healthy recipes

Black Beans Food Processor Recipe

For a long time I had watched multiple TV shows featuring food processor recipes and I was always fascinated by the multitude of recipes and flavor combinations going into it. Well I think it was about time I had mine and yes, this week I got my very first food processor. Yay!

As it would be expected, I went surfing online hoping to find a good selection of food processor recipes. Then, I went to my pantry to see what I had. I was exhausted and didn’t feel like driving to the super market to shop for anything. A can of black beans jumped at me! Luckily, I had everything else that I could possibly need for a delicious taco dinner night.

Honestly, I found so many sources and options online that I already created a list of recipes I want to try making in my food processor. I’ll definitely add my personal twist to each one of them and will post them all here.

I went for the beans because I loved the idea of making soup bases and creams in the food processor. I knew exactly what kind of flavors I wanted to add to my beans recipe.

The beans cream came out great and it’s now my favorite recipe for potlucks. If I were to bring them to a potluck I would make white rice to go with them. However, since many people love them with chips, I could also add them on top of some cheese nachos.

I took a few short videos of me putting the ingredients in and working with the food processor. I hope the videos help show the process . Enjoy!

Here’s the Recipe:

1 can of black beans with the liquid

Juice from 1 lime

1 tsp of oregano

1 tsp of cumin

1 TSP jalapeño salsa

1/4 white onion cut in big chunks

1 TSP olive oil

1 tsp salt

Place all ingredients at once in the food processor and pulse in chop mode . Pulse until the mix is soft. If you need to add more liquid then add either 1 tsp olive oil or water and pulse again checking until you get the consistency you need or want. Taste to make sure the salt level is to your liking.

Add the mix to a pot to cook on low heat so it may be warm before serving . Alternatively, you could put it in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute or 1 -1/2 minutes . Cover the bowl with the beans with a napkin so you don’t end up with a mess in the microwave.

Enjoy the videos!

Pulsing!

Done!

In this video one of my kids is preparing the taco or mini burrito and adding the black beans mix to it! The flavor was fantastic!

Next, I will be exploring oatmeal cookies recipes. I am delighted by all the options I have. I also want to try some scone and bread dough recipes in the food processor. 🙂

I hope you try this recipe. If you do, pleas tell me how it went in the comments .

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Pumpkin Seeds at Home

After Halloween we’re left with pumpkins of all sizes here and there. Here’s a simple pumpkin seed recipe. Everyone at home loves this pumpkin seeds recipe.

Ingredients:

– Pumpkin seeds

– 1 tsp of butter

– 1 pinch of salt

Directions:

– Heat up oven at 345 F.

– Take the pumpkin seeds out of a pumpkin. Wash them throughly and place on a round baking pan or big plate where you can spread them out well. Let them air dry for about 4-6 hours or overnight.

Heat the butter until it melts and add the salt. Mix well. Add the seeds to the butter mixture. Cover a baking pan with a baking sheet. Place the seeds on the pan making sure they are well spread appart.

– Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until seeds are brown.

– Enjoy! 🙂

Very Easy Homemade Crackers Recipe

This recipe is so easy and so delicious that after making it twice, my kids already learned the recipe! I hope you try it out. It’s also very non-expensive as you probably already have all the ingredients you need in your pantry.  It’s our family favorite! Yum!

This recipe yields 30 crackers with each  being 4×2 inches ( rectangular shaped) approximately.

Ingredients

2 cups of flour; 1 Tsp salt; 1 Tablespoon of sugar; 1 Tsp baking powder ; 4 Tablespoons of meltes butter; 1.5 cups warm water.

Directions:

1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. 

2. Add water to dry mix. Start mixing in the bowl and add more water little by little until you get the correct consistency before kneading.

3. Add flour to a clean counter surface. Add flour to your hands.

4. Place the dough from the bowl into a clean counter. Knead by hand adding additional flour as needed. When the dough is no longer sticky, take a rolling pin and stretch out the dough. It should be about 1/4 or 1/8 inch thick when ready. Both thicknesses work fine. It depends on your preference.

