Saturday, July 30, 2016

Mindy's favorite slow cooker vegetarian chili


2 cups of mixed dried beans (navy, black, great northern, pinto, whatever you have hanging around in your cupboards)
1/2 cup lentils
1 red pepper, seeded and diced
1 green pepper, seeded and diced
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 - 28 oz. can of stewed or diced tomatoes (or 3 large fresh tomatoes, diced)
2 tablespoons oregano
2 teaspoons cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper or Mrs. Dash
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
4 vegetable bouillon cubes (or 4 teaspoons vegetable broth base)
1/4 pound salt pork (optional for "truly" vegetarian)
water, for soaking and cooking


  1. Rinse beans and pick over for nasty ones or stones.
  2. Cover beans with about 5 cups of cold water and soak over night (or at least 6 hrs.) in your 6-quart slow cooker crock.
  3. Add bouillon cubes, tomatoes, both peppers, onion, garlic, and seasonings -- stir.
  4. Add cold water to cover ingredients, if needed.
  5. Cover, cook on low setting for 6-8 hours.
  6. Halfway through cooking process add lentils and top with more water, if needed.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Louise's Easy Pizza Bread


2 lbs of Pizza Dough (I use Hannaford's multi-grain dough, but the canned kind is okay too)
2 cups Mozzarella cheese, grated (or your favorite pizza cheese)
1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
1/3 cup olive oil
1 – 8 oz package of pepperoni
1 lb ground beef
1 teaspoon of fresh garlic or garlic powder
1 tablespoon chives (fresh or dried)
10 links of brown and serve breakfast sausage


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown ground beef with garlic and chives - drain & cool.
  3. Cut pizza dough into bite sized pieces add oil and toss so that the oil is spread evenly on each piece of dough.
  4. Cut the pepperoni and sausage into smaller pieces.
  5. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  6. Transfer into a large greased bunt pan. (I usually have enough for a loaf pan also).  
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes (or until the top is brown and the center is thoroughly cooked).
  8. Be sure to check it in the middle before you pull it out. If the middle is still not cooked thoroughly - leave it in another 5 minutes at a time until it's done.
  9. Flip over on to a plate while it's still hot.
  10. Serve with a side of red sauce and enjoy!

Note: This is simple and works great for pot luck meals or small family get-togethers.