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Bean Soup the Simple Way

In Healthy Lunches on May 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Super Simple Salad

Buy a bag of 14 different beans or mix them yourself.  Soak overnight.  Drain, rinse, add to slow cooker insert on stove.  Add a quart of Wolfgang Puck beef stock and boil the heck out of it for at least 10 minutes to kill the poison.  Add water to replace what left the pot.  Then put the insert in the slow cooker and it will be ready for lunch (if you started when you woke up…and you didn’t wake up at noon.)

14 bean soup

Red Kidney Bean Poisoning is an illness caused by a toxic agent, Phytohaemagglutnin (Kidney Bean Lectin). This toxic agent is found in many species of beans, but it is in highest concentration in red kidney beans (Phaseolus vulgaris).

Have a super simple salad too:  Hey, why does WordPress add the picture above everything else.  So annoying.


Airbrushed Perfection

In Healthy Lunches on May 18, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Have you noticed Dr. Oz at the grocery store checkout?  He’s everywhere.  Very airbrushed.  I don’t even know who he is but I keep making his suggested recipes and they are great.  Here’s another from the Good Housekeeping site.

Cod Livornese

What’s in it?

  • 1 tablespoon(s) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium   (6- to 8-ounce)  red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 clove(s) garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon(s) crushed red pepper
  • 1 can(s) (14- to 14.5-ounce) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoon(s) pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon(s) capers, rinsed and drained
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4   (6 ounces each)  skinless cod fillets
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) dried oregano
  • 1 cup(s) whole wheat couscous
  • 1/4 cup(s) packed fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup(s) packed fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

Read more: Cod Livornese with Couscous Recipe – Good Housekeeping

Oh, that’s tricky.  When you cut and paste the ingredients, the website attaches that link.  I was going to put a link.  Anyway, try it.  It’s a great fish and a great recipe.  I don’t put the how to part of the recipe because it’s usually the same.  Saute the smelly stuff, add the liquid stuff, bake the fishy stuff, plop on top of rice or whatever.  Done.

First Crop, What Now?

In Random Acts of Food on May 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm

We planted our first ever garden on April 4th and look what we have now!  A million radishes.  Other than radish stew, I have no idea what to do with them.  So far I’ve just been munching on them for snacks now and then.

Radishes from Seed

I’m going to check out this site when I have more time:  radish blog

Warm French Lentil Salad

In Healthy Lunches on May 12, 2011 at 2:10 pm

This is a Dr. Oz recipe from Good Housekeeping.  Even when your housewifery is not up to snuff, you can make this tasty, healthy meal and no one will notice the dirty windows.

Lentil Salad

What’s in it?

  • 7 ounce(s)   (1 cup)  French green (de Puy) lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • 3 sprig(s) fresh oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) oregano leaves, chopped
  • 1 medium   (6- to 8-ounce)  onion
  • 3 large stalks celery
  • 2 large peppers (red, orange, or yellow)
  • 2 tablespoon(s) extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 tablespoon(s) red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon(s) fresh dill, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 6 ounce(s) baby spinach or lettuce
  • 2 ounce(s) feta cheese, crumbled (1/2 cup)

recipe here

Heirloom Tomatoes

In Healthy Lunches on May 12, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Ever since the grocery stores have started selling local fresh food this spring, I’ve been eating simple lunches.  This is some sort of heirloom tomato.  I would have paid more attention to the name of it if I had known how pretty it was inside.  The little yellow grape tomatoes were very sweet.

Heirloom Tomatoes

What’s in it?

  • Heirloom Mystery Tomato slices
  • Sweet yellow grape tomatoes
  • Parsley from garden
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Ginger dressing

Hunger Strike

In Healthy Lunches on May 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Most of my posts “went missing” so I kind of gave up on WordPress until I realized what happened.  WP must have changed some settings to only show 10 posts.  Anyway, I switched that setting to show 365 (the most posts I’ll ever do in a year!)  and all is well now.  Will start eating again tomorrow.