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Trader Joe’s Lentil App
June 8, 2014, 4:51 am
Filed under: appetizer, Cocktail, Company, favorites, Health, side dish

Mix together the entirety of all three containers
and serve with crackers or a baguette. Delightful and healthier than a lot of appetizers. Also good as a summer side dish.


Brett’s Pinto Beans
May 25, 2011, 12:19 am
Filed under: appetizer, Cocktail, Company, favorites, Health, main course, side dish, Uncategorized

1) Soak about 3 pounds of pinto beans in water overnight (water level should be about 3x the height of the beans; they soak up a lot of water).
2) Pour out remaining water and then refill until water line is about 1″ – 2″ over the top of the beans.
3) Chop 1 sweet onion, 5 cloves of garlic, and 5 strips of bacon and add to the pot.
4) Bring to a boil.
5) Add salt and pepper to desired seasoning.
6) Reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 5 hours. Add water if water line drops below top of the beans.

Roasted Root Vegetables w. Truffle Oil
May 10, 2011, 11:33 pm
Filed under: appetizer, Cocktail, Company, side dish

Make this with whatever combination of root vegetables you have on hand! The below is a guideline only. After loving truffle oil on fattening things (mac and cheese, fries, etc), enjoying the indulgence on something so healthy feels awesome!

Brussel sprouts
1 rutabaga (peeled and diced
1 fennel bulb (halved and cut into strips)
1 daikon (peeled and diced)
1 large onion (cut into large slices)
Garlic cloves (chopped)
a few TBs olive oil
a few TBs balsamic vinegar
salt to taste
truffle oil to taste
fresh herbs of your choice

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place chopped veggies in a bowl and toss with oil, vinegar, and salt. Place in glass roasting dishes and bake for 45 minutes or until caramelized. Stir every 10-15 minutes to avoid burning. Remove from heat, drizzle with truffle oil, toss with herbs, and serve!