Rosemary-Sage Pork With White Beans

The first thing you’re gonna think when you put this on the table is, “No way that’s for only two people!” Sure, if you want to split it between three people, be my guest. But two of you can lick the plate clean for only 500 calories apiece, and a whopping 21 grams of fiber…

Best Ever Black Bean Soup for Instant Pot

So, you don’t want to wait all day for Best Ever Black Bean Soup? I can’t blame you! Maybe you still need to pick up some ingredients, or just don’t like leaving the slow cooker on when you’re not home, or maybe you just like how little clean-up is needed with your Instant Pot. Fear…

Cooking Dried Black Beans

I’d say black beans are my favorite, but that wouldn’t exactly be accurate. They’re probably tied with chickpeas, but my favorite beans are really whichever ones I’m eating at the time. I include both stovetop and Instant Pot directions here. Either way, I much prefer cooking them myself to buying them canned. They’re better, both…

Apple-Barley Chickpea Curry

Colorful, delicious curry! I started developing this easy recipe several years ago. I recall making it several times, adjusting the seasonings and refining the instructions, but never being quite satisfied. It went on the back burner, so to speak, for a few years. Long enough ago that I can’t remember what put the idea in…

Refried Beans (for Birthday Nachos)

​ Regarding birthdays: “I expect chocolate for breakfast. If you don’t feel sick by mid-morning, you’re not doing it right.” — The Doctor My kids’ birthdays are coming up, which got me thinking about birthday dinners. It’s a long-standing tradition in my family that you get to choose the dinner menu on your birthday. Nearly…

Cooking Dried Chickpeas

I bought an Instant Pot® about a month ago. I’d been flirting with the idea of a pressure cooker for ages. I recently read an article that says not only are they faster than other methods, they actually can do a better job. That’s what really got me interested. Time is not an issue for me. I’m fortunate to…