So that whole “new recipe” inspiration from watching Julie & Julia has got me on a mission to toss out our tired, old, boring recipes. If I eat spaghetti one.more.time I may refuse to ever eat again. (Not saying my spaghetti is BAD, in fact, it’s good! Just saying I’m sick to death of it!) I’ve wandered past the aisle in the store many times– the one with all the bags of misc dried beans, veggies, and other mysteries of the culinary world. Well, the last shopping trip, I was determined to try something new.
We picked up two bags of the 15 bean mix. You know the kind. It has a dried version of every bean you have ever heard of, plus a few that you haven’t. Side note: We used mass quantities of those bags in Girl Scouts when I was about 9; we glued them to wooden turkey cut outs for Thanksgiving. Mine was pretty awesome. Wonder where that went…. Hmmm.
Back to the topic at hand…. Oh yeah. So I took it out of the cabinet a few times this past week. And then promptly put it back to revert to frozen pizza or chicken or a roast. Much simpler, or so I thought. R’s mom passed me a recipe for it today, so I decided that NOW was the time. I hear it’s better the next day, so I tossed the ingredients into the CrockPot & called it good.
What I used:
Handy-dandy slow cooker (as pictured below!)
A bag of dried 15-bean soup mix
A few slices of extra-thick bacon
A large can of diced tomatoes (juice & all)