Beans

Black, pinto, red/kidney, white, etc.

Fasolia

Fasolia

2 C snapped green beans (2 parts)
1 large carrot, stick-cut (1 part)
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp finely minced garlic
1 tsp finely minced ginger
1 tsp tomato paste

2 oz vegetable oil
¼ tsp black cardamom
¼ tsp corriander

jalapeno peppers, optional, to taste
salt to taste

Start with a hot (non-nonstick) skillet and 2 oz vegetable oil. Sauté the onions until caramelized.

Add finely mashed garlic, ginger and tomato paste, stir vigorously to combine.

Add a little water to prevent garlic from drying out. Add the carrots, stirring continuously. Add green beans.

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Rice Salad with Fava Beans and Pistachios

Rice Salad with Fava Beans and Pistachios

Another delicious Ottolenghi recipe, courtesy of Bon Appetit and tweaked just a bit.

½ cup wild rice
Kosher salt
1 cup basmati rice
1 dried Iranian lime (or keffir lime leaf)
2 cups fresh shelled fava beans (can substitute lima beans)
½ cup chopped fresh dill
½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
½ cup unsalted, raw pistachios
¼ cup olive oil
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
½ cup pomegranate seeds

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Falafelesque Fritters

Falafel Fritters

I found this recipe on the internet. It was easy to make and pretty tasty. Also, I would imagine you can use almost any green, making this a relatively healthy year-round dish.

4 cups stemmed and torn collard greens or swiss chard (about 1/4 lb or 1 bunch)
1 15.5 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained (or about 2/3 cup dry beans, soaked and cooked)
3 medium to large cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp tahini
Juice of half a lemon
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 salt
1/4 black pepper

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Basmati and Wild Rice with Chickpeas, Currants and Herbs

Basmati with Wild Rice

This Yotam Ottolenghi recipe was amazing. The balance of the sweet currants with the curry-spiced chickpeas was surprising and delightful and the fried onions sealed the deal. Yes, it's got a lot of components, but it is totally worth it. I have halved the proportions to serve 8 as a side or 4 as a main.

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Bean Dips

Courtesy of Cook's Illustrated.

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7-Layer Bean Dip

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No real recipe here; we used, from the bottom up:

  1. leftover refried pinto beans
  2. Shredded cheese
  3. guacamole
  4. sour cream
  5. pico de gallo
  6. Olives (optional)

...and layered them in a flat-bottomed glass dish. The pico counts as two layers. Really.

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Chicken, Rice and Beans

Chicken Rice and Beans

We originally intended to make this Bon Appetit recipe, but we morphed it to save some time. In the proportions here, this recipe will make two easy week-night meals. The rice and beans can be made the first night and reheated the second. A rotisserie chicken bought on the first night can be reheated in the oven or shredded and "fried" on the stovetop with a bit of olive oil.

Rice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 medium onion, chopped

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Indian Salad

Indian Salad

Every week, we include a "big salad night" on our menu. Depending on the cuisine we've selected, that can be easy or hard. For example, Asian week? That's easy - chinese chicken salad. Italian week? Try a caesar salad or (my personal favorite) panzanella salad.

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Empanadas

Empanadas

So, not really a true recipe, but pretty good and pretty easy. Maybe next time we'll get fancy and make our own empanada dough, but for the first try this turned out pretty good.

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Chana Chaat

Chana Chat

Indigo, the Indian food stall at Eastern Market, makes a spectacular chana chaat - basically, a chick-pea/vegetable salad/snack thing.  It's quite frankly delicious.  In anticipation of an Indian dinner party were we hosting, I coaxed the main ingredients out of the very nice woman who does all the cooking at the stall.  While she wouldn't reveal her secret spice blend, some internet reserach gave us enough clues to fill in the holes.

Obviously, this is a very notional recipe and the proportions can be added to suit your taste.  The resulting product shouldn't be soupy, but dressed in the sauce blend as a salad would be.

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