A Side Dish in the Slow Cooker:  BACON – FLAVORED PINTO BEANS WITH MUSHROOMS – CARROTS – GARLIC – ONION – ROSEMARY – BAY LEAVES – BONE BROTH – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Flavorful, and variation on plain ole beans. . .

–pinto beans (1 and one-half cups before soaking, dried, soak overnight)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon, 2 tablespoons, bottled)

–mushrooms (one-quarter cup, canned, drain)

–carrots (shredded, 1 handful)

–garlic (minced, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–onion (chopped, one-quarter cup, packaged)

–rosemary (2 tablespoons, dried, bottled)

–bay leaves (3, dried, bottled)

–bone broth (chicken bone broth, fill to top of beans in the slow cooker)

–salt and pepper (to taste)

–extra virgin olive oil (3 tablespoons, bottled)

1 – After soaking the beans overnight (they will double in size), place in a slow cooker.  Add all ingredients in the order given above, and then stir well.  Cook on low heat for 5 hours, more by 30 minutes if softer beans are desired.

2 – Serve the pinto beans hot.

–recipe inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

DILLED SALMON WITH CAESAR – PARMESAN SALAD / BACON – FLAVORED TOMATO – BASIL PINTO BEANS WITH ONION

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–dill (fresh if possible)

–Parmesan cheese (shredded, packaged)

–spring mix (one-half package salad greens)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–pinto beans (dried, two-thirds cup; soak overnight)

–Bac’n pieces

–diced tomatoes (1 can, no salt)

–basil (fresh if possible)

–onion (one-half, sliced)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

 

1 – Place the soaked pinto beans in a slow cooker with the can of diced tomatoes.  Add chicken broth to the level of 1 inch above the beans and tomatoes.  Slice one-half onion, and add to the cooker.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, Bac’n pieces and olive oil.  Cook for 7 hours in the slow cooker on low (longer if necessary).  When the beans are tender, keep on the “warm” setting until time for dinner.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with a little water.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top, and then season with dill and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test to be sure that center is done.  If not, replace in microwave for 1 minute.

3 – Place the spring mix in a mixing bowl.  Season with salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese.  To taste, add Caesar dressing.  Stir well.

4 – Serve the salmon on top of the Caesar – Parmesan salad, with the beans as a side.

–salmon with salad adapted from wild Alaskan seafood web site; beans original.

PARSLEYED COD IN CLAM JUICE / LONG GRAIN & WILD RICE IN COCONUT MILK / BROCCOLI WITH CAYENNE / PINTO BEANS WITH ONION – FAUX BACON – TOMATO IN BROTH

–cod (size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–clam juice

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–long grain & wild rice (instant, boxed)

–coconut milk (1 can, lite)

–broccoli (1 bunch)

–cayenne pepper

–pinto beans (1 cup, dried; soak overnight)

–onion (one-half, medium)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon)

–tomato sauce (one-half small can)

–chicken broth (non-fat, low sodium)

 

1 – Place the beans in a slow cooker.  Add chicken broth about 2 inches over the top of the beans.  Slice the onion and add to the cooker.  Season with Bac’n pieces, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook on low for 6 hours.  Then keep on “warm” setting until time to serve dinner.

2 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and parsley.  Set aside.

3 – Empty the box of long grain and wild rice into a covered baking dish.  Important:  Do NOT use seasoning packet.  Add the entire can of lite coconut milk.  Season with 1 teaspoon of salt.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high; then microwave for 6 minutes on 50 percent power.  Watch to be sure that the rice does not overflow.

4 – Cut the broccoli florets and stems from the stalk.  Then break apart the remainder.  Place in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave for 4 minutes on high.

5 – Microwave the cod for 6 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

6 – Serve the dinner hot.

–cod, broccoli, and rice adapted from Real Simple; beans original.