5. Cut the dough into strips of approximately 1 inch wide. Cut each strip into rectangles or squares ( your choice) and with a fork pinch the dough. The pinching of the dough is fun but also important to get the oven heat to bake the cracker all throughout. ( My kids do the pinching of the dough, it’s their favorite part!)

6. Prepare baking pans by covering with a small amount of butter. Place the crackers into the baking pans.

7. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes or until golden on top.

Below is a short video showing you thickness of the dough and how to cut it.

My cracker shapes are very original as my kids are the ones involved in that part of the process, and having tons of fun with it. 🙂
Once you take the crackers out of the oven, let them cool. Then store them in an air tight container. Although I typically skip this step as these crackers don’t last long at home.. I never really get to store them. 🙂 
Enjoy!

Crackers in the oven.

Ready! 

Lentils and Quinoa

Served Lentils and Quinoa

Lentils and Quinoa

Quinoa has been recently been given a boost in popularity due to its many benefits! What I like the most is that it is extremely low in  carbohydrate and it fills me up much more than pasta, rice or bread, without the calories! 🙂 It is very low in cholesterol and sodium and it has magnesium and phosphorus. It’s a great source of manganese, all great nutrients so important for me and my family.
In terms of flavor I  must say I had to try several recipes to start to enjoy and learn how to prepare it well. My husband and kids followed my footsteps and now I have to prepare double portions since they all want some.
Here is my favorite recipe. It is perfect as comfort food and great for any time of the year. That said, I can also see this recipe making a great cold weather crock pot or potluck meal.
  1. Prepare lentils per package directions. Prepare 2 cups of lentils. When seasoning, only add salt, pepper to taste and one basil leave. It’s best if you prepare the lentils from scratch. I recommend that you avoid the temptation to use canned lentils. The flavors will be better if you do not use canned lentils.
  2. Prepare quinoa per package directions. Prepare 1 cup of quinoa. When seasoning the quinoa, add:
    1. 1 tsp Salt, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp red pepper flakes and 1/2 tsp nutmeg. If you don’t enjoy spicy foods then change the red pepper flakes part to 1/4 tsp.
  3. Mix the two preparations in one saucer or pot when both of them are ready. Let them cook for at least 10 minutes together. Add peas and carrots to the mix and allow the mixture to continue to cook for another 10 minutes, mixing well.
  4. Optional: Sprinkle dry parsley on top of each serving.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
Some pics to illustrate the process.. and to explain why I love this dish so much. 🙂
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Quinoa in the Bag

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Fully cooked Lentils

Mix of Lentils and Quinoa

Fully Cooked Lentils and Quinoa Cooking with Peas and Carrots.

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Yum! It’s ready to enjoy!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.. Yum!

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Beautiful Pumpkin.

Yep! Fall is here and so we went out and got a pumpkin from the store. The kids wanted me to make roasted pumpkin seeds and we did! They were delicious.. Here is the recipe.

1. Cut the pumpkin and extract the seeds. The kids did this step and had a lot of fun. Here are the pics.

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Another shot of the beautiful pumpkin

It was a beautiful pumpkin so I am putting one more picture here, just because! 🙂

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Carved Spooky pumpkin…

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Spooky Carved Pumpkin

Pumpkins were removed.. and I had the cleaning task which is simply rinsing them with cold water.

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Pumpkin Seeds before Cleaning

Prepare a pan with parchment paper and set the clean seeds in the oven at 325 F degrees for 1 hour.

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Cleaned Pumpkin Seeds

Seeds cooking some deliciousness in the oven. 🙂

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Pumpkin Seeds in the Oven

When ready, take the parchment paper off, place 1/2 tsp of oil on a pan.

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Add the seeds and season with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp cumin. Yum!

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Cumin

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Pumpkin Seeds being Seasoned with Cumin

Mix and get it back in the oven for 15 minutes..

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Pumpkin Seeds with Cumin and Salt Roasting in the Oven

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Pumpkin Seeds with Salt and Cumin Ready to Enjoy.

Wonderful and easy recipe for Fall.. I hope you can try it out. 🙂