Recipe: Spicy Mexican Red Bean Soup

When it comes to satisfying soups, if there are beans involved, the soup rises to the top of my list.

Red Bean Soup

But the truth is, a creamy bean soup can be boring if you don’t step things up a notch – classic Mexican flavors take care of that ho-hum problem.

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Meatless Monday Black Beans and Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Peach Salsa

Have you heard of Meatless Mondays?

Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers with Peach Salsa

Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Peach Salsa

Meatless Monday has been around since approximately 2003, and was started as a way to improve your health by abstaining from meat for a day. The idea was to help reduce your risk of cancer, heart problems and obesity, at the same time you would also be supporting our environment by reducing your carbon footprint.

Sounds like a good thing to me and these veggie burgers fit this theme perfectly.

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Kicked Up Mexican Black Beans and Rice

Yahoo! It’s officially summer! The kids are out of school, and for the most part, the sun is shining in Seattle.

My kids have flown the coop, but I work for our local school district in their IT department, so when the teachers and kids head off for summer break, life in IT is far less chaotic.

Thus my joy for the start of summer break.

Black Beans and Rice

Black Beans and Rice

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Crispy Bacon and Lentil Stew with Fresh Carrot Tops

You know I can hear you, right?

You’re wondering what would possess me to make lentil stew, when it’s springtime and people are looking for salads and grilling recipes.

Bacon and Lentil Stew

Let me just say that as far as I’m concerned, anytime of the year is perfect for a stew recipe, especially when the main ingredients are lentils and bacon.

Who doesn’t like bacon!

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Spicy Three Bean Dip with Chips

When I need a go-to recipe, I count on friends to come through.

Family tested recipes are all well and good, but why not mix it up and serve up something new?

Carol's Three Bean Dip

Carol’s Three Bean Dip

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Chickpea Curry (Chhole)

Guest posts give me the opportunity to experience the kitchen through another cook’s eyes. More often than not, these wonderful cooks prompt me to try foods I might not otherwise have put on the menu.

That was the case with this Indian chickpea curry recipe from Rachna Parmar. Just a look at the ingredient list and I knew I was in for a treat. The abundance of warm spices combined with tender chickpeas is perfect for a meat free dinner, or a healthy work day lunch.

Let’s see what Rachna has to say about her Spicy Chickpea Curry . . .

Spicy Chickpea Curry

Spicy Chickpea Curry

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