$5 dollars of local black beans becomes 5 days of eating

Nachos – chips topped with beans, purple onions, jalapeños, tomatoes and cheese
Beans salad – marinated in oil & vinegar – corn, tomatoes and greens from garden
Made vegan stew – sauté onions, garlic, Thai peppers (from last year’s garden and frozen) in oil. Added finely diced potatoes, carrot, cauliflower and broth. This time I used liquid of salsa and V 8 juice. Added left over chicken in one batch. Note still have left over beans.
With left over beans in refrigerator can make burritos in 5 minutes. Gather greens from yard first

Clean Janes (vegan sloppy joes)

Lunch experiment also a success! Rich flavor, satisfying and meatless sloppy joe

This morning I put 1/3 cup black beluga lentils with a 1/3 cup orzo, 1 finely chopped carrot, 1 large garlic and some vegan bouillon in water, brought to a boil and low heat for about 30 minutes

For breakfast- pancake like patty. For lunch – vegan sloppy joes. So good I took what I put in freezer out so we could have more. Simply sauté cooked lentils/orzo/carrot/garlic mixture in garlic olive oil until browned and then add barbecue sauce

Fiddleheads & mushrooms

Ferns are perfect for shady areas. Once a year, we gather the tops of the fern – the fiddleheads. Rinse and sauté. If want add some mushrooms

Hearty, black legume, orzo, carrot pancake

Part one of experiment success! Did not know what I was going to make. At a time of great disruption due, in part, to Covid19, it feels a bit calming to have unpredictable success.

Boiled 1/3 cup of black begula lentils, 1/3 cup of orzo, 1 finely dice carrot, 1 garlic clove added 1 tablespoon of organic better than bouillon vegan. About half of this I will save for whatever I decide to make later
Taking about half of the cooked lentil/orzo/carrot/garlic mixture- I added rice flour. Just enough to coat and and one egg then fried over low heat like a pancake
Gathering chives from garden – next batch were topped with fresh chives

Red currants, apple, pecans no added sugar treat

While the 10th this week of apple crisp with sugar is in oven. I made a no sugar “treat bread?” Lots of homegrown red currants and apples offered sweet flavor. The rolled oats and two eggs added satisfying health

I used Homegrown red currants from freezer, 1/2 diced apple, 1 cup of flour (I mixed rice flour & whole wheat) 3/4 cup of rolled oats, 2 eggs, a few tablespoons of milk
Top with pecans bake 350 degrees for 40 minutes. I liked this and did not miss added sugar.