Vegetarian Bean Party

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The last bean recipe that I posted, “Black Bean Mishmash“, can be found here. Today’s recipe is entitled Vegetarian Bean Party Bowl. Before we get to the recipe, I would like to take you on my reading adventure.

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Vegetarian Bean Party Bowl

. Today’s recipe is entitled Vegetarian Bean Party Bowl. Before we get to the recipe, I would like to take you on my reading adventure.

I have been reading “How People Grow” by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. I was excited because I found this book at Goodwill a few months ago, and I just started reading it a couple of weeks ago. It is one of those self-help books where once you get into it, it becomes very hard to put it down.

Like all self-help books, there are some concepts mentioned that we realize we are currently implementing that are fine. There are others that need fine-tuning. We have some that need some serious help; then there are some that we have known and implement, but the examples given makes things come more to life than they have ever been.

For me, it was the real-life examples of the effects of how the “Body of Christ” works. What I have noticed myself is that in order to reap the benefits of this “Body/community”, trust is of utmost importance, and then real vulnerability is easier to follow. When one person opens the door to honesty, then for sure others will follow.

Here is the Vegetarian Bean Party Bowl:

Activity: Making Vegetarian Bean Party Bowl

Total Prepping and Cooking Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 can of vegetarian beans

1 small can of tomato paste

1/2 cup of arugula

1/4 cup of nutritional yeast

2 tablespoons of curry powder, onion powder, cumin, turmeric, and chili powder

1/3 cup of quinoa

1/2 cup of brown rice

1/4 cup of vegetable broth

Directions:

Bowl the ice and quinoa in two separate pots for 20 minutes.

While the grains are cooking, heat up beans in vegetable broth in a skillet for twenty minutes.

Add all ingredients to the skillet, stirring occasionally for another 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Black Bean Mishmash

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With the way that the weather has been within the last few days, it makes one want to snuggle up with a throw and a book, or perhaps a movie, and just relax. Before we get into the black bean recipe, I would like to share a little bit of my reading adventure from the last few months.

I have been reading so many different books within the last few weeks that it’s a wonder that I can keep up with what’s going on in each book.

One book that I am currently reading is entitled, “The Sharper the Knife, The Less You Cry”. Because of taking four years of french in high school, and enjoying every minute of it, I decided to purchase this book at a rummage sale a few months ago. The main character, Kathleen, decides to leave the corporate world, move to Paris, and attend Le Cordon Bleu to pursue her dreams.

There are several different adventures that she has along the way. Some of which involve the relationships between her and her colleagues, her and her boyfriend, and her and her instructors whom she grows to love. This book is filled with French recipes and tons of laughter. Kathleen quickly finds out that life and recipes have a lot in common. As Christians, we are all too familiar with that as well.

Life Analysis

When it comes to recipes, we can have all the ingredients, make the dish exactly as described, and then everything comes out perfect. And such is the Christian life. But then, there are other times that we follow the recipe to a tee, and it turns out a disaster. Perhaps the oil got too brown, we overcooked the rice, or we ended up with meat that was too dry.


God is driving the bus. And we often forget that. Life isn’t a recipe or a secret formula. And although we think we have it all under control, things may fall apart just like the recipe that we knew we followed the directions to a tee. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us: 
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV)

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Here is the the recipe:

Activity: Making Black Bean Mishmash

Total Prepping and Cooking Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 onion

1/4 cup of nutritional yeast

1 can of mixed vegetables

2 cans of organic black beans

1 box of Quinoa w/brown rice & Rosemary

1/4 cup of oil

onion powder -2 tablespoons

garlic powder -2 tablespoons

cumin -2 tablespoons

Directions:

Boil the box of quinoa w/brown rice mixture.

While the quinoa mix is boiling, do the following:

  • Cut up and saute the onion in a skillet.
  • Boil the mixed vegetables.
  • Heat up the organic black beans.
  • Dump all the cooked ingredients into the skillet with the onion, adding the seasonings and nutritional yeast as well.
  • Enjoy!

Here are other bean recipes in case you’re interested:

Simple Beans and Zucchini Soup

Everything Chili

God bless!

