Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Beans and Salads...
(Salad with chickpeas, romain, tomatoes and home made rosemary focaccia--this one is like heaven in a bowl!)

Lately, things have been a little crazy around here. I have hit a slump with cooking this week. Sometimes, I just kinda lose my inspiration. I think when I go crazy for a couple of weeks with cooking nonstop, my brain does not want to decide what to cook any more. I am tired of follow directions too (I think I know where Max gets it from!) So, I have been pressure cooking huge pots of beans and eating the heck out of some fresh produce! I have been looking through a few raw books lately (I will share soon) for a little inspiration!
(Homemade blackeyed pea burgers (reused photo because it has been so dreary here lately) with sauteed kale. I have been eating black bean burgers too...but I ate them all before I got a picture of them!)

I have talked with quite a few people lately that have stated how concerned they are that I may not be getting enough protein since I can't have soy now. I will be honest that I was a little concerned too, so I plugged in my information on mypyramid.gov and filled in what I was eating. I was pleasantly surprised that I am getting more than my daily allowance from the almighty bean! A lot of people don't know that you get quite a bit of protein in grains, fruits and vegetables too! So, my bean kick lately is a great thing for me! Not only are they cheap and easy (with the pressure cooker), but they are super good for you too!
(Salad with romain, handful of cilantro (I love fresh herbs in my salad), scalloins and a lot of black beans!)

I will share my method of cooking the different beans in a pressure cooker soon too. I am finally getting down exactly how I like them. I have discovered that I like them a little saucier, but still a little firm. I like how the sauce works well for rice or like a dressing on a salad! Oh and don't worry...I know what you are thinking...your body builds up a resistance to the unpleasant side of beans!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 5:01 PM  
  • At September 2, 2009 at 1:24 AM, Anonymous Alisa - Frugal Foodie said…

    Glad to hear you are still using that pressure cooker :)

  • At September 2, 2009 at 2:59 AM, Blogger Amy said…

    I really want a pressure cooker but I have so many kitchen appliances already I really can't squeeze anything else into my kitchen :( (well I probably could but I might get yelled at :P)

    I love the look of those burgers! I'm a big burger fan!!

    And sorry about the food rut. We all have them (my last one lasted about 4 months. I really thought it was never going to end and almost gave up blogging altogether!)

  • At September 2, 2009 at 7:25 AM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said…

    Alisa - I love the pressure cooker. I really don't know how I ever went without one!

    Vegetation - Pressure cookers are so worth it especially if you eat beans! As far as the rut goes, I think it has a lot to do with the weather, enjoying fresh produce and the kids being back in school. Besides, my husband wants to lose a little weight, so I feel bad baking up a storm when he is trying to cut back.

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