Shawn’s Baked Beans

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve never been a huge fan of baked beans.  And then I had this.  In a hats off to a Full English Breakfast (since it’s been 3 years since our trip to London), Shawn decided to make these today, and they were *awesome.*  The first time I’ve ever really liked baked beans.  They would be good for breakfast, and they also made a great side dish.  Can’t wait until he makes them again!

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Black Eyed Peas with Bacon

We always do black eyed peas for New Years Day, because…well, they’re supposed to be lucky!  And even more delicious with bacon (what isn’t?!).  Made this as instructed and it was excellent – this is from Serious Eats.  You can adapt this for canned beans – just less liquid, and combine everything in a sautee pan instead of the oven until the beans are heated through.

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Mexican-style Black Beans

For an easy side dish with any Latin or Mexican-style dish, this is a fun one.  We made this to go with lettuce wrap tacos, but it also would do well on its own as a filling for a taco, etc. I usually cut a bit of the chili – a little goes a long way with the beans, I feel.  It also makes excellent leftovers, and is a bit less heavy than doing rice and black beans (another favorite of mine).   I love a little cotija cheese sprinkled over them as well. 🙂

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Kale, Sausage, and Black Bean Soup

Flavorful, versatile and filling soup using kale, chicken sausage, and black beans. You could easily substitute cannellini or great northern beans if you like, and you would do just as well with spinach as kale. This made approximately 6 servings, plenty of leftovers for lunch! I chose a chicken sausage with spinach and feta for this, but I think a sundried tomato or Italian would also be nice. We really enjoyed it.

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Hoppin’ John

There have been very few New Years Days in my adult life that I have not eaten black-eyed peas in some form.  I’m not a superstitious person, but I happen to love black-eyed peas, so why tempt fate?  Can always use a little extra luck to start the year, right?  This is the rendition of Hoppin’ John I’ve been using over the years.  It’s been a lot of recipes mish-mashed into one.  This year I admit I lightened it up a little bit with less oil, turkey bacon instead of regular bacon, etc, but it was still excellent.  It may have to make an appearance more than just New Years Day!

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Sausage and Bean Soup

I’m fairly certain that this is the first thing I learned how to cook. Since then, I’ve adapted it a bunch, used all kinds of different sausage and beans. I still make it fairly regularly and it’s still one of my favorites!

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