These are our beans soaking for tomorrow night's dinner. I don't have pictures, but I thought I could share a couple bean recipes, in case you have some bags of beans in your cupboard that you aren't sure what to do with.
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup chopped shallots (I'll just use garlic and onions usually)
1 pound of boneless chicken breast, cut in 1/4-1 1/2 inch strips
1/2 cup flour, seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp. dried rosemary leaves
1 tsp. dried tarragon leaves
1 1/2 cups sliced carrots
3 cups chicken stock or chicken broth
3 cups cooked black-eyed peas
1/2 cup water
2 tsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. lemon juice
salt, to taste
1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and onions or shallots, cook, stirring until tender. Meanwhile dredge the chicken in flour and shake off excess.
2. Add chicken and herbs to oil and cook, stirring until chicken is golden. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
3. Add carrots to skillet and cook for 1 minute. Stir in stock and peas. Stir together water and cornstarch and lemon juice and add it to the stock. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.
4. Return chicken to pan to heat through, and season with salt and pepper.
I like to serve this with cornbread. It's delicious, filling and nutritious. That is what we are having for dinner tomorrow night! YUM!
Here's my favorite bean cook book. This book has tons of recipes and techniques for cooking beans. We've liked everything we've tried out of here.
I always make this in the crock pot:
left over turkey or chicken
2 cups of dried beans (doesn't matter what kind-mix them up!)
Add water until beans are well covered. Add 3 bay leaves and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook on high, stirring occasionally until is soft and delicious. If it's getting close to serving time and you think it's too soupy, add the brown rice right into the crock pot.
I also like to add onions and garlic to this and if I have chicken broth, I'll use that instead of plain water.
I like to serve this with brown rice on a tortilla-with cheese and sour cream. Wrap it up burrito style and serve! I've made this several times for company because it's delicious and cheap and easy to make. Just don't forget to take the bay leaf out before you serve it!
Hope I've inspired you to use those beans you have sitting in your cupboard!