Showing posts from May, 2014

For the Love of Beans

Here's what the world needs to know right now... beans. I am so sick of vegetarian recipes that are full of vegetables and cheese. That just doesn't work. It's not filling. It's no wonder only 3% of the population is vegetarian when they are misled into thinking they must eat avocado, pepper and feta for sustenance. Beans are the key. Beans are the alternative to meat. Where you would otherwise stuff your meat simply replace it with beans. Keep all your other add ons. Just swap your meat for beans. It's that easy. And I swear, it really does taste good. Black beans have a great texture and taste that substitutes well for ground beef. Use them in lasagna, 'meat' sauce or on regular sandwiches. Kidney beans are also very 'meaty'. They have a strong nutty flavor and a rich hearty bite. Instead of roast beef or turkey cold cut, just add beans to your sandwich. I adore bean sandwiches. They taste awesome and are so filling. Even though I sometimes eat mea

The Seldom Gardener

A couple of interesting discoveries recently. Ramen noodles are great straight from the package. I've been reading about other people liking this for years and always dismissed it. To look at them out of the cellophane, they just don't look as if they would taste good at all. Boy was I wrong on that count! They are great. Like a cross between nuts and chips. Salty and crunchy and different from other similar snacks. They look like they'll be too hard like dry pasta, but that isn't the case. They have a great texture and snap. And unlike when they are cooked in water, unboiled ramen do not require the services of the 'flavor packet' to taste really great. They're salty, nutty and delivious. They're also great sprinkled on salads. Chopped off my garlic sprout and ate it. Cutting off the green sprout is supposed to funnel the energy into growing the bulb. We'll see. I cut it up and put it in my salad. It had a very mild garlic flavor. Was able to get s