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Chuckwagon Beans

Chuckwagon Beans

1 onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 cup canned tomato sauce

1 teaspoon bouillon granules or 1 bouillon cube

2 tart apples, cored and cut into bite-size pieces

1/4 cup dried cherries or golden raisins

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup brown sugar, or to taste

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring, or to taste

3 cans (16 oz.) pink beans, undrained

Cooked kamut or other whole grains (optional)

Combine all ingredients except beans and whole grains in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, 10 minutes (add a little bouillon if it gets too dry). Add the beans and simmer 10-15 minutes more. Serve over the whole grain of your choice.

6-8 servings

Southwestern Hot Pot

2 pounds winter squash

1 large onion, chopped

1/2 pound mushrooms, quartered or cut in 1/2” pieces

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon mild chili powder

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon oregano

pinch cayenne, to taste

2 cups bouillon

1 red bell pepper, cut in 1/2” pieces

1 can pink beans or kidney beans, drained

2 cups frozen baby lima beans

2 cups frozen corn

2 tablespoons cider vinegar, or to taste

freshly ground black pepper

Cooked barley, kamut, or other whole grains of your choice

Pierce the squash with a knife in 2 or 3 places. Set in a microwave dish and microwave on high for 3 minutes. When cool enough to handle, cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Return to the microwave and cook about 8 minutes more, or until you can easily scoop out the flesh.

Meanwhile, bring the onion, mushrooms, garlic, spices and bouillon to a boil in a large pot. Reduce the heat and simmer 5-10 minutes or until the onion is softened. Add the squash flesh, in bite-size pieces, along with the red pepper, pink beans and lima beans. Return to boiling, reduce the heat and simmer 5-10 minutes more, or until the lima beans are cooked. Stir in the corn and vinegar and adjust the seasonings. Serve over cooked whole grains.

6-8 servings

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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