilian beans. I tweaked, and tweaked, and tweaked how I made them. Every time I made them he said they…
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Sunday Soup: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Bean Recipes, Recipes
You know the drill... You get home from church (or wherever you may be) STARVING, nothing really planned, and eating out isn't an option. Well this is what happened to me on Sunday. We changed times for church and you'd be surprised how much more hungry you are at 2:00 instead of noon. I needed a meal relatively quick that felt hearty, and since it's FREEZING here... Soup did the trick. Now if you follow our Facebook page, and saw me talking about chicken quinoa soup, that one I still need to make again and measure out the ingredients... This is a different one. I had some black beans that I had pressure cooked for another recipe I needed to use. If you don't know about pressure cooking beans- check…
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Salsa, Chicken, and Black Bean Soup Recipe

Bean Recipes, Recipes, Shelf Stable Recipes
So here is my confession, I LOVE the concept of using a crockpot so dinner time is not crazy around here. However, the reality is ... mornings aren't really any LESS crazy. After I get the big kids off to school and the little kids fed, bathed, dressed, hit the gym, and get the house tidied up a bit it seems like the morning is over and I have missed my timeframe to throw something in the crockpot. Right after school we have to get our piano practicing done, and depending on my kids' behavior this can really cut right into my dinner prep time. So what is a girl to do? Does this sound like anyone else out there? Enter a few of my favorite things to save time…
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CREAMY POTATO SOUP (Food Storage and Fat-Free Style)

Bean Recipes, Fruit and Vegetable Recipes, Recipes
When I got married, my mother-in-law (Jodi's mom - known as Grandma Lori around here) gave me a very special gift. She had each of my relatives and close friends fill out a recipe card or two of their favorite, most trusted recipes. I LOVE that little box of recipe cards because it contains a lot of family favorites that my husband and I both grew up loving from our aunts, grandparents etc. One of my go-to recipes out of that box has been my Aunt Debbie's Vegetable Cheese Chowder (We call it Creamy Potato Soup). Over the years I've figured out a way to incorporate my food storage into this soup AND make it virtually fat free!. Through some creative cooking techniques (removing the flour, milk, and butter) I…
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Book Review: Country Beans

Book Review: Country Beans

Bean Recipes, Book Reviews, Legumes
Please note: This is part of a series of reviews we are doing on food storage, emergency prep, and self-reliance type books. For more reviews click here.  Country Beans New ideas for "User Friendly Beans" in a hurry by Rita Bingham Background: Learning how to use and cook dry beans was a major journey of mine last year. I was always skeptical you could do anything with dry beans before embarking on my "learn how to use beans" journey. If you've followed us for awhile, you probably were there when I made the "Magical Fruit" discovery on how to use dry beans to make cream of chicken replacements, and when I finally learned how to actually COOK dry beans. Most of my bean discoveries and learnings have come from the…
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Texas Caviar … aka Black Bean Salsa

Texas Caviar … aka Black Bean Salsa

Bean Recipes, Legume Recipes, Shelf Stable Recipes
If you are on our Facebook page you may have seen us posting about a delicious black bean salsa that we tasted at a church class we were doing a few weeks ago. The nice lady who made it gave us the recipe (which is made completely out of shelf stable ingredients) and taught us a few things about food storage too. She was awesome. Anyway, we knew we had to share it with all of you so here ya go! Texas Caviar (Black Bean Salsa) Mix: ½ tsp. salt and ½ tsp. pepper ¼ C. olive oil ¾ C. Vinegar 1/3 C sugar Rinse and Drain: 1 can each: black eyed peas, pinto and black beans (can also use dry beans) 1 C. corn (reserve liquid) or freeze-dried corn…
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How To Cook Dry Beans

Bean Recipes, Legumes, Pressure Cookers / Canners
Today we're finishing up showing you more about pressure cookers. Jodi did a great job explaining the difference between pressure canners and cookers last week and so many of our readers on our Facebook Page have asked us what we use our cookers for and here's just one example. This post deserves a little bit of background information... These are actual quotes by me Julie that I said to Jodi, either on the phone or on msn - yes we're old school and that's how we chat when we work late at night. "Jodi, there is no way I will ever use beans in my Food Storage, so I'll just store a lot of Tuna for protein" "Jodi, I decided I actually like black beans now, so I'll just store…
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Blasts from the Past: My Favorite, Ultimate Food Storage Recipe

Bean Recipes, Events, Julie's Progress, Recipes, Wheat, Wheat Recipes
My favorite recipe I've made since venturing into cooking with Food Storage is an Enchilada Pie recipe. I told you all about it back in my cooking challenge post. Since then, I've added another twist on the recipe. I realized I was out of enchilada sauce MID RECIPE a few weeks ago. I had gotten far enough that there was no turning back, but I DID not want to run to the store. Does that EVER happen to any of you? I somehow got confused about how much enchilada sauce I had stored (My husband forgets to tell me we're down to 2 or 3 left when I get him to get one out of the basement for me). Anyways, I found this recipe on allrecipes, and to my amazement…
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Ezekiel Bread – Julie’s Long Overdue Promise

Barley Recipes, Bean Recipes, Grains, Legumes, Lentil Recipes, Recipes, Wheat Recipes
So awhile back one of our Facebook Fans asked if someone would try this bread for her because she didn't have a wheat grinder. I promised I would - And I'm not going to admit how long it took me to get around to it... (although you could find the thread on our facebook discussions and I would be busted!) So I really had no idea why so many people fussed about this bread, I was just excited to try something new... I looked it up and found this: Ezekiel bread in it's earliest form can be found in the Holy Bible in the book of Ezekiel chapter 4, verse 9 which says: "Also take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt, and put them into one vessel and make…
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