Katina


God is driving the bus. And we often forget that. Life isn’t a recipe or a secret formula. And although we think we have it all under control, things may fall apart just like the recipe that we knew we followed the directions to a tee. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV)


Simple Spaghetti Casserole

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This morning was the Christmas party celebration for my Moms’ Ministry small group.  We had a ton of food and a ton of fun.  This year has definitely been an eye opener from God to me, in realizing that yes, gifts are nice.  They are wonderful.  However, the best gifts in life do not come wrapped with a pretty bow.  Because of God’s love toward us, we are indeed able to share this gift of love. 

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There is something about friendship, fellowship, food, and laughs that makes you appreciate all the wonderful blessings that life has to offer.  I think the craziest part of the morning was when we played charades, which featured words that centered around winter and Christmas time.  The highlights of this game was when I tried acting out Christmas stockings, and did a goofy swirl with my body.  Then, we had the other team recreating the nativity scene.  What fun!

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Last night, it dawned on me that I had signed up to bring cookies and a cold pasta dish to this celebration.  What I decided to do was to make spaghetti to eat, and then this morning, my wheels started turning, and that spaghetti transformed into my “Simple Spaghetti Casserole”.  You can find the last simple recipe that I made here.  I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.

God bless!

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Activity:  Making Simple Spaghetti Casserole

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Total Prepping and Cooking Time: 1 1/2 hours

 Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of French cut green beans
  • 2 tablespoons of vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 box of spaghetti
  • 1 can of pasta sauce
  • 5 tablespoons of parsley
  • 1/2 cup of vegan or non-vegan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic powder

Directions:

  • Boil one box of spaghetti in five cups of water.
  • Pour the olive oil into the water so that the spaghetti won’t stick.
  • Saute the corn and french green beans with butter and chili powder.
  • Rinse the spaghetti when done, then add the pasta sauce, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add all of the rest of the seasonings except for the cheese and parsley.
  • Cook for 10 ten minutes, and then dump into a large casserole pan, at 425 degrees for 25 minutes, completely covering with the shredded cheese and the parsley on top.
  • Enjoy!

 

Everything Chili

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Simple Everything Chili: 

Since Christmas time is approaching, churches, organizations, and families everywhere are squeezing in the last of the shopping, get-togethers, and worship preparations.  On Friday night, I had the pleasure of attending the “Women’s Christmas Gathering” at another church.  One of my favorite things to do during this season is to sing Christian Christmas carols to help me in reigning in my heart, mind, and soul into the reason for this season:  reflecting on that precious baby who was brought into the world to bring hope in a weary land.

My second favorite thing to do is to watch Christmas movies on Lifetime, Hallmark, and Netflix.  Because of the fact that my free time is mainly in the evenings, and it is usually when I am tired that I’m trying to watch these movies, I end up falling asleep about a third of the way.  And of course, on the following day, I am trying to figure out where I left off.  Even so, for some odd reason, just having these movies playing, as I am sitting on the couch with a throw in my comfy corner of the couch is enough for me.

The last recipe that I featured was “Simple Beans and Zucchini Soup.  You can find that recipe here.  Today, I have included a recipe for chili that I made a few days ago.  It’s called “Simple Everything Chili”.  Why the name?  I literally dumped everything in it to make it work.  Send me a line letting me know if you decide to make it.

Activity:  Making “Simple Everything Chili”

Total Prepping and Cooking Time:  2 1/2 hours

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons of cumin
  • 4 tablespoons of turmeric
  • 4 tablespoons of onion powder
  • 5 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons of garlic powder
  • 5 tablespoons of parsley
  • 2 cans of vegetable soup
  • 2 cups of pinto beans
  • 1 cup of lentils
  • 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth

 Directions:  

  • Dump the pinto beans into a pot of water, boiling them for 1 1/2 hours.
  • Add the lentils to the pot, boiling it for an additional 40 minutes.
  • Add all the rest of the ingredients plus 2 cans of water, boiling for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Throw sour cream and cheese on top for fun!

Enjoy!

