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Quicker method for cooking dry beans

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Dried beans are inexpensive and easy to cook. Many people see the soaking and sometimes 2 day process, as a hassle. I don't blame them. This weekend I wanted to cook some pinto beans I had for a taco dinner. I didn't plan ahead, so I decided to try the quick soak method I had read about. It worked great. It's still requires a few hours of cooking but no special equipment.
Ingredients
2.5 cups dried beans
8 cups of water (final cook)
1 onion or 2-3 Mexican onions chopped 2-4 garlic cloves (whole)
1 dried chili pepper (optional)



Power soak
1. Wash the beans and remove any small stones.
2. Place beans in a pot and fill with water about 2-3 inches above the beans.
3. Bring to a boil and continue to boil for 3 minutes.
4. Turn off heat, cover with a lid and let sit undisturbed​ for 1 hour.
Meanwhile
1. Coarsely chop onion.
2. Preheat large Dutch oven or cast iron bean pot on medium heat.
3. Add onions and dry saute covering with lid in between stirring. This traps the steam that…

My latest go to quick breakfast

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I don't have time for elaborate breakfasts most days. I often find myself at a coffee shop grabbing an oatmeal which is ok, but the portions are very small and they don't ever taste as good as I want them to. The real problem with the coffee shop oatmeal is that I don't feel satiated until lunch. I need a full tummy or at least something that has a enough bulk to make me feel full without consuming 1200 calories! I've also learned that foods that digest slower seem to help me feel full for longer. (side note: for more on calorie density and satiety click over here.)

So what's my answer?

Bulk-potatoes
Slow digestion/protein-beans

Some days I have precooked potatoes on hand. Usually I roast a 3 lb bag on Sunday to have for the week. In that case I pick three potatoes, mash them with a fork and dump some beans on top and warm in the microwave. Of course I must season to my taste with various toppings.

What type of potatoes?

Lately the waxier potatoes. Gold or red. Rus…

Veggie Burger Variation Black Eyed Peas with white rice

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Beans:
kidney beans
black eyed peas

Starch:
Cal Rose medium grain white rice

Tomato/liquid:
365 Roasted Chipotle Salsa

Spice/Seasoning:
David's Veggie Rub (no salt seasoning)
A dash of garlic salt

Served with/on:
one bun
pickled veggies
super greens
vegan evangelist sriracha mustard