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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Wed. Aug 8th

Stewed Black Beans with Tomatoes & Peppers for Dinner!

Daily Tidbit:  I am a long time Canned Bean user (so easy!), but I have been wanting to convert to Dried  Beans for a long time.  Dried beans are more affordable, significantly lower in Sodium and using them would reduce my constant worry about my family ingesting the harmful BPA found in the canned beans that we eat nearly every week.  

Using Dried Beans always sounded like it took too much time and effort for our hectic lives, however recently a brilliant friend of mine said "why don't you use your slow cooker?"  Why not indeed!  Not sure why I hadn't thought of it, but I hadn't. So I read over some online recipes and tried it out yesterday and used them today in my Stewed Black Bean dish (pictured above).  It was a yummy success and easy too! (The full recipe is below).

BPA is a known hormone disruptor that has been linked to risks for various cancers and several other serious health conditions.  A recent study showed how eating canned food greatly increased BPA levels in the test subjects urine.  To read more about BPA and this study:


Oatmeal with Walnuts for Breakfast!

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Walnuts
½ cup plain Oatmeal (cooked in Fat Free Milk, in microwave)
2 tbsp of plain Walnuts
2-3 shakes Plain Cinnamon on top
5 oz. glass of OJ
Regular Coffee, black


Yummy Broccoli Pizza for Lunch!

Lunch: Pizza!
2 slices of Broccoli Pizza with Ricotta Cheese
Water with a splash of Low Calorie Lemonade (roughly 2 tbsp worth)
Regular Coffee, black


Snack:  Tons of Baby Carrots, like probably 30 or so that I munched while feeding my kids dinner.  Maybe even 40, I was hungry!
1/2 slice of Turkey Bacon (it was just calling me from the Pyrex in my fridge that was full of already cooked Turkey Bacon!)  
Water with Lime


Stewed Black Beans with Tomatoes & Peppers, topped with Avocado

Cheddar & Mozzarella Nachos

Dinner: Stewed Black Beans with Tomato & Peppers, served with Nachos
1 bowl (2 cups) Stewed Black Beans with Tomatoes & Peppers (recipe below) with 1/2 Avocado, a squirt of Lime juice, & fresh cut Cilantro
1 Plate of Toasted Organic White Corn Tortilla Chips topped with 2 tbsp shredded Cheddar Cheese & 1/4 cup shredded Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese
White Wine


Dessert: Gala Apple



Stewed Black Beans with Tomato & Peppers Recipe:
In a hot pan heat up 1 tbsp of Canola oil and cook 1/2 Sweet White Onion a few minutes.  Add 2 cloves of chopped Garlic, 1/2 tbsp of Cumin, Salt/ Pepper and cook for a couple minutes, being careful not to brown the Garlic.  Then add 1 can of No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes, 1 small can of Green Chiles, 1 cup of thawed frozen Red, Yellow & Green Peppers slices.  Add 3 cups of Black Beans (I used Dried Black Turtle Beans and cooked them in the slow cooker the day before - recipe for that below).  I also added 1 piece of raw Chicken Breast to flavor the meal while it cooked in the stew.  Cover dish and cook a for 30 minutes on medium heat.  Remember to make sure the Chicken is cooked to a safe temperature before serving.

You can serve in a bowl or with rice or with corn.  Topping it with a squirt of Lime Juice and/ or fresh cut Cilantro is a nice addition, as well as Avocado slices or cheese.  I enjoyed mine by dipping toasted Corn Tortilla chips & cheese in it!

Slow Cooker Beans Recipe:
These were my first time cooking Dried Beans in my slow cooker and it turned out great!  I simply rinsed and picked over my dried beans and then put them into my slow cooker on low heat.  I filled it up with water to cover beans by two inches (I read this in many online recipes that I perused beforehand!) and let it cook on Low for 8 hours, stirring twice during the whole process to check in to make sure there was enough liquid.  I put them into a container in my fridge, so they were ready to go tonight when I made my Black Bean stew and the whole family was happy with the results!

Warning:  Red and Kidney Beans contain a toxin that is not cooked out in the slow cooker!  They need to be boiled properly first to be safe to eat!



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