Beans and Greens

Beans and greens - simple, healthy, vegetarian one-pot meal with white beans and kale or collard greens

Beans and greens are truly one of those recipes that are way more than the sum of their parts. Start with dried white beans (Great Northern or Cannellini) for a creamy, saucy texture and add some fresh greens in at the end, cooking them just until softened but still pretty and green. The result reminds…

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Instant Pot Turkey Chili

Instant pot (or stovetop) turkey chili with chipotle en adobo and beans

About a month ago, Chris and I decided to cut out beef from our diets for no other reason, really, than that our dog’s face reminds us of a Jersey cow and it seems sad to eat something that looks like Mr. Banjo. As a result, we’ve been eating more vegetarian meals and a whole…

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Carrot Turmeric Soup

Carrot turmeric soup - add fresh turmeric rhizomes or dried turmeric to this simple carrot soup for a peppery bite, a golden color, and anti-inflammatory benefits!

(You can leave the turmeric out of carrot turmeric soup and you’d be left with regular carrot soup, just like magic!) Really the only reason I added turmeric is because I had some fresh turmeric rhizomes. You ever do that? Find something unusual at your regular store and buy it before you know what to…

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Coconut Corn Chowder

Whenever we have popcorn for a snack — which is often — Chris makes it with coconut oil. The other night I guess must have been particularly in tune with my tastebuds or something, because it finally occurred to me how nicely the sweet coconut complemented the earthy popcorn. And that got me thinking about a…

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Albóndigas Soup

Albóndigas is Spanish for meatballs and in Mexico, it’s often understood to mean “meatball soup“, so it may be redundant to call this albóndigas soup. I don’t know for sure. I just know I like it. The meatballs are made from beef, but rather than breadcrumbs or something similar, it’s mixed with raw rice that cooks as the albóndigas simmer.…

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Ground Beef Curry

ground beef curry

This ground beef curry is quick and easy — literally ready in under 20 minutes. If you’ve never thought of using ground beef in a curry, well, I hadn’t either. But necessity is the mother of invention and all I had thawed out was ground beef (bison, actually) and I was doing an experiment with…

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Simple Lentil Soup (and also the best!)

simple lentil soup recipe

I’ve said it before, bean soups are some of my favorite soups. And this simple lentil soup has quickly wormed its way into my heart and stomach and that turn of phrase is slightly inappropriate on a food blog but you know what I mean. The key is a little bit of bacon. I know!…

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Slow-Cooker Navy Bean Soup

slow cooker navy bean soup-2

I love bean soups. Soup might be my favorite way to eat beans (besides refried beans, of course). This slow-cooker navy bean soup came together because I’ve been trying to clear out my pantry and I found a half-pound of navy beans in there just lounging about. So I turned them into a vegetarian navy…

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Moqueca – Brazilian Seafood Stew

Moqueca is a dead-simple, Brazilian seafood stew characterized by coconut milk, bell peppers and dendê oil. Dendê oil is also known as red palm oil. Red palm oil is pressed from the fruit of oil palm trees and has a beautiful bright orange-red color. Its taste is somewhat meaty; its fragrance is slightly of anise; it’s…

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