Friday, March 29, 2013

Red Bean "veggie" Patties

I just HAD to share another version of the Black Bean Quinoa Patties.  My husband asks for these weekly!!!  And he's a carnivore!  This is a much healthier and low fat version of a burger.  Find out how I'm getting into Bikini Shape.

This time around I used Red Beans because I had a bunch left over from 
Red Bean Stew.  I cooked 2 small bags (24 ounces total) of dried beans so I had plenty for "burgers" tonight.

Red Bean Veggie Patties


2 cups cooked red beans
3/4 cup cooked Quinoa
3 eggs
3/4 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons minced onions
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes (cayenne)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder (optional)

Roughly mash the red beans with a fork leaving some whole red beans in a paste-like mixture. 
Mix the cooked quinoa, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, cumin, salt, hot pepper flakes, and egg into the RED beans using your hands.
Form the bean mixture into 5 or 6 patties.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet.

Cook the patties in the hot oil until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Add cheese if you would like.

Serve as patties or on a bun like a "burger."  These were so easy to make (again) that I've decided to make a triple batch and freeze for future meals. 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Red Bean Stew

I missed SO many recipe posts this past week!  I shared Dill Potatoes for Meatless on Monday #27 and then all of a sudden it was Thursday!  Do ever have weeks where you just don't know what happened.  Well, I know what happened...Spring!!!  Which means planting time and it also means a HUGE rush on heirloom seed orders.

Friday was an easy one with Fruit and Yogurt.  I'm loving these 4-Ingredient recipes!  However,  I'm taking a little extra time for prep on this one.  I'm really trying to cut out a bunch of food that we eat that may be upsetting husband's stomach.  I'm thinking he might be gluten sensitive but we'll see as we eliminate a few other things first.

I was first inspired to try this recipe from Foodie in WV but I know my husband isn't a big fan of pinto beans.  He says "A little bit goes a long way for me."  But he loves red beans (chili beans).  So I did a little switcheroo and surprise...He loved it!

Red Bean Stew
adapted from Eating Well 
Serve over Quinoa

1 pound dry red beans, soaked (see Tip)
6 cups water

1 medium onion, chopped

1 medium red bell pepper, diced

2 stalks celery, sliced

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 1/2 teaspoons salt


1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 cup sliced radishes


Drain the soaked beans. Combine the beans, water, onion, bell pepper, celery, corn, garlic, chili powder and cumin in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Cook on High for 4 hours (or on Low for 8 hours).

After the stew has cooked for 4 (or 8) hours, stir in lime juice and salt.

Cover and cook on High for 1 hour. Serve each portion of stew topped with a dumpling (I skipped the dumplings). Garnish with cilantro and radish.

Tip: Before using beans in a slow-cooker recipe, soak them to ensure even cooking. Start by sorting beans to remove any pebbles; rinse well with cold water. To soak overnight: Place beans in a large bowl, cover with 3 inches of cold water and soak at room temperature for 8 to 24 hours. To “quick soak”: Place beans in a large saucepan with enough cold water to cover them by 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour.
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

It's Vital Minerals and Omega-3

Yesterday I had an announcement from It Works! 

In addition to the It's Vital Minerals, they have added 
It's Vital Omega-3.  I'm looking forward to adding Omega-3s!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

4-Ingredients: Fruit and Yogurt Snack

Last night we were craving something sweet but not loaded with sugar and NOT high in fat.  I came up with this little treat from ordinary stuff that I always have on hand.
Fruit and Yogurt

Yogurt  *organic/fat-free/french vanilla*
Fruit, fresh or canned (1can of Mandarin Oranges)
*I used fresh strawberries last time*
Almond Slivers
coconut flakes, optional

This is so easy and you can add as much as you want!

Place your fruit in a bowl.  Top with yogurt.  Sprinkle with almond slivers, cinnamon and coconut flakes.


4-Ingredient Series (so far):
Veggie Pasta
Creamy Chicken Pasta

Thanks for stopping by.

I'm partying over at LHITS The Creative HomeAcre Hop and HERE.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

4-Ingredients: Dill Potatoes

Another 4-Ingredient creation just in time for  
Meatless on Monday #27!  These are so easy to make and they were GONE before I had a chance to take a picture.  Oh well, you'll have to use your imagination.

Homegrown Dill
Dill Potatoes

1 lb white or red potatoes, cubed

1 ½ tablespoon dill

1 small garlic clove, minced

1-2 tablespoons butter or olive oil

Salt and Pepper to Taste


Toss all ingredients together.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20, then broil for a couple of minutes until brown.

