Black bean burgers to warm my black heart

* This Post somehow never had the publish button pushed. Little over a year later I realize the fall I took was the kick I needed to change everything about my life.  From the work, relationships and most importantly how I view myself.  It’s been amazing. I’m so thankful now for the box that took me out.  This burger has been in our menu rotation since.  I still try to eat less meat but I won’t pretend I’m vegan or vegetarian. I’m just trying to feed my body the best way I can.

August 2017    I’ve been in a funk due to an injury I got when my elbow less than gently kissed a title floor with all my weight pressing down on this union. The result was messed up tendon that a month later has me feeling a bit changed forever. Silly I know but let’s be honestly, if you know me I was on the road to change anyhow, it had been creeping in ever so slowly.

My injury left me unable to brush my hair or do anything that required much movement of my arm. I went from being right handed to left handed with issues. Life would go on but not being able to cook left me wishing I had just lost my arm.

It’s funny when something so stupid takes you out of your normal routine and forces you to deal with some emotions and crap building up in your life. Just with the frustration alone I have gone through a week of sleeping, a week of being super pissed off about it all, a week of feeling down right depressed. In between I have found new ways to express myself in ways I have always done with cooking. I have also learned that a right handed girl can learn to be left handed when there is coffee and make up involved.

It’s been a really interesting journey down a path I never saw coming. I am not fully grateful for it yet as my little black heart is still processing some stuff that I would have never seen before in my life but I know, like all things, there is a reason and being shook up is always good.

After nearly watching nearly every Netflix documentary on food and the effects it has not he environment, and looking a bit deeper at my own health , I deduced it was time to eat way less meat. Not to mention our reduced income sorta called for it. I also had to look for recipes that were easy for a one armed woman to make. Or at least easy enough to do very little with my healing arm.

The following black bean burger recipe was just the thing. To my shock my son, who is a give me meat or give me death, kinda of guy loved these. When i made them a second time and he got excited, I knew we had a winner.

Black bean burgers. Makes 4 patties

2 14 oz cans of black beans drained and rinsed

1/2 cup of uncooked oatmeal

1 small red or green  bell pepper chopped

1 shallot chopped

cumin to taste

corriander to taste

chili powder to taste

salt and pepper to taste

1 egg or vegan egg substitute

What you do:

Set aside 1/2 cup of black beans.  Take remaining beans and mash in a large bowl.  Add in remaining ingredients and whole black beans you set aside.   Mix well.

Form into four patties place on a plate and put in fridge untill ready to cook  I have made these ahead of time like night before I plan on cooking them

In a heated skillet place a tablespoon or two of avocado oil and heat till warm   Add patties and cook about 4-5 mins a side   You could grill them too

Serve on a toasted bun or lettuce wrap with fresh avocado and sprouts

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What is a Country Style Rib? And other ponderings.

Lately I keep looking at this blog and wanting to change it. I have a feeling in the next couple of weeks it will look different. The urge to rearrange and make it more user friendly is becoming more of need than a want for me lately. I see it moving up on my to-do list. 

 
Lots of things are changing. I don’t know why this surprises me so much at times. Really there is no constant or normal in life. It is always changing. Change is the only thing that one can really count on. What I am use to today will be different weeks, months and years from now. I can say, “when my kids were this age (fill in the blank), it was some of the best times for our family”. But really I can say that at any time. Sure my dinner table is not filled with my kids and I ponder if we need this huge farmhouse table my husband built anymore. But now I have time to get to know this guy I have been married to for 26 year too.  It’s a different time for us. Something we have never had since we got married and then started our family.  I am also am getting to know me. I have more time to myself these days. To do those things I said I would do. To try things I thought I wouldn’t  have guessed I would do.   Change is always happening. While I love the comfort of a routine and to have those around me I love, it’s not always possible and I have to look within to find the comfort I need. To put my hopes in anyone or anything else to provide that sense of grounding is just not right. It is expecting to much of others. I am responsible for my own happiness. 

Then there is the change that comes in the stuff your use to having. Say like a gas bbq girll in the backyard.  I can’t even remember when we bought it. I know I was so excited for my husband to have such a nice grill. We had a green weber charcoal grill before that. But we were new homeowners and while the charcoal grill was great, we wanted the big silver grill in the yard as we had a large family and had their friends over a lot. Ok hoenstly I was terrified the flames form the charcoal grill being used on our decks off our kitchenw ere going to catch the wood shingles on our house on fire. So enter the gas grill and the above ground pool stage in our life. 

 Recently the grill in my opinion died. There I was looking at new grills on line when my husband walks in and says “what you doing?” I tell him and he then shares with me he ordered the parts for way less than the full cost of our girll to fix it.  The parts arrive, a trip or two to the local hardward shop for a few nuts and bolts to fix something else and viola, it’s fixed.  My husband has always been fabulous at fixing things. I’ve addmitted it was in the top five reasons for marrying him. 

Summer is that time for using the grill and cooking outside so we don’t heat up the kitchen. So this was a bit different to not have a grill to cook on. I was looking through the local grocery store flyer and saw that Country style ribs were on sale. My first thought was let’s grill those tasty suckers up. But the grill was not fixed as of yet. So I went  looking for something else. In my hunt, I discovered that country style ribs are not ribs at all.

So what are they? Well they are from the shoulder. Sometimes they have the bone in them , like I used in the recipe below, or they are boneless. They are part of the loin so really the name is Pork Loin Country Style Ribs.  I know they have great flavor and are much cheaper than ribs with more meat and well this past week they were a steal at my loal store.

