Green Beans

Also known as snap beans, wax beans or string beans, green beans usually abound in the spring season, though better quality crops can be grown in the fall season. Green beans can be further sub-categorized into ‘pole beans’ or ‘bush beans’ depending on whether they require poles for support during growth or not. Long, skinny…

Cooking 101: How To Prepare & Use Dry Beans

Cooking with dried beans is easy and more economical than buying canned beans (which often contain salt as part of the ingredients). It just takes a little time. You can often buy a big bag of dried beans that will make double or triple the amount of cooked beans. In practice when I work with…

Vegan Sweet Potato Black Bean Mash

Do you like sweet potato? Black beans? If you answered ‘yes’ to both questions, then here is a simple yet satisfying plant-based recipe for you! It uses less than ten ingredients and is a delicious combination of sweet with savory from the mix of sweet potato with caramelized onions and black beans. Pair this vegan,…

White Bean Veggie Stir-Fry

Have you ever tried using white beans like small white navy beans in your Asian dishes? It’s simple and easy to do. Here is a quick and easy stir-fry recipe that everyone in your family will love. This White Bean Veggie Stir-Fry is vegan, egg-free, dairy-free and nut-free. If you want to make this dish…

Fast Kitchen: Steam Cook – Here’s Why

When you hear the word ‘steamed’, does a picture of bland and unappetizing vegetables pop your head? If so, I am sure you are not alone. Actually, the absolute KEY to steaming is to steam just long enough for a food to be cooked through and tender (think ‘al dente’). Don’t over-steam. If you do, the…

Sautéed Sesame Beet Leaves

I love the color of fresh beet leaves. They are a vibrant green that contrasts beautifully with the reddish stalks. Some time ago, I found myself with some beets leaves and stems, so decided to try cooking them. After all, if beets are so good for you (to learn about the nutritional value of beets,…

No-Bake Chocolate Cookie Hearts

This past Valentine’s Day, I was at a bit of a loss on what to make my husband. I knew I wanted it to be something in the form of hearts and I wanted it to be special (of course) but I also wanted to try and create a different recipe. So, inspired by the…

Are There Differences Between Blenders & Food Processors?

To those who are relatively new to the world of kitchen appliances, there IS a difference between blenders and food processors. According to a 2012 Consumer Reports news article, “A blender is better at mixing drinks and whipping up smoothies, while a food processor is ideal for chopping, slicing and shredding. You can puree foods…