Monday, February 10, 2014

18 inches of snow & warm up a comin

We have a good 18 inches of snow but there is a warm from headed in this week so it won't last long.

DH is home ill today.  He said there are lots of folks coming into work at the city sick.  Helps to spread things around :(.

Me I just plain feel tired out.  Been that way for a few days.  But nothing unusual with me.

Our mid 20's youngest daughter had a ear infection and ended up with Bells' palsy on the left side of her face; she is much better this week.  Which she is very grateful for.

I ran across a fugal idea for beans on the net. 

Interesting Fugal ideas for beans.

Make extra to freezer or turn into things like re-fried beans for burritos and such. But it doesn’t stop there. Even with the re-purposing and freezing anything that’s enough for another family meal, one can end up with little bowls of leftover beans.

More interesting ways to use up those cooked beans. Hope you find some ideas you can use to stretch your meals and get more healthy legumes into your diet.

  • Sprinkle some cooked beans on your salad. Black beans and Garbanzo beans are a favorite around here, but any type of beans will work.
  • Use them in spaghetti sauce instead of meat. You end up with a frugal and healthy meal that’ll fill you up.
  • Grind up various leftover beans and turn them into a dip. Season with spices, garlic etc. to taste. We love this for dipping tortilla chips, carrots and even as a spread for burgers and sandwiches.
  • Grind up cooked beans and mix them in with ground beef to stretch it in burgers, meat loaf etc.
  • Throw some cooked beans and pot liquor (the cooking liquid from the beans) into a blender. Refrigerate the mixture and use it to thicken soups and stews while adding more nutrients.
  • Throw the leftover cooked beans into your next pot of soup or combine them with various other leftovers hanging out in the fridge to make a casserole.
  • Stir some black, pinto or kidney beans into your next batch of homemade salsa for added flavor and crunch.
  • Mix your leftover beans with some cooked rice. Season with a bit of cumin and you have a delicious side dish.
  • Replace half the oil in your favorite cake or brownie recipe with mashed up beans.
  • Throw some beans into your next smoothie for added thickness, texture and nutrition. If you have seasoned beans, rinse off any liquid they were cooked in to remove as much salt and seasonings as possible before using them in your smoothie.

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