Dal (Instant Pot)

Here’s my Slow Cooker Dal recipe, reworked for making it in the Instant Pot. The IP user manual stresses that the pot shouldn’t be filled more than halfway “when cooking foods that expand during cooking such as grains, beans, and dried vegetables.” Lentils don’t expand as much as dried beans do, but I decided I’d better cut the…

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…

Three-Bean Chili For A Crowd (Slow Cooker)

  Nothing beats a hot bowl of chili on a blustery winter day. Plenty of things are tied, mind you, such as Homemade Hot Cocoa, French Honey Bread, and Beef Stew. But did you ever notice that chili is just as delicious in hot weather? There’s something about spicy food that makes you feel warmer in the winter and…

Garlicky Pasta With Beans and Broccoli Rabe

​This is one of our favorite Meatless Monday dishes. So much flavor for so little effort! It’s an adaptation of a recipe I first saw on Smitten Kitchen, one of my favorite food blogs. I rarely tweak anything Deb publishes, as she’s brilliant and always spot-on. Really, all I’ve done is add the beans for…

Provençal Soupe au Pistou

A delightfully versatile soup! You can serve it with sandwiches for lunch, as the first course for a dinner party, or with a hearty bread as the star of a Meatless Monday dinner. I particularly like it with Savory Fougasse. The Homemade Vegetable Broth creates a flavorful base, far tastier than anything you can buy…

Best Ever Black Bean Soup

I’ve discovered the secret! I’ve made Black bean soup more times than I can count, and it’s always seemed like a little something was missing. Darned if it wasn’t as simple as using the wrong beans! Do you know how long ago the dried beans at your grocery store were harvested? Me neither, but I’ll…

Homemade Mac & Cheese

  This is the cheesiest, stick-to-your-ribs-iest, comfort-food mac & cheese you’ll ever make. It’s not health food, that’s for sure, but is it ever delicious! MyNetDiary gives it a D, no doubt for the high fat, which is nearly all saturated. This recipe makes a lot. You’ll serve 8 – 10 as a main dish, 12…

Black Bean Enchiladas

  Happy Meatless Monday, a day in advance! You will surely be happy eating these hearty enchiladas. We were almost done with dinner before my chief tester noticed there was no meat. They’re that good. They go great with Sweet & Spicy Pickled Peppers if you actually have any left.  So many meatless recipes end up not being…