With the grill broken and a hot Sunday ahead it was crockpot time. I debated tossing them in with a dry rub. Then I thought of making a sauce. My thoughts then went Asian.  I found the following recipe at Manilaspoon.com  

Everyone loved them. Which I think I have mentioned before I am now feeding a house full of guys. This was easy too. I just popped it all in before I left for Yoga class. Came home, enjoyed my day and later made up the Asian Slaw to go with it and we were sitting around the table eating before going out to garden in the cooler evening air. 

  
Crockpot Asian Syle BBQ Country Style Ribs

  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of honey (real honey)
  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce or Tamari
  •  1/2 cup of ketchup ( no HFCS in it, Trader Joe’s brand organic brands don’t have HFCS in them)
  • 3 TBLS of Sweet Chili Sauce ( Again no HFCS in it)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 knob of fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp celtic sea salt
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes (optional but add if you want a little kick)
  • 5lbs of Country Style Pork Ribs
  1. In a bowl mix all the ingredient for the sauce together with a whisk. 
  2. Dip each rib into the sauce to get it coated and place in crockpot.
  3. Pour remaining sauce over ribs in crockpot and put the lid on it.
  4. Cook on low for 7-8 hrs.
  5. Enjoy!

Why am I saying to avoid HFCS (high fructose corn syrup).  I do it as I have an allergy to it. I get headaches, cystic like acne on my face and bad fatique from it.  BUT if you are trying to loose weight, get healtheir or just plane feel good, you should skip this crappy sweetener like it’s poison.  Simply cutting HFCS out of your diet can help you big time with weight loss.

Give it a try for a few weeks. See how you feel. I’d love to hear from you.

Blessings and good health!

Shelly

Certified Holistic Helath Coach, registered with the American Association of Drugless Practritioners

Reiki Practitioner

Sunday, Sunday….my favorite homemade pancake/waffle mix

It’s been a little bit of time, I feel like,  since my last post. I got busy with the 10 Day Kick Sugar Challenge I created. The group did so well. I am proud of everyone that was a part of it. I’ll be doing another one before the summer is over so stay tuned. The recipe I am sharing today is not for those on a sugar kick. Let me start by saying that. If you are looking for a mix without added extra sugar and chemicals and are looking to bring back the family table at breakfast, keep reading.  

Recently life got busy and slightly complicated but then, a sense of familiarity washed over our home. A quiet slowness that I have not felt for the last 3 years. It was absolutly delicious. My table is full again but at the same time my husband and I have for the first time in our lives, more quiet times. Sometimes the house is full of people and it reminds me of the days I shopped at Sam’s Club and was able to grill something for a group of teens in a flash and then we would have a firepit.  But now that is peppered with an empty house and we look at each other , decide it’s date night , and off we go to enjoy this quite and spontanious time. After 26 years of marriage that started with us having kids within the first year, spontanious alone time was nothing we have ever had. I am enjoying it.

One thing I have missed was weekend waffles. I use to have this clunky old waffle maker. It did it’s job but, always without fail, no matter what we did, we had to toss the first waffles out. It drove me nuts. But once that was over, and I had the rhythm down we would be enjoying some of the best waffles ever. 

While I wont lie and say I don’t have a store bought pancake mix in the house. I do. I really prefer my own homemade pancake & waffle mix. There is many a reason as to why I stopped making my own mix. They are mostly excuses as you will see this is way to easy to make. Then the waffle iron finally kicked the applicance bucket. I washed up the canister that held my homemade mix and that was it for what feels like forever and a day since I made up that mix and made homemade waffles.

It so happened my son was home as I was using some locally picked strawberries to make jam. We sat laughing and talking and he shared how when he was smaller and I user to make jam (another thing I have not done in years)  he always hoped a few jars wouldn’t set. The reason being we would use the more liquid jam as strawberry sauce for ice cream and waffles.  Who knew that what I thought was huge mistake made my kids so happy.  We kept at making the jam and I said I hoped a few jars didn’t set too. Maybe I would make pancakes this coming weekend and we could use the “mistakes” on them. 

My birthday was a few days later and this same son, who is ever thoughtful and thinks with his tummy a lot. A quality I adore about him. Gave me a very nice waffle maker for my birthday. I have to say I am over the top happy with this gift as it is much nicer than my old one, stores easy and who knew these things came with  setting to brown the waffles or make them more crunchy.  Plus, I get to be in the kitchen cooking up things that not only make my family happy but make me happy seeing their smiles. Win, Win!!

  
So of course I got out my old family cookbook and made up some of my homemade pancake and waffle mix. 

Pancake & Waffle Mix

  • 10 cups of all purpose flour (I love to use half wheat and half white)
  • 7 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 1/2 tsps salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar

In a large airtight container measure out all ingredients and then mix. I use to mix it with a whisk, put the lid on and then pass to one of my kids to shake up. 

To use the mix you will need the following:

  • 1 1/4 cups of mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons of butter

Heat up your griddle or waffle maker first. Then mix all your ingredients together. Cook on a hot lightly oiled or buttered griddle or waffle maker. Makes about 8 to 10 pancakes or batches of waffles depending on size of your waffle maker.  I keep the waffles in the oven on the warm setting while I finish cooking the waffles if folks are not up up yet. 

  
I’d love to tell you that I had a couple of failed jars of jam. Sadly I didn’t. They all set perfectly. So I whipped up a quick sauce for the pancakes.  We had a house full of sleepover guests when I made these and so my husband and I decided to be spontanous and take our breakfast out on the deck to enjoy. It was good we did as when my youngest son got up he was covered in a very bad poison ivy rash and had a bug bite taht he was having an allergy reaction to it. So ended up our quiet momen and off to the doctors we went. You gotta love life and take the time together when you can.

  
Savor the moments!

Shelly
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