Phoenix Bird


Bean Loaf/Burgers "No Gas" Beans
Brazilian Black Beans Slovensky Soup
Meatless Loaf True Grits Chili

These are three vegetarian recipes, for when beans may be your main source of protein

2 C cooked garbanzo beans 2 T butter
3 C bread crumbs 1/4 t each thyme, coriander, nutmeg
1 C beef stock 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 T oil 1/2 t salt
2 onions, chopped fine 3 T soy sauce
1/2 C sesame meal  
Preheat oven to 325F. Mash beans, and set aside. Soak the breadcrumbs in the warm beef stock. Heat the 2 T oil in a skillet, and sauté the onions until translucent. Add sesame meal, and butter, and sauté until golden brown. In a mixing bowl, combine all remaining ingredients. Put in a loaf pan, and bake for thirty minutes.
1/3 C oil 3 tomatoes, diced
1 C soy grits 1 qt cooked kidney beans
1 medium onion, chopped 3 jalapenos, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced 1 T each cumin, and chili powder
1 qt tomato sauce 1 T oregano
Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven, and sauté grits until golden. Add onions and garlic, and sauté until onions are translucent. Add the remaining ingredients, and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until heated through.
2 T oil 2 C black beans
1 onion, chopped 1 C red wine
2 cloves garlic, minced 2 C beef stock
2 green onions, chopped 1/4 t pepper
1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 orange, washed but unpeeled
1 t cilantro 1/2 t salt
2 stalks celery, chopped 1/2 sweet potato, diced
1 tomato, chopped  
Heat oil in a medium stock pot, and sauté the onion, garlic, green onion, green pepper, tomato, and cilantro, until the onion turns translucent. Add beans, stock, wine, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for two minutes. Remove from heat, and let sit covered, for one hour. Add the remaining ingredients, and simmer for two to three hours, until the beans are tender. Remove a ladle full of beans, mash them, and stir them back in to thicken the mixture.
That's about it. Keep on cooking.
My favorite 'no gas' bean recipe: When I cook dried beans (great northern, pintos, etc) I bring them to a rolling boil for about a minute. Then I put the pan in the sink and add a small handful of baking soda until the pot foams over large amounts. Completely rinse the beans with cold water, return to heat and boil a second time for another minute. Return to sink and add another small handful of baking soda. It will foam up again, but significantly less than the first time. This may be repeated 2-4 times, always rinsing between. When foaming becomes minimal, thoroughly rinse beans, cover and cook over low heat with a little salt. You can add other meat scraps, bones, or seasonings to taste. Cook until tender. Very good with dumplings and doesn't cause gas. (If you forget to rinse the baking soda off the beans... they taste horrible!)
Old Mom
2 quarts water 2 cups diced peeled potatoes
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 teaspoon salt
10 oz. pkg. frozen peas (or 2 cups fresh, shelled) 3 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup minced onion 2 tablespoons flour
Bring water to boil; add potatoes, parsley and salt and cook for 10 minutes. Stir in peas. Brown onion in butter, stir in flour and brown lightly (this mixture is called 'zaprashka'); stir into soup to thicken slightly. Cook until peas are done.

A Baltic mainstay ... when supplies are available. I've not made it exactly like this (no parsley), but I thought I'd share it as is in case anyone wants to try it.

Cooked beans can be made into burgers or a "loaf".

To every cup of mashed beans add 1/2 cup quick cooking Oats, 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (imparts a cheesy taste), some onion, garlic powder & spices of your choice. Also a tablespoon of peanut butter can be added to better "hold" burgers together! Any cooked grain can be substituted for oatmeal. You can also add bread crumbs or flour instead of oats, flour will give you a softer texture. Nuts, chopped can be added to these burgers.

Leftover vegetables can be made into burgers also. To each one cup of leftover, mashed vegetables, add chopped nuts, 1 cup quick oats or breadcrumbs, some soy sauce, and a tablespoon of oil or peanut butter.