So easy!!!!

Did you see the HUGE Giveaway announcement?
Don't miss it!

4-Ingredient Series (so far):
Veggie Pasta
Creamy Chicken Pasta
Thanks for stopping by.
I'm partying over at The Creative HomeAcre Hop and HERE.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

4-Ingredients: Peanut Butter Protein Snack

This isn't something I make all that often so it's definitely a treat.  It requires no cooking or baking with little or no dishes.  The peanut butter coupled with the right kind of bread make this a high-protein, high fiber, healthy-fat snack.  All around fantastic!!  

**I don't normally specify but most of the ingredients I use in all of our meals are organic**

PB and Honey Protein Snack

whole wheat flax bread or roll
peanut butter
Spread the peanut butter over one side of your bread or rolls.  
Drizzle with Honey.
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Try not to make a total mess when you eat your snack.


4-Ingredient Series (so far):
Veggie Pasta
Creamy Chicken Pasta 

The point of this series is to create and share simple, healthy recipes.  Sometimes if a recipe looks complicated I won't even attempt to make it.  With 4 Ingredients you just can't go wrong!

4 Ingredients: Creamy Chicken and Pasta

How did you like my first 4-Ingredient meal?  Simple? Easy?  Definitely healthy!  I'm keeping up the momentum this week.  

I feel like I have slacked off in the recipe department lately.  Not because I'm not cooking but because some of our meals are just boring.  I've already shared my Pumpkin Smoothie (YUM) and my Blueberry mango Smoothie.  Last week I made Quinoa Black Bean "burgers" again.  My husband just can't get enough!

My plan is to make our meals in advance so we save money AND time, plus it should cut down on any unhealthy "last minute" choices.  I used chicken that I had made in the slow cooker so it was nice and tender.  I save the "juice" to use in this recipe
It may not look like the much but it was yummy!

Creamy Chicken Pasta 

Chicken (4 breasts)
Pasta (1 box)
Cream of Mushroom Soup (2 cans)
Broccoli (or whatever veggie you like)
*Water: 3 cups*  If you would prefer, you can use broth instead

Optional: Chicken or Veggie broth
Optional: salt and pepper

Cook your pasta, drain and set aside.  

In a large pot, add cream of mushroom soup, water/broth and Broccoli (or any veggie).  Cook on low for 5-8 minutes to combine water/broth and soup and to lightly cook veggies.

Add in cooked pasta.  Serve hot! 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Wrap Party Weekend!

I had an AMAZING weekend!  Wrap Party Saturday.  In the garden AND a private wrap party Sunday!!!

The Ultimate Body Applicator AKA It Works! Wrap ACTUALLY works!  Some were skeptical, others were on a mission.  Our first "model" slimmed down 1 inch, our second 2 inches!!!

I promised I would not share before and after pictures so I won't.  However, I can show you sample pics of others who have tried the wraps and other products.

I learned something NEW this weekend about the It Works! Products.  You can use the Greens and the Defining Gel with just a few drops of water to make a GREENS FACIAL!

YES!  No more expensive spa treatments! Tone up the skin on your face AND detox at the same time.  Don't need a facial You can add the greens to water and drink it.  With 38 fruits, veggies and herbs it is a great additional to your day!

Check out My It Works!  You can purchase products or ask your questions!  Still not sure?  Check out MY RESULTS!
This is a HUGE motivator for me to continue eating right and exercising!

Monday, March 11, 2013

4-Ingredients (kinda): Veggie Pasta

I have scoured the WWW for simple recipes.  I decided on a 4-Ingredient series to share here.  I've been in the garden quite a bit lately so I'm preparing for harvest (quite a ways away) recipes.
**Salt, pepper and water do not count**

Why Kinda?  I added 4 types of veggies but only counted them as 1 ingredient.  This is Meatless Monday #26!  Enjoy!

Veggie Pasta (simple style)

Veggies, chopped
Pasta, cooked
Olive Oil
(depends on your taste)

To make this delicious concoction I chopped 1 of each of my veggies: bell pepper, crookneck squash, broccoli and onion.

Next I added them to a large pan with olive oil and cooked for approx 5 minutes.  I chose to use low-sodium Terriyaki sauce.  You could also use Ranch dressing after the veggies are cooked or another kind of sauce.
Excuse the steamy photo.  It's Hot!
Toss cooked veggies and sauce with cooked pasta (or quinoa if you prefer) and serve.  This meal can be served hot or cold!

Check out the Heirloom Seeds giveaway!
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