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Oct. 1st, 2008

So I'm putting away the pasta sauce, spooning it into freezer bags and putting the bags in the freezer. I'm thinking I should save some out to put on some pasta. Except I don't have any pasta. Conscious choice. I have some rice, but the point was more to get a higher protein intake.

I rummage through the kitchen shelves, and I find beans. Cool! Beans are high on the protein list, I need to soak 'em overnight, but I can combine them with the pasta sauce with the enhanced meat and peppers. And I'm thinking this is possibly the coolest idea ever, when I realize...

...it's chili.



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Oct. 2nd, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
Also check Italian recipes for stuff like this (adjust recipe as necessary):

Fagioli all'uccelletto (Beans in tomato sauce)

* Preparation time: 10 minutes.
* Cooking time: 2 hours 30 minutes.
* Standing time: 15 minutes.
* 600g dried cannellini beans.
* 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil.
* 300g tomatoes.
* Garlic.
* Sage.
* Salt.
* Black pepper.

Cook the beans as described in the previous recipe. Put the oil, garlic and sage into a large saucepan and warm over a medium heat. Add the beans with just a little moisture, cover and cook for five minutes to let the flavours come out. Add the puréed tomatoes, salt and pepper and cook for another ten minutes. Before serving, leave to stand for about fifteen minutes. These beans are delicious with boiled meats and sausages.

Pellegrino Artusi wrote of: "Beans, cooked with the same ingredients as for small birds. These beans are a good accompaniment for boiled meat, if you don't want to eat them on their own".

I've also used green beans instead of pasta in spaghetti recipes, and ground chicken or turkey is a good lean protein in it, if you spice it right. ;-)

Edited at 2008-10-02 06:14 am (UTC)
Oct. 3rd, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
The recipe ingredients for your sauce sounded like chili to me, so why not? It is October. Perfect time for chili! :P
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