Bean Recipes

By: Ron Lagerquist

TVP Meatless Meat

1 cup water
1/2 cup TVP
3 Tbs. Tamari sauce
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Soak textured vegetable protein (TVP) in water, Tamari sauce and garlic mixture for 30 minutes. Add to stews, soups or broths. Tastes so much like meat it is hard to tell the difference. TVP can be purchased in three different sizes representing hamburger to bigger meat chunks. TVP is 50% protein with almost zero fat. TVP is quick to make and versatile because it soaks up whatever flavor it is marinated in. Stews and soups with TVP will store longer than meat mixtures because there is no fat to ferment.

Corn Bean Salad 

Serves 2

3 corn on the cob
1 medium tomato, diced
1/4 tsp. vegetable seasoning
1 celery, diced
sprig, fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1 tsp. honey or fructose
1 box of alfalfa sprouts
3 Tbs. cider vinegar
1/2 cup cooked beans
1 Tbs. Tamari soy sauce

Slice corn from 3 cobs. Mix dressing ingredients in blender. Pour dressing over corn salad mixture and toss. Chill and serve.

Vegetable Bean Soup 

Serves 4

16 cups water
1/3 cup long grain brown rice
1/2 cup dried kidney beans
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2-3 tomatoes, cut in wedges
1 tsp. oregano
1 onion
1 tsp. basil
2 sweet potatoes
1/4 cup parsley
1 carrot
1/8 tsp. celery seeds
1 zucchini
1/4 tsp. marjoram
1/4 lb. cabbage (Savoy is best)

Place beans in pot with 2 quarts of water. Bring to boil, remove from heat and let stand for one hour. Pour off water and add 3 cups of water. Cook for 30 minutes. Add cooked vegetables except tomatoes and seasoning and simmer for 20 minutes. Chop peeled sweet potatoes in large chunks. Add tomatoes in last 10 min. of cooking.

Lentil Soup 

Serves 4

5 cups water
1 sweet potato, chopped
1 cup uncooked lentils
2 onions, chopped
1/4 cup barley
2 Tbs. parsley flakes
2 carrots, sliced
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 tsp. cumin

Combine all ingredients in soup pot and simmer until the lentils are soft, about 1 hour.

Seven Layer Casserole 

8 Servings

1 cup string beans
1 cup cooked kidney beans
1 cup diced green pepper
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup diced onions
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 cups tomato sauce
1/2 cup water

Using a large casserole dish, layer sting beans, onion, peppers, corn and peas. Pour in 1/2 cup of water. Mix garlic with tomato sauce. Pour tomato sauce over the layers, then cover and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Uncover and continue to cook for thirty minutes longer.


Garbanzo Puree 

Makes 2 cups

3 cups cooked garbanzo beans
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1 Tbs. parsley flakes
1/4 tsp. basil
1 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 Tbs. honey

Puree the beans and mix all ingredients together in the food processor. Add water for desired consistency.

If you have been eating mostly fruit and vegetables or have recently fasted, bean and lentil stews will cause the sinuses to clog with mucus. The more you eat cooked food, the more you crave cooked food, and the less you want to eat raw food. After eating heavy portions of cooked foods, it will take a few days to recondition the taste buds to enjoying raw food.

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