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Legumes

Our Legume Recipes include some of the most popular legumes: Lentils, Chickpeas, and Beans. These recipes are not only delicious but healthy and easy to cook! Try our Beans and Cornbread for a one dish wonder cooked easy in a crock pot. I love cooking lentils because they don’t require any soaking time and can be easily cooked in twenty to thirty minutes. I cook lentils in sauces, soups, or casseroles. Legumes come in a variety of shapes and sizes, tastes and flavors. What is your favorite legume and how do you prepare and cook them? Share it with us!

Lentil Cabbage Soup

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I like to make soups. I like to make soups out of leftover veggies and pantry items. I like to throw my leftover veggies and pantry items in a crock pot and cook all day until dinner.

I had half a bag of lentils, vcialis 40mg a cabbage head, and one bell pepper, one carrot, and some celery…soup anyone?

Delicious Rating: Any crock-pot meal is a super easy recipe. I love to start the crock-pot in the morning for dinner to be ready around dinner time or start the crock pot before I go to bed. It is such a nice feeling to wake up to the smell of something wonderful! This soup is full of healthy stuff. Add more if you would like!

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Cilantro Polenta & Bean Salsa

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When I was watching one of the many season of Top Chef I started getting curious about Polenta. It seemed that every chef on the show would cook with it in one challenge or another. I just assumed I would never find Polenta here in Mexico but sure enough there it was at the grocery store. It is exciting to cook with a new ingredient, something you may never have even eaten before. I felt like I was on a Top Chef quickfire challenge and I had to think of something fast! This Polenta Recipe came to mind…but not as fast as those chefs think up easy recipes.

Delicious Rating: If you are not using quick cooking polenta make sure you continue to whisk and whisk hard! If you are not a cilantro fan than this recipe may not be for you. It is geared up with cilantro and some spiciness from the peppers in the salsa. I have to say that it was good and different. I really didn’t know what to expect. My DH enjoyed it and asked for me to make it again one day. I will for him but not for myself. It just didn’t do anything for my palate. Let me know what you think in the comment section!

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Thick Homemade Vegetarian Chili

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Chili is definitely a comfort food. It is thick, warm, spicy, flavorful, and served in a bowl! You can top it with cheesy goodness, creamy sour cream, and crunchy chips for texture (frito pie). Sorry if this offends you but meat in a runny chili sauce is not considered chili! No way! Chili has to be thick enough for your spoon to stand in it. Beans are a must in chili and meat is optional.

Ever since I bought my crock-pot years ago, Chili has been a home regular. It is so easy to make and delicious to eat. I cook mine for up to 8 hours while I am gone all day. It is so inviting to come home to the smell of chili, yum! I freeze half for another night when I don’t feel like cooking.

Delicious Rating: Crock-pot cooking is really one step cooking. Add all the ingredients to the pot and turn on. Nothing to this easy recipe. Add more veggies if you would like or less and add meat. I usual do a vegetarian version with no meat. My chili recipe is actually Vegan but turns vegetarian when you add cheese and sour cream for topping which is really up to you. This recipe never fails to be delicious. The heat is always just right and the flavors meld so well. Drop a comment and let me know what you think of it.

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Caribbean Rice & Beans

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 I have said before that I love Caribbean food, especially food from the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Something about plantains, stewed meat, and rice & beans…you have to eat it to really know! Thankfully you don’t have to travel far, only to your local grocery store and into your kitchen. We have tried so many different versions of Rice & Beans. Some are dry, some do not use coconut milk, others have super mushy beans. This was my first time making Rice & Beans. I wanted to get the flavor profile right without adding too much or too little of something.

My DH said that these were by far the best Rice & Beans he has ever eaten. I thought he was just being overly kind until he finished the pot…

Delicious Rating: I usually do all my prep with a good ol’ fashion chef’s knife but you can save some time by using a food processor. I thought that this easy recipe was good, not my all time favorite. I found it to be a bit wet for my taste. I don’t want dry Rice & Beans but not moist either. Although my DH says they are the best we have ever eaten something was missing for me. I could really have been the meal profile. I only made rice & beans, when usually they are served with some meat and plantains, so that may have been missing for me. Otherwise, please try out this recipe and let me know what you think of it. I love the bell peppers adding color to it. I will definitely make these again with an adjustment on the coconut milk: adding more water and less milk.

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