Recipe: "Broke" Bean Stew

I just made this recipe and it’s soooo delicious! It’s called “Broke” Bean Stew because the ingredients are good for a small budget.

1 T olive oil
1 large yellow or white onion, chopped
1 T chopped garlic
1 (28 oz) can fire roasted tomatoes (I used plain diced)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp red chile flakes
3 (15 1/2 oz) cans beans – choose chickpeas, kidney, pinto, black, or white beans – rinsed and drained (I used 4 cans – kidney, white, black, pinto)
4 cups (2 cans) fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 c chopped cilantro (I didn’t use this)
3 cups fresh baby spinach leaves or 3 cups chopped kale or swiss chard
In a 4-quart (I used 6-quart) saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes, until softened but not browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Do not brown the garlic.
Add the tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, and chile flakes. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Add 2 cans of beans (I did 3) and 3 1/2 cups of the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer.
Meanwhile, place the remaining can of beans (I used white beans) and 1/2 cup of broth in a food processor or blender. Add the cilantro, if desired, and puree or blend until smooth.
Add the puree to the stew. Add the greens and heat until wilted. Stir well and serve hot.
Makes 10 (1-cup) servings
160 calories
8 g protein
26 g carbs (7 g sugars)
3 g fat (0 g saturated)
0 mg cholesterol
7 g fiber
330 mg sodium

the honeymoon is over…

This first week at home has definitely been interesting. Since returning from our honeymoon, Spencer had the stomach flu on Sunday. Then I had it yesterday. I also found out that a job that I had been offered has been rescinded. Now we’re not quite sure what to do, since bills are starting to arrive and we’re living off of my measly 10 hours a week.

Now, as I sit, sipping a mug of hot chocolate before bed, I am thankful for all the blessings God has poured out on us, even in the midst of trouble.

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Starting out

I think blogging looks like a lot of fun. I’m not sure what I will do with this blog, but I’d really like to keep track of newlywed life & post pictures along the way.

It’s been 18 days since our wedding! We enjoyed our honeymoon cruise to Alaska and are now using every spare moment to get our new house in order.

Here’s some pictures from the wedding, for anyone who didn’t get a chance to see the 1,300 pictures on facebook. 🙂