I am looking for different kinds of bean recipes, and good vegetarian recipes.
I am getting away from eating a lot of meat.
I've included my 15 bean soup recipe - L.M.
Soak beans over night in enough water to cover. Drain. Put in 3 cups pf water, or more if desired, cook beans for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until beans are tender. Add remaining ingredients and cook for 1 more hour.
Thanks also for your 15 bean soup recipe. I think you've discovered the eat-beans formula: cook beans, (or open a can or the freezer), add grains, veggies, spices, eat, yum!
We've found that onions and garlic with beans increases the gas factor, so we use one or more of these gas reducing spices: pinch of asoefetida (hing), ginger, bay leaf, or fennel - they all help make beans more digestible. Paprika is great too. Cumin is good, and pepper, and herbs - you've noticed that too!
Note that asafoetida is very strong. Just use a small pinch, and heat it first in oil to reduce bitterness. It's also an onion and garlic substitute for people who can't do onions (like me).
The Japanese seaweed Kombu is also recommended for gas. Add a strip to the beans while cooking, and fish it out when the beans are cooked. I also use kombu in soup stocks - it's a good source of minerals.
We use fresh veg, mostly. If you sauté or fry the veggies in one or two Tblsp oil, then add the spices and fry 2 minutes, that increases flavor and color. It makes the stew taste richer. If you steam the veggies covered for a few minutes, before adding the beans, that makes the cooking go much faster. The beans + grain can be cooking while you prep the veggies and sauté and steam them.
If you want to combine fresh and frozen veg, just add the frozen veg in the last few minutes as they cook very quickly. A little soy sauce or Braggs liquid aminos added at the end is also nice.
Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian