A slice of navy bean pie

Navy Bean Pie

I decided to finish out my 30 days of beans with another dessert recipe, the Navy Bean Pie.  This pie recipe is not something made by the Navy, at least not to my knowledge.  It is, in fact, made from navy beans which are reported to have been a staple food of the US Navy in the early 20th century. This pie has its roots in the culture of African American Muslims, and is truly an American original.   The navy bean is the only bean that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad allowed in the strict dietary code for the Nation of […]

Chicken Tortilla Soup topped with melted cheese and tortill chips top the soup.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my favorites.  It’s a very easy recipe and is delicious.  My favorite part is the layer of chips and melted cheese on top of the bowl of soup, but the whole thing is a special treat. This recipe for chicken tortilla soup  begins with ground or chopped chicken that is sautéed with onions, garlic, carrots, and celery.  The mixture is combined with tomatoes with green chilies, beans, corn, broth, and spices before being simmered until the flavors are fully combined. The soup is ladled into oven safe bowls and topped with tortilla chips and […]

Southwestern crescent squares out of the oven

Southwestern Crescent Squares

I made this for dinner and had the hardest time coming up with a name for it.  I wanted to call it a pot pie, but in my opinion, a pot pie should have gravy.  There’s no gravy in this recipe.  I considered calling it a pasty, but pasties are supposed to be little half round things that are crimped shut.  It’s sort of a giant hot pocket, but pan pocket sounded too weird, so I opted for Crescent Squares because it has a crescent roll crust and is cut into squares for serving. This recipe is very easy to […]

bean pie with coconut

Coconut Bean Pie

You read the title to this post correctly.  Coconut Bean Pie is not a typo.  I did not mean Coconut Cream Pie.  This recipe is also made from pinto beans.  I enjoyed the Pinto Pecan Pie so much that I decided to try another recipe. For this one, we opted to leave out the brown sugar and considered using a different extract such as rum or pineapple, but in the end, we chose to stick with vanilla.  We added shredded coconut in place of the pecans, but this pie might be good with pecans added in addition to the coconut. […]

feta cheese and cannellini beans star in this pasta salad flavored with basil pesto

Chicken Orzo Salad

Basil pesto, olive oil, and lemon are tossed together with melon seed shaped pasta which is also known as orzo,  feta cheese,  cannellini beans, and diced chicken to make this refreshing pasta salad.    The salad was easy to assemble.  It required no chopping or cutting, except for cutting a lemon in half to get the juice.  The end result received Baker’s Man’s seal of approval, and after 22 days of bean recipes, that’s not an easy task. The next time you find yourself wondering what you should make with some leftover basil pesto, consider this recipe.  If you want to […]

kidney bean and corn salad

Corn and Kidney Bean Salad

This salad was supposed to be made with black beans, but I made a little mistake.  When I was preparing the salad, I inadvertently grabbed and opened a can of kidney beans instead of black beans.  With that one error, this salad changed from what I had imagined to something deliciously different.  I used the techniques from my faux homemade salsa recipe to give the illusion that this dish was more complicated to prepare, but there’s a minimum of chopping required for the recipe.  The entire dish can be assembled in about 10 minutes. Many variations of this salad are […]

Southwest cheesebuger pie

Southwest Cheeseburger Pie

A few decades ago, Bisquick introduced the impossible pie recipe.  The recipe was so named because a batter was poured into a pie plate and made a pie.  It was called “impossible” because the pies were made without a crust.  I have an old cookbook that belonged to my mother that contains a collection of these “impossible pies.”  Basically, these recipes require you to fill a pan with whatever savory food items you choose.  The filling is then topped with a batter made from Bisquick, milk, and eggs and baked in a 400 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes […]

A cream sauce filled with rich flavor and super foods Kale and Cannelli beans.

Penne with Creamy Kale and Canellini Sauce

I really love beans and greens, and one of the things I sometimes add to the basic dish is a pound of Italian sausage.  The addition of that one extra ingredient transforms the dish from a side into an entree.  Of course, I could eat the vegetarian version as an entree, but Baker’s Man prefers meat in his entrees.  As I was contemplating what to make for dinner this evening, I kept thinking of beans and greens, but the recipe had already been published.  I considered just adding Italian sausage to the recipe and publishing it as a variation, but […]

A slice of pinto pecan pie

Pecan Pinto Pie

A lady at a local bookstore and I were talking one day about unusual recipes, and she shared that she had once eaten a delicious pie made from pinto beans while visiting a friend’s home.  I was incredulous, but she was adamant that the pie tasted just like a pecan pie. A few weeks later, she supplied me with the recipe, but I never got around to trying it until today.  The recipe is surprisingly easy to prepare using a minimum of kitchen equipment and the pie really is delicious. It does remind me of a pecan pie, but it’s […]

beans and kale atop a pizza

Kale and Cannelini Pizza

It’s pizza night again, and this week, we are having a more traditional pizza, but I’m still skipping the tomato sauce.  This pizza crust was brushed with chopped garlic sauteed in olive oil.The crust was then topped with Mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and then dusted with Italian seasoning.  Italian sausage, canellini beans, and shredded kale were artfully arranged on top, then  the whole thing was placed in the oven.  Actually, I randomly scattered the toppings, but doesn’t artfully arranged sound better? The final pizza was simple and delicious.  Who knew that beans and red kale on a pizza could be […]