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Red Bean Soup - So Easy

I just love this soup.  I have to admit I was not a lover of red beans before this soup, but afterwards, I can now see why red kidney beans are the number one healthy bean to eat in your diet.
 
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 2 hr 0 min
Level: Easy
Serves:8 to 10 servings


Ingredients: 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (virgin)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell peppers
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 quarts chicken or beef stock or canned low-sodium chicken or beef broth
  • 4 cups cooked red beans, pureed in a food processor
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry (water)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

 Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, bell peppers, salt, cayenne, black pepper, and bay leaves. 
  2. Cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are wilted. Add the stock and beans, stirring to mix well. 
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the mixture is smooth and creamy, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  4. Just before serving, add the sherry, green onions, parsley, and hot sauce. Remove the bay leaves.

Serve hot in soup bowls.


 

Healthy Multi-Grain Panacakes

Yummo!!  Who doesn't love pancakes for breakfast.  You can use multi-grain flour or whole wheat flour.  I also suggest whole wheat oats if you can find them.    If you must have butter, then make sure you  use raw butter only but butter is not vegan.

To top the pancakes, I suggest raw honey or fruit.  You can look for jams with no sugar, but it is always best to make your own. But for convenience the no sugar added jams or jelly would work.

As the picture shows, a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice is wonderful to go along the side.


 Multi-Grain Pancakes
Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients

Directions
  1. Whisk the apple juice, applesauce, and egg substitute together in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir the dry ingredients together.
  3. Fold in the wet ingredients. Add a splash more juice if it's too dry.
  4. Heat a skillet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and pour in batter 1 heaping tablespoon at a time.

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