God bless, 

Katina

Simple Spaghetti

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Background Story on Simple Spaghetti

I have been reading Brene Brown’s new book, Dare to Lead for a couple of weeks now.  If I was just reading that one book, I would be done by now.  However, I am reading about six books at the same time.  What I love is that the Holy Spirit has intertwined several themes across the board with all of these books:  vulnerability, shame, joy, gratitude, dealing with the unexpected, hustling for self-worth, and filling our thirst.

There are several things that stuck out with me so far in this book.  I would like to quote three of them:

Quote #1

“Embodying and practicing gratitude changes everything.  It is not a personal construct, it’s a human construct-a unifying part of our existence-and it’s the antidote to foreboding joy, plain and simple.  It’s allowing yourself the pleasure of accomplishment, or love, or joy-of really feeling it, of basking in it-by conjuring up gratitude for the moment and for the opportunity”. (Dare to Lead, Brene Brown, pg. 83)

This reminds of last night.  I got together with a group of friends.  I allowed myself to not dismiss the reality that my life has been filled with lots of drama and trauma within the last six months.  However, my heart was full.  It was so, so full.  I thanked God for my friends, the food, the fellowship, time to decompress, and the laughs from the movie.  I thanked him for all his goodness in spite of what my real life problems were.

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Quote #2

“Something as simple as starting or ending meetings with a gratitude check, when everyone shares one thing they’re grateful for, can build trust and connection, serve as container-building, and give your group permission to lean into joy.” (Dare to Lead, Brene Brown, pg. 83)

The second quote was a Holy Spirit moment because just a week ago, I had an accident.  I allowed myself to sink in anger about all the inconveniences, but then quickly gave myself a gratitude check.  That post can be found here.  The funny thing about it is that I titled the post “Gratitude Check” prior to reading page 83 of Dare to Lead.  God knows how to bring all things together.

Quote #3

The last quote is from page 97, which was another Holy Spirit moment.  It reminded me of my IT job from years ago, where I sought to prove that I could sit at the table with others who made a certain salary, instead of being discriminated against.  I didn’t realize that the only table that I needed to have recognition at is the table of Christ.  The “Heavenly Places” blog post can be found here.

“When people don’t understand where they’re strong and where they deliver value for the organization or even for a single effort, they hustle.  The kind that’s hard to be around because we are jumping in everywhere, including where we’re not strong or not needed, to prove that we deserve a seat at the table.” (Dare to Lead, by Brene Brown, page 97)

A few days ago, I decided to try my hands at a simple spaghetti recipe.  There were very few ingredients.  It turned out pretty good.  The only problem was that I put too many red pepper flakes.  I would take a bite to eat, then feel flames at the back of my throat.  This cycle repeated itself until the bowl was empty.  Enjoy!

Here is the recipe:

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Activity:  Making Simple Spaghetti

Total cooking and Prepping Time: 40 minutes

Servings: about 12

Ingredients:  

  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons of onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons of basil
  • 1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1 box of spaghetti
  • 1 jar of pasta sauce
  • 1 small can of tomato soup (low-sodium)
  • basil or spinach leaves (for garnish and eating)

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Directions: 

  • Boil six cups of water with olive oil or butter so that the spaghetti won’t stick.
  • Add the spaghetti to the boiling water.
  • Drain the spaghetti.
  • Dump the pasta sauce and tomato soup into the pot.
  • Add one can of water to the pot.
  • Dump all the seasonings into the pot.
  • Serve in bowls or on plates.
  • Garnish with basil or spinach leaves.
  • Enjoy!

 

God bless,

Katina

Vegan Sunflower and Chia Seed Pancakes

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For the last five mornings, I have been making pancakes for breakfast.  On the first two mornings, I used bananas as a filling.  My mom and niece took the train out here to spend some time with us, and I ended up using the last of the bananas on Saturday morning when I decided to make us pancakes for brunch after my Writer’s Group.

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On yesterday morning, I used chia seeds, and then today, I used a combination of chia seeds and sunflower seeds.  Believe it or not, it was filling.  I got full after eating the second thick pancake.  Another new thing that I tried was using honey instead of syrup for a topping, along with vegan butter.  They were delicious!!

