Thursday, February 25, 2016

Old Settler's Beans

 Make a double batch--there were no leftovers at my house!  Loved by young and old alike, this will be a hit at your next covered dish supper or BBQ.


1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. bacon, cut in small pieces
1 large onion, diced
1 can green butter beans (I think it's probably Lima beans, so that is what I used)
1 can kidney beans
1 can pork & beans, undrained
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1/4 cup catsup
1/2 T. dry mustard
2 T. molasses
Dash of Worcestershire sauce

1.  In a dutch oven, brown the hamburger, bacon , and onion together.  Do not drain.
2.  Add all the beans and stir together.
3.  Mix the remaining ingredients together and then add to the bean/meat mixture.  Stir to combine.
4.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

NOTE:  This can be cooked over hot coals for about an hour and would be great on a camping trip.

Source:  My friends Tim & Casey Van Buskirk of Tucson, AZ.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Yummy Healthy Spinach Salad

This recipe was shared on Facebook with no title, so I gave it one.  Oh goodness.  Here is a quote from the original post: "This SPINACH-based salad will boost the thyroid gland's output of metabolism-reviving hormones!"


5 oz. fresh spinach (half a 10-oz. bag)
3/4 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1 15-oz. can mandarin oranges (or fresh Cuties/Halos, or 1 cup pomegranate seeds.  I used the mandarins.)
1 large Granny Smith apple, cut in bite-size pieces
1 t. lemon juice
1/3 cup pecans--I toasted mine in butter and a little sea salt
Optional: Feta cheese & orecchiette pasta (did you know that means little ears?)

Dressing: (I made this separately, in case I needed to adjust the amount I poured on the salad):
4 T. olive oil or vegetable oil
2 T. apple cider vinegar
2 T. white wine vinegar
2-4 t. white sugar (or honey or Stevia to taste)--I used 3 t. sugar
1/8 t. each of paprika, onion powder
1 T. poppy seeds

Just throw it all together and enjoy!

I also added grilled chicken to this.  Makes a great main dish salad that way.

Source:  Tammy Elmore, Facebook, 1/5/16.