Have found this to be a general good way to eat that causes me to loose weight. This may sound too simple while works for me to break my routine in a good way.
I joined yesterday so thought would post a recent favorite around here on the farm. This warms me up and fills my belly eaten in moderation with great taste better than most other things for less expense. There are so many variations one meal can be different from the next time you put it together and I do not get tired of eating this. It can be nibbled throughout the day cold or re-warmed. I usually eat it in a bowl as layers with different textures and flavors in my mouth in every spoonful. Sometimes roll in wraps and freeze for quick meals later. It is made with:
o Rice. Any kind or a mix for good texture. I like brown rice especially in this.
o Beans. Start making beans with link below modified as follows: I make a double batch as it takes time. Start by soaking 2-3 pounds of dry beans overnight (I use pinto or small red beans). Drain. Slow boil 30 minutes. Drain. Add all ingredients except salt / tomatoes with small carrot chunks added. I use rendered bacon bits substituted for the ham hock. Boil in a good turkey stock until beans are almost tender. Then add a large 28oz can of whole tomatoes buzzed in a blender half a can at a time into a salsa thick consistency without chunks with the salt in the last half hour. It typically takes about 3 hours total cooking time. When done it tastes like bean and bacon soup with salsa slow cooked. NOTE: (taste stock when you open it before you add as some stocks are terrible - water is better than using bad stock)
o Meat (optional). Any kind pork, beef, or chicken - grilled is better than not grilled. And I like to use a Mexican stew with a sauce based on chipotle / tomato / honey / cumin flavors slow cooked where the meat holds in chunks but falls apart when eaten. Can share how I make Mexican stew if anyone wants it.
o Sauce. Based on blended smooth garbanzo beans, fresh lemon juice, fresh garlic, and powdered almonds. Flavored with either curry as is the ‘original’ or being a spicy kind of guy I sometimes like replacing the curry with a few well blended chipotle peppers with adobo sauce to taste at the end. Start making sauce with the link below modified as follows: hear soybeans have estrogen so as a man double the garbonzos to two cans and I omit the oil using a little extra water instead. This is a mayo substitute with no oil spread I also eat on my sandwiches and is good chicken / capers / celery. I like it better than ranch on many things now after having it around to munch on. Note: Cafe Yumm recently started in Eugene, OR is on a few lists as one of the fastest growing restaurant chains in the USA partly due to the Yumm Sauce in their flavor combinations:
o Cheese (optional) – in chunks or grated. When I add cheese it is cheddar, while find for myself cheese is adding fat so I very often skip it.
o Salsa (optional) – as much or as little as you like. I eat a few spoonfuls. Current favorites that seem to be about $2.50 for 24 oz are Chachies in the refrigerated section by cheese at Winco, Pace hot picante not medium / mild, or make home made fresh salsa which is best when have tomatoes / onions / chili peppers around (love them out of my garden).
o (optional) Drizzle rice or top with an intensely olive tasting Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil. Information on reasonably priced decent tasting ones is at:
o (optional) Drizzle the rice or top with home made ranch / blue cheese and a few drops of a spicy hot sauce. We like habanero sauce for $1 at the local Dollar Store. Some like more hot sauce added than others while be careful not to add too much or will take over the dish.
Enjoy! The more layers of flavor the better I seem to like this. Every bite is a flavor explosion. For those of you without a Café Yumm around try this and you will find it is a flexible affordable satisfying way to eat at home. In the Caribbean they live on rice & beans and used to think they were all crazy, but after living on this for a while with great results in my waistline understand why meat isn’t always needed. Possibly having it around to nibble on all the time is helping me eat about six small meals a day is also a factor. Happy to be going down when step on the scale. It is a nice meal with all the layers or only some of them. Have fun and get creative. Similar to lasagna where flavors combine this makes awesome left-overs. It also freezes well in wraps closed in plastic wrap to be re-heated quickly or on the go. Questions, comments, and ideas to improve are appreciated.