#food Bean Thing

I thought vegetarians were cranks.

Then people I care about started to go vegetarian, and I had to learn to cook for them. Well, okay, I didn’t HAVE to learn to cook for them, but I wasn’t about to cook two meals. Making a meat-and-two-veg and expecting them to make do with the side dishes was an option, but it wasn’t very friendly, really.

Since then, we’ve become practically vegetarian. I eat meat when I’m out — I still love to consume animal flesh, as long as it isn’t currently in use. But, at home, we feast upon mostly plant products, plus eggs and dairy from animals we know are well-cared for.

skilletbeansHere’s a delicious dish we had the other night.

Yes, I know it looks like it’s already been eaten at least once, but I assure you, it was delicious!

My husband clipped it from the Humana Active Outlook magazine, and I adapted it. Here’s our version:

Bean Thing

  • garlic-infused olive oil
  • chopped onion
  • chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • cubed tomatoes, fresh from the garden
  • small can tomato sauce
  • 1 15-ounce can of white navy beans (beans, salt and water only — no sugar)

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add thyme and paprika and stir for a couple of minutes to toast and release the flavors into the oil. Add vegetables and cook a couple more minutes. Add sauce and beans (with juice). Cover, reduce heat, simmer about 20 minutes.

The recipe says to serve over rice, but I used quinoa.

Trust me, it was GOOD!

I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies on the subject of radishes, which are the opposite of good.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character visits a farm to see where his or her food comes from.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “#food Bean Thing

  1. Jane

    July 2, 2013 at 9:43am

    Right! Toast the spices! Great first step.
    When you’ve only got a few ingredients, you’ve got to spice’em up, eh?

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  2. Jo Robinson

    July 15, 2013 at 2:49am

    Yummy! I also don’t eat meat – I do eat fish & seafood sometimes. Going to try this! Got a vision of you trying not to chomp a piece of steak on the move now. LOL!

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      Marian Allen

      July 15, 2013 at 8:42am

      I came home from a steak dinner and my husband asked me if I really had steak.

      Me: Mooo…
      Charlie: You’re gonna get Mad Cow.
      Me: MOOOO!!!

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