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This was a tasty and super easy vegetarian meal. It’s one of those stews that is even better the second day!  This recipe was adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone by Deborah Madison.

olive oil

1 onion, diced

3 gloves of garlic, minced

2 pinches of red pepper flakes (more if you like it spicy)

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1 can diced tomatoes (or about 1 cup or so peeled and diced fresh tomatoes)

3 cups cooked chickpeas

2 bunches of spinach, tough stems removed

In a wide saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, paprika, rosemary, and half the parsley.  Saute for 5-8 minutes, lowering the temperature to about medium heat.  Add the tomatoes and chickpeas and season with sea salt and ground black pepper, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the lid and place all the spinach on top, put the lid back on and let the spinach steam for 3-5 minutes until wilted.  Easy!

I served this dish over brown rice.

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It is summer here in North Carolina. To me, that means that the local farmer’s markets are packed with yummy produce! Going to the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings is one of my most favorite things to do. It’s like a candy store and toy store all in one. Plus, I’m surrounded with lots of other people who are just as excited about eating all that beautiful stuff. During the summer I have tomatoes pretty much every day. How can you resist such a tasty and beautiful fruit as the heirloom tomato? One other item I eat on a regular basis during the summer are purple hull beans. I typically cook them with a few strips of bacon, onion, garlic and whatever else I might have around.

2 slices of bacon

1 onion

2 cloves garlic

2-3 carrots

1 bell pepper

1 pound shelled purple hull beans

In a medium size pot, over medium heat, saute the bacon until it starts to brown. Add the onion, and garlic and saute a few more minutes. Add the carrots, bell pepper and beans. Add enough water to cover by about an inch. Bring to a boil then cover and lower the heat. Simmer for about 30 minutes.  Season with sea salt and black pepper.

I served this with some local corn and of course some heirloom tomatoes mixed with some basil, goat cheese, and balsamic vinegar.

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This is one of my favorites for a quick dinner. It is simple and really yummy! This recipe is adapted from Vegetarian Suppers by Deborah Madison (one of my favorite cookbooks!).

olive oil

1 onion, diced

1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes

2 cups cooked chickpeas

1 bunch flat leaf parsley

3 cloves of garlic

small handful of sage leaves

salt and pepper

3/4 pound whole wheat pasta (i like using chiocciole- it’s like giant macaroni)

Cook the pasta in a large pot. While the pasta is cooking heat the olive oil in a big skillet and add the onion and pepper flakes.  Cook for a few minutes, then add the chickpeas.  After a few minutes, add the parsley, garlic and sage (leave some for garnish).  Season well with sea salt and pepper.  Cook for a few minutes, adding some broth or chick pea water if needed.

When the pasta is done, drain well and toss with the chickpea mixture, adding a little extra olive oil.  Yum!

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This is an easy and quick meal, that’s also cheap and healthy. Does it get much better than that. Oh, did I mention it’s yummy! The only recipe really needed is the salsa recipe. I’m going to share my famous Kelly’s Salsa recipe. I’ve been making this simple salsa recipe for many years, with many different variations. Here is the basic recipe:

1 can Fire Roasted diced tomatoes (or 1 1/2 c fresh diced tomato)

1 chopped onion

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 large clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup bell pepper, minced (red or green or both)

1/2 tsp cumin

1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

2 tsp soy sauce/tamari

1 jalapeno, seeded and finely minced

Just mix it all together. yum. You can also add some fresh corn for a bit of sweetness.

I served the black bean tacos with some roasted cauliflower, and topped them with Kelly’s salsa and some plain greek yogurt.


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Last weekend at the Durham Farmer’s Market I was introduced to Fickle Creek Farm’s famous smoked boneless pork chops. I had to try them. I decided to toss one into the slow cooker with some beans and veggies. Yum! Of course I served this with some local garlicky greens (a mix of chard and kale) as well and a few slices of some local bread from the farmers market topped with Celebrity Dairy Goat Cheese.  I didn’t follow a recipe, but here is what I did:

1 small smoked boneless pork chop (about 3-4 ounces)

1-2 cups dried beans (I used pinto and kidney)

2 carrots, sliced

1 onion, chopped

Put all this in the slow cooker and cover with water (about 2-3 inches above the top of the beans). Cook on low for 8 hours. Season with salt and pepper. Yum!

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Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: Local Grass-Fed Steak with Braised Greens, Carrots, and Roasted Potatoes

Monday: Local Pork Chops with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Garlicky Greens

Tuesday: White Beans With Garlic and Rosemary

Wednesday: Black Beans with Chipotle and Tomatoes

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Leftovers

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Another wonderful meal, thanks to The Whole Life Nutrition cookbook.  All 3 recipes came from this cookbook.  I’m always looking for new ways to cook the gluten-free grains, and I have to be honest, millet isn’t exactly my favorite. These patties were really good though! The BBQ Navy Beans, super yummy! Spicy with a little sweetness, really good, so yes you MUST buy the cookbook, because, again, I’m not putting the recipe here. I have made the cabbage salad before.

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