Soaked

February 19, 2011

in breakfast, crockpot recipe, Nutrition, vegan

I was up in the kitchen first thing today!

We’re having some peeps over for a dinner inspired by our New Orleans trip and I wanted to serve Red Beans and Rice. Anna was kind enough to send me her mom’s crock pot recipe; I made a few adaptations.

Start by soaking 1 lb. of Red Kidney Beans overnight. This morning, I drained and boiled them in some fresh water, to remove the dangerous PHA

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I hadn’t heard about this toxin until recently – you can read more about the links between kidney beans and cooking here. I don’t know if it’s for real or not, but I would rather not risk it! Basically, you want to boil them for 10 minutes before putting them in the crockpot. Just to be safe, I did it for 15.

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Once done, I drained, then poured them into my slow cooker with the following –

Chopped veggies: 1 big yellow onion, 1 bell pepper, 1 bunch of scallions (saving the tops for garnish later)

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Dried herbs/seasonings: 2 TB parsley, 2 TB Basil, 1 tsp. red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp. Marjoram, 1/4 tsp. Thyme, 2 dashes Hot Sauce, 12 grinds of black pepper, 1 TB salt, 2 TB fresh ground garlic…

I used 1/2 a jar of leftover marinara in lieu of a 4 oz. can of tomato sauce

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1 TB vegan worcestershire sauce + this Veggie Broth concentrate from TJ’s

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4 packets total for 4 cups of water. The recipe calls for 2 quarts, but I used 1/2 of that, since it was already filled to the brim!

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The instructions were to set on low for 8 hours – I cranked it on high for the first 4 (super paranoid about those beans!)

I also soaked my brown rice at the same time – something I’m usually too lazy to do, but learned in my macrobiotic days that it increases the nutritional value and digestability. (I think it tastes better too.)

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Since I was already standing in front of the stove, I also cooked breakfast!

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Instant Oatmeal Pancakes made with Maple and Brown Sugar Oat Fit + egg whites, topped with Pumpkin Butter and a whole banana

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Later in the afternoon I snacked on 1/2 a honeydew to keep the appetite revved for tonight’s dinner

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Do you soak your rice? Have you ever heard of red kidney bean poisoning?

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