Healthy (er) Eating

Wondering what to Make with Barilla Red Lentil Pasta?

Have you seen the new gluten-free, vegan pasta from Barilla? It pairs perfectly with my creamy chipotle sauce with tofu! Barilla Red Lentil Pasta I should let everyone know up front that I don’t have a wheat sensitivity, nor do I suffer from celiac disease. I do have friends who do, though, so I’m always on the lookout for things that we can eat together. Especially tasty things. Companies have come a long way in the past decade in developing…

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Make This Easy Instant Pot Cuban Black Beans and Rice Recipe

Some call it ‘congri rice’ others call it ‘moros y cristianos.’ Whatever the case, this easy Instant Pot recipe for Cuban black beans and rice tastes great! Cuban Black Beans and Rice Recipe Pedro lived in Cuba until shortly after his third birthday. His dad had to work for two years in Castro’s sugarcane fields in order to acquire visas for the family’s exit. From there they went to Spain, and then on to Jamaica, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and…

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Try this Easy Vegetarian Casserole: Quinoa Black Bean Casserole

This easy vegetarian casserole takes almost no time to prepare. If you make the big batch of quinoa black bean casserole, you’ll have enough to freeze for later. Quinoa Black Bean Casserole “Why don’t you make that lime black bean casserole thing anymore?” my husband asked me. I searched through my internal card file and vaguely remembered an easy vegetarian casserole I made years ago, before we quit eating white rice. His question got me thinking about flavors and substitutions…

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How to Make a Haystack (the Kind YOU Eat)

This post will teach you how to make a haystack (the kind YOU eat, not your livestock). This easy haystack recipe should NOT be confused with a taco salad. How to Make a Haystack I write this post tongue-in-cheek. Mostly. Haystacks were a staple in our home growing up. So by the time I entered the work force and had my first conversation about haystacks, my preferences had set in cement. “What will you serve for bunco next Thursday night?”…

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Make Perfect Instant Pot Black Beans

You CAN make perfect instant pot black beans! Instant Pot Black Beans I confess that I had no idea that black beans existed until I met my future husband. I’d grown up eating pinto beans and kidney beans. The first time he invited me over to eat, his mom prepared Cuban black beans. Since then, I’ve learned to make them, too. Traditional Cuban black beans have green bell peppers in them, though. I use jalapeños instead because green bell peppers…

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Make These Amazing Garbanzo Bean Burgers Today!

The cool thing about these garbanzo bean burgers is that you don’t have to mash cooked garbanzo beans! Garbanzo Bean Burgers First of all, let me say that I NEVER use canned garbanzos. They just don’t taste the same as the ones you cook at home. If you don’t eat a gluten-free diet, you may not have heard of chickpea flour, also known as garbanzo bean flour. I hadn’t heard of it either, until I started cooking Indian cuisine. If…

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Make This Super-Easy Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Soup!

Whether you use an Instant Pot, a slow cooker, or a saucepan on the stove, this sweet potato and red lentil soup is super easy to make! Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Soup Recipe I didn’t realize that lentils came in color and flavors other than basic brown-green until a few years ago when I grabbed a bag of lentil at my favorite bulk food store and forgot to read the label. Instead of buying 20 pounds of regular lentils,…

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Instant Pot Chana Masala You Can Make in a Hurry

Try this Instant Pot Chana Masala, a great way to prepare garbanzos and serve up a tasty meal in no time at all! Instant Pot Chana Masala I needed something quick and easy for dinner last night, so I thought I’d try making one of my favorite garbanzo dishes in my Instant Pot. Although you can cook pulses from their dry state in the Instant Pot with some success, I find it easy to just use the quick-soak method. When…

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Instant Pot Mung Bean Curry with Coconut Milk

Ever wondered what to do with mung beans? Me, too! We love Indian food, so when my daughter’s local Sam’s Club had mung beans on sale, so I bought some and created this recipe. You don’t have to have an Instant Pot to make this mung bean curry with coconut milk, but it sure makes it simple! Instant Pot Mung Bean Curry with Coconut Milk Last summer I tried cooking with mung beans for the first time. Our daughter and…

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Meatless Meatloaf Made with Heart-Healthy Nuts and Lentils

This meatless meatloaf doesn’t taste like meatloaf. I won’t even make that claim. But it does taste good, and it’s full of heart-healthy nuts and lentils. Meatless Meatloaf? I know, it sounds like another oxymoron. I grew up eating a version of this tasty casserole that we just called ‘lentil loaf.’ So that’s what I’ll keep calling it. Science has shown that eating a half a cup of pulses a day will improve your heart health. Eating nuts will keep…

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