Thursday, February 19, 2009

You just gotta love those lips!
Here we are at the Chinese/Japanese tea garden last week when Dad was here.  I mean Grandpa.  And no, I'm not trying to insult either China or Japan-- the tea garden was labled in one place as "chinese" and in another as "japanese".  So which is it?  I don't know.  Good job at insulting two countries, San Antonio!
And now for the Brazilian Black Bean Stew recipe!  Seriously, is there any way to go wrong with these ingredients??? Mmmmm!
Brazilian Black Bean Stew

1Tbsp Olive Oil
1/4lb Sausage
13/lb cooked ham, chopped (we used neither sausage nor ham-- we used pulled chicken.  You can use whatever meat you want or have on hand).
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves minced garlic (we used 4)
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 large red bell pepper, diced (we used one red, one yellow, one green)
2 (14.5oz) cans diced tomato with juice
1 small hot green chili pepper, diced
1 1/2 C. water (we used 2 cups chicken broth)
2 (16oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained (we used bagged beans since they are so cheap)
1 mango, peeled seeded and diced
Fresh chopped cilantro to taste
salt to taste

1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat.  Cook onions until soft.  Add garlic, cook until soft.  Mix in sweet potatoes, bell peppers, tomatoes with juice, chili pepper, water (or stock), and meat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.  Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.

2.  Stir beans into the pot, cook uncovered until heated through.  Mix in mango and cilantro, season with salt.  Eat!  Yum!!

We eat ours plain or serve it over quinoa (although you can also serve with rice).  It's a good idea to mix a bit of some sort of fat (coconut oil, butter, sour cream) into the stew when served to make sure your body can absorb all those fat-soluable vitamins!   Enjoy!!

Ezekiel's new favorite thing to do is sit on the couch :)


Greg, Jessy, Grace, Jack, Nora, and Lexi said...

Oh, he is too cute. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to try the soup...we are vegetarian so I'm always game for some new, tasty recipes. I didn't get your e-mail, try sending it here instead gregandjessy at hotmail dotcom. Ok, all the kids are sleeping (or resting quietly) so I really need to get off the computer and get some bathrooms cleaned. Blah!

Nathan and Aimee said...

I love the video with the sweet yawn and also the great green sling in the photo. I so shoulda sprung for some of that fabric while I was there... I was going to call yesterday but my phone was in the van at Nathan's work. I'll call soon! Love, Aimee

Kristin said...

Jessy- yup, I meant to mention that this recipe can easily be made vegetarian! It's really good either way.

Paige said...

Oh my gosh! Kristin! He's so cute and chubby! I loved his little yawn!

And the soup looks amazing! I'll be sure to copy it down and put it in my stack of "to try" recipes! And you know...I think I have almost all the ingredients!

Luanne in Ohio said...

Hi Ezekiel -

You look so cute, and like such a big boy on the couch with your special Beanie dragon. I love your yawn,'s hard work being in all these cool videos.

I miss you SO MUCH...and your mommy and daddy, too. I'm glad you had a good time with your Grandpa.

Sleep well, little man!
Grandma Luanne in Ohio

Luanne in Ohio said...

Kristin -

OK...that first picture of Ezie with those adorable lips.....he's going to be able to do the "Kristin Pout" !! Will people in San Antonio be able to resist it?!? (I will email you a picture of the Kristin Pout, just in case you forget.)

Oh...and you would be proud of me. I bought my first organic chicken breasts for the healthy lifestyles class.

Love, Mom

Greg, Jessy, Grace, Jack, Nora, and Lexi said...

Ok, I'm a dork. I totally missed the ham/meat in that recipe before I commented. Either way, I've found a lot of recipes work just fine even without the meat.