Slow Cooker Beans for the Freezer aka Refried Beans without the Refry

I have heard about the beans for years.  Yes, years!  And I can’t believe I had never tried them.  I first heard about them on the Sonlight forums, where they were made famous by Bethany of For the Love of Grub.

Bethany loves these beans and makes them often and tells the rest of us that we need to be making them.  Everyone who has tried them raves about them.

Do I take the hint and give them a try?  No, I wait 5 or 7 years before it finally hits me that I need to see what the fuss is about.  I mean, it’s just beans, right? They can’t be that much better than canned, right?

Call me a crazy bean lover!  These things are fabulous!

They aren’t spicy, and yet they’re flavorful.  They make a quick dinner, can be mashed or left whole and they’re great for stocking your freezer.

Bethany gives a lot of variations on her blog, but this is how I made them:  [Read more…]

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35 Favorite Meatless Meals

A number of you have asked for a list of meatless meals to have during Lent.  This is a list of my favorite vegetarian or meatless meals. For some of the soups, you’ll need to substitute vegetable broth for the beef or chicken broth in order to make it vegetarian.  I’ve also included fish recipes in this list.

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Cheese Soup and Pretzel Rolls

Eating Cheese Soup and Sister Schubert’s Soft Pretzel Rolls made me feel like I was in Canada.

Not the real Canada.  The Disney version in EPCOT.  They have a restaurant there called Le Cellier that serves cheese soup and pretzel bread.  So yummy!

This recipe is not exactly like the Disney soup, but it is very good and easy to make.  And the Pretzel Rolls are super easy.  Just pop them in the oven to warm for a few minutes.

My kids were so excited to have the rolls again.  They’d been asking me to serve them since we’d had Reuben Sliders on Pretzel Rolls a few weeks ago.  The rolls are crusty on the outside, but the inside is soft and tender.  The flavor is like soft pretzels.  They’re a perfect compliment to any soup, but I think they go especially well with cheese soup.

Here’s what you’ll need for the soup:  [Read more…]

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Ravioli with Tomato and Onion Sauce – 5 Ingredients!

Dinner doesn’t get simpler than this.

If you’re blessed with tomatoes growing in your backyard, you could start the water, pick a couple tomatoes and have the sauce finished by the time the ravioli is done.

I didn’t have fresh tomatoes for this, so I used canned.  The sweetness of the onions goes well with tomatoes.  Cheese ravioli is a perfect base for the sauce.

Here’s what you’ll need.  [Read more…]

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Creamy Potato Soup

Potato soup is one of my favorite meals.  I have 3 different versions already (Ham and Potato Chowder, Baked Potato Soup and my humble Potato Soup).

This Creamy Potato Soup is a souped up version of the humble potato soup.  (Yes, I just used the word soup 3 times in the same sentence.)

It’s creamy (hence, the name), comforting and warm.  And it uses common ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

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Angel Hair with Red Onion and Black Olives

angel hair with red onion and black olives done

This dish is full of flavor – garlic, red onion, black olives, basil, parsley and Parmesan all in white wine sauce.  It pairs up beautifully with grilled chicken, although the chicken didn’t make it into the photo.

Best of all, it is quick to fix.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Black Bean and Rice Freezer Burritos

freezer burritos done

These have been the handiest things to have stashed away in the freezer.  We’ve eaten them for a quick lunch or when someone needs to have dinner at an odd time.  The heat up in the microwave and taste great.

I read about the idea on the SC Johnson website in a post written by Sandy of The Reluctant Entertainer.  She shared her method for freezer burritos, but didn’t share a recipe.  I took her idea and decided to create a black bean and rice filling.  In just a little time I had 20 delicious burritos in the freezer.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Scrambled Eggs and Peppers

scrambled eggs and peppers done

This is more of a method than a recipe.  We ate it for dinner, but if you like a big breakfast, this would be great in the morning.

I used red and yellow bell peppers, onions and Italian blend cheese.  It paired up perfectly with biscuits.

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Ravioli with Red Onion, White Wine, and Asiago

ravioli with red onion, white wine and asiago done

This tasted like something from a good restaurant.  It can be made in the time it takes to boil water and cook the ravioli.

I found the Asiago cheese in the cheese case near the deli.  It was the same price as Parmesan, which can be substituted if you can’t find it.  The label states that Asiago has a “mild and nutty” flavor.

Oh, I’m detecting nuttiness.

Name that movie.

I’m pretty sure Remy and Gusteau would approve of this dish.

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Refried Bean Quesadillas – 5 Minute Meal

refried bean quesadillas done

I made these one day when I had a gaggle of giggling girls here for lunch.  There were a few boys present too.

Thankfully, these were a hit with all of them and they only took 5 minutes to fix.  I’m thinking these may come to the rescue one of those nights when we’re running out to a soccer game this fall.

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