12-Bean Soup Mix, and 12-Bean Soup Recipe, and 12-Bean Soup Mix for Gifts

About 4 years ago, I bought 3 to 5 pounds each of about 12 different organic beans and barley, and mixed up my own bean soup mix. We ended up with tons of it – 65 pounds in fact! I still have about 5 cups left of the mix in my kitchen. I gave lots of bean soup mixes for Christmas that year and they were well received.

Simple Beef and Quinoa Skillet Dinner

Based on my healthy skillet dishes, here’s a main dish we really enjoyed last week. Both satisfying and easy, I know most people would love it. 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef 1 medium onion or 2 small onions, diced 4 cups soaked, cooked and cooled quinoa* 2 to 3 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste […]

Mulukhiyyah (Arabic Comfrey and Lamb Stew over Rice)

recipe from “Sahtein: Middle East Cookbook” 4 cups of dried mulukhiyyah (comfrey) 2 pounds lamb meat (boneless preferred) 6 cloves of garlic 1/4 cup pine nuts 6 cups water or lamb broth salt and lemon juice to taste 1 teaspoon allspice 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoons of butter prepared, cooked brown rice Brown the […]

My Style of Flexible Meal Planning

There are times when I plan out my menu a week at a time. That is usually when we have company coming or a very busy week ahead. For regular life, I plan out the main meal components just for a few days. Notice I said “main meal components” not “menu”. This is because what […]

Flatbread Melts

Pinto Bean Melt

Pinto Bean Melt Wild Salmon Melt gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free (uses goat cheese) Four Grain Flatbreads chicken, chicken salad, wild salmon salad or pinto bean spread Shredded Goat Cheese Under the broiler of the oven or in a counter-top toaster oven, toast both sides of the flatbreads. Spread with desired topping(s) and then top with shredded […]

Seasoned Shredded Chicken for Rice Bowls


Seasoned Chicken for Rice Bowls 1 free-range, organic chicken 1 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon cumin 1/2 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast 1 cup water Cook the chicken overnight in the crockpot. Allow the chicken to cool enough to for handling; remove the meat from the bones. Put the meat […]

Seasoned Black Beans for Rice Bowls


A great way to make a double batch of this is to cook 5 cups of dry black beans in the crockpot overnight. Use a 4- to 5-quart crockpot. In the morning, you’ll have 15 cups of cooked black beans, which will make the following recipe twice. Use half the beans for the first batch […]

Yummy Chicken Salad


With the weather warming up, we sure feel like having lighter, cooler foods. This is a deliciously simple chicken salad. We like to eat it with Quinoa Dinner Cakes. Yesterday when we were out clearing brush and cleaning up our property, I brought out a bowl of this chicken salad and a bunch of the […]