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Creole Beans 'n' Greens

Creole Beans 'n' Greens

2 cups bouillon

1 16-ounce bag frozen onion-pepper mix

1 16-ounce bag frozen chopped kale or spinach

1 teaspoon liquid smoke

1 teaspoon Cajun Spice Blend

pinch cayenne, or to taste

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 cup bulgur

1 can pinto or kidney beans

1/4 cup cider vinegar

Bring the bouillon, frozen vegetables and spices to a boil in a large pot, breaking up the vegetables with a spoon. Stir in the tomato paste and bulgur, return to boiling and simmer 5-10 minutes, or until the bulgur is soft. Stir in the beans and 2 tablespoons of the vinegar and heat through.Taste and add as much of the remaining vinegar as you like.

4 servings

Extra Quick Chili

1 16-ounce bag frozen onion-pepper mix

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes, cut in pieces

1 teaspoon bouillon granules

1 tablespoon mild chili powder

pinch cayenne, or to taste

2 cans kidney beans or black beans

Cooked whole grains (optional)

Combine all ingredients except the grains in a large pot, bring to a boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Serve over the whole grain of your choice, if desired.

4-6 servings

Dr. Gabe's Famous Bean-Eggplant-Tomato Casserole

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 green pepper, chopped

1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes,

undrained, broken up

2 bouillon cubes or 2 teaspoons bouillon granules

1 tablespoon oregano

pinch cayenne, or to taste

1 eggplant, cut in 1/2” cubes

2 16-ounce cans kidney beans, drained

Cooked whole grains of your choice

Combine the onions, garlic, pepper, tomatoes, bouillon cubes or granules and seasonings in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer while dicing the eggplant. Add eggplant to the pot and simmer 10-20 minutes. Stir in the beans and heat through. Serve over cooked whole grains.

6-8 servings

VARIATION: Add shrimp or other seafood of your choice.

July 31st, 2013
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About the Author: Gabe Mirkin, MD

Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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