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Ingredients

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  • 2 cups of Bob’s Red Mill Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil or vegan butter for the mix (2 for bowl mixture) (2 for skillet)
  • 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 2 cups of Almond or Soy milk
  • Jar of honey or syrup
  • vegan butter for the topping

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Directions

  • Dump the pancake mix into a bowl.
  • Toss the seeds, 2 tablespoons of olive oil/butter, the milk and 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal.
  • Mix all the ingredients with a whisk, wooden spoon, or whatever you have.
  • Heat up 2 tablespoons of oil or vegan butter in a skillet or pan.
  • Use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to pour the scoops of batter into the skillet, turning the pancakes over once you see the holes coming through.
  • Drizzle honey or syrup and butter on top.
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Send me a line letting me know if you try it.  You definitely won’t be disappointed!

2 Corinthians 4:7-18

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

Have a blessed night!

 

Katina

Black Beans & Mixed Greens

Background Story on  the Beans

I am sure that you’ve caught on to the fact that there are a lot of beans, legumes, and rice going on here in this house.  One thing about those three items is that they are quick, inexpensive, and tasty when just the right spices are added.  It is so easy to add any vegetable to beans and rice and call it  a day.

After making sure that you have some type of added fat, such as olive oil, avocado, or butter, you have everything that you need for a healthy dinner on a tight budget.  Last week, I featured a recipe using garbanzo beans here.

 

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Black Beans & Mixed Greens

Life Application

On yesterday, I went to my mom’s group.  We are currently studying the book Pierced and Embraced by Kelli Worrall.  After the holidays, we’ll be diving into the study on the book of James by Beth Moore.  The chapter of discussion yesterday was:  Sought Out and Satisfied:  The Woman at the Well.

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This chapter led to a pretty good discussion, as we dived right into talking about all the labels that we give ourselves as individuals, along with the lies that Satan feeds us in regards to these labels.  Jesus made a special trip to meet this woman whose mind was set to fulfill a fleshly need: thirst.  Little did she know that she would receive the everlasting water of life:  Jesus himself.

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I hope that you guys have a blessed night!

 

Here is the recipe:

Activity:  Making Black Beans & Mixed Greens with Rice

Total Prepping and Cooking Time: 35 minutes

 

Ingredients:

Cumin

Turmeric

Italian Seasoning

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

1/2 cup of nutritional yeast

1 1/2 cups of rice

1 can of mixed greens

2 cans of black beans

1/4 olive oil

 

Directions:

  1. Boil the rice.
  2. While the rice is boiling, saute the mixed greens in olive oil, and heat up the beans.
  3. Dump everything into one skillet once the rice is ready, and mix and stir.
  4. Enjoy!

Garbanzo Beans with Peppers & Rice

Background Story on the Recipe

A couple of nights ago, I decided to make a late night concoction of garbanzo beans with peppers and rice.  It didn’t take too long, and it was surprisingly good.  That was the bonus.  Thursday was a pretty busy day, and so at a certain point, I realized that I had to give myself grace, and get some of the things done that I didn’t get done that day on Friday.  Worst case scenario: have a small layover on the weekend.  I knew God’s grace would be enough to handle what I needed for the day.  I just had to remind myself of that several times.

Watching a good movie on Pureflix after cooking this meal sounded like a great idea.  However, I guess I was more tired than I thought.  The next thing that I knew, I was waking up to the ending credits, and some good Christian music going.  I will replay the movie tonight, as well as the movie that I fell asleep on last night: “The Shunning”, by Beverly Lewis.  Guess what? I probably have a list of about 30 or more movies and television shows that I have on my “To Watch” List on my phone.  This is just from Pure Flix alone.

Here is the recipe:

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Garbanzo Beans with Rice & Yellow Peppers

Activity:  Making Garbanzo Beans with Peppers & Rice

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Total Prepping and Cooling Time: 35 minutes

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 cups of rice
  • Mixed Greens with garlic, Onion, and Sea Salt
  • 2 cans of Garbanzo Beans
  • 1/2 cup of Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 tablespoons of turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin
  • garlic powder
  • two yellow peppers

Directions:

Cook the rice in two cups of water.

While the rice is cooking,

  • cut up and saute the yellow peppers.
  • saute the mixed greens.
  • boil the beans.

When the rice is done, dump it into the mixed greens, along with the yellow peppers and all of the rest of the ingredients, adding about a cup of water to the mix.

It’s amazing how much flavor the nutritional yeast gives this recipe.

Enjoy!

 

Katina

 

 

Vegan Black Beans with Quinoa & Zucchini Mix

Background Story

This past weekend was one of a lot of relaxation, mixed in with an onset of allergies that came crashing my way.  When my allergies get this bad, the best thing for me to do is to try to relax as much as possible, although this was my plan for the weekend anyway.  While relaxing, I got caught up on the episodes of Baked in Vermont and Focus on the Family that were sitting in the DVR box.  I am not a super sweets person.  However, by the time that you finish watching this show, you’ll be wanting to bake with whatever ingredients that you can get your hands on.

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On Sunday, I stopped at the grocery store after church to get the ingredients for this super quick vegan meal.  I love the challenge of making healthy meals involving all different kinds of beans and legumes.  One thing about this meal is that it only requires a few ingredients.  I made the same recipe a couple of weeks ago.  However, I used black-eyed peas instead of black beans.  Both meals were good and filling.  The black bean version kept me full longer.  If you decide to give it a try, send a comment down below, or an email with your thoughts on how it turned out.

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Here is the recipe:

Activity:  Making Vegan Black Beans with Quinoa & Zucchini Mix

Total Prepping and Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 teaspoons of onion powder
  • 3 zucchinis
  • 3 cans of organic black beans
  • 1 box of Earthly Grains Quinoa/Brown Rice Blend with Rosemary and Olive Oil (from Aldi’s)
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil or butter
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Directions:

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  • Place the three cans of black beans and the brown rice with rosemary packet into a pan of two cups of water. (I only used a fourth of the packet to cut down on sodium).
  • Add the onion powder.
  • Cut the zucchini into strips with a potato peeler.
  • Saute the zucchini strips.
  • Dump the zucchini into the pan after about 18 minutes, letting the mixture cook for another 12 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

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“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35, NIV

Have a blessed night!

 

Katina

Mexican Crumble Chili

Background to the Chili Story

Last week, I went on an adventure of trying to figure out what meals to make with the ingredients that were left.  You know that it’s time to go grocery shopping soon when you start getting really creative.  Either that, you’re feeling adventurous, or you’re bored.  One of the three.  What I ended up doing was making my own version of chili.  It turned out pretty good.  Last night, I decided to make it again since I had leftover ingredients.  My son actually gave me a thumbs up.  If he doesn’t like how something tastes, trust me, he isn’t scared to speak his mind in that area.

Racing to Get Out

It’s funny because I heated up a bowl of chili.  Then, I decided that I would take a walk for some fresh air, and also drop three books off at the Train Station library while I was at it.  Right before leaving out, I went upstairs to grab something.  That’s when my son asked, “What are you eating down there?”  And to which I replied, “A chili concoction that I made.  Do you want some? Of course, the answer was yes.  I had to quick heat him up some because it was starting to get dark outside, and then rush to take a quick fifteen minute walk and head on.  If you are feeling adventurous, how about giving it a try.  Drop a line below to let me know how yours turned out.  Here is the simple recipe:

Activity:  Making Mexican Crumble Chili

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Total Prepping and Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons of garlic powder

2 teaspoons of onion powder

2 teaspoons of turmeric

2 teaspoons of cumin

2 teaspoons of italian seasoning

3 teaspoons of chili powder

2 teaspoons parsley

1 cup of tomato juice

1 pack of Lightlife Vegan Mexican SmartGround Crumble

3 cans of black-eyed peas

3 cups of vegetable broth (for vegan) or chicken broth (non-vegan)

1 cup of water

1 cup of cheese

Directions:

Dump all of the above ingredients into a pot and heat up for 30 minutes.

Garnish with cheese on top.

Optional to crunch in crackers while you’re at it.

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Mexican Crumble Chili

 

Have a blessed night!

Katina