beans, lentils; soup, preparation, etc.

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LanieG
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   Posted 4/9/2008 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
ceebee, I started this thread so you could get more responses:

"gelchick,

What kind of beans can you eat? How do you make your lentil soup? I love beans and haven't had any in months and months. Thanks:)

ceebee"


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Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/9/2008 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm putting my 2ยข in here and gonna' tell you what I do. When the family wants baked beans I mix a small can of the dark "brown sugar" baked beans with a giant can of pintos or great northerns, throw in some ketchup and garlic and mustard and bake them up for a while and they love them. Not so sweet and still delicious. I've also found that I can "bake" them in the microwave on defrost for about 25 minutes and it evaporates a lot of the liquid and makes them taste "baked". I will usually have about 1/3 to 1/2 a cup of these beans as a portion.

I also put pinto beans in my taco meat to stretch it and add fiber. about one small can to a pound of ground beef. I put my taco meat/beans mix over a nice salad with peppers, some cheese and salsa, and I have taco salad while they make tacos with it.

On my 'nothing white but cauliflower' food plan I have always included small servings of beans because they are so good for you and I don't want to feel deprived. Deprived leads to self pity on my part and then I'm rummaging thru the cupboards looking for something to eat. Gotta stay away from that feeling.
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ceebee
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   Posted 4/10/2008 12:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jeannie:)

I don't think I am eating right to stay healthy. I am so afraid to get as sick as I was before I was diagnosed. I don't let my bg get to 100 ever. If I go into the 90's, I panic. I am eating the carb and sugar control yogurt, Greek yogurt, salads and some cheese. I was anorexic as a teen and in my twenties after I had my 4 children. I do not want to go there again. Either I eat too much or too little. I have lost 80 pounds since August. and am still losing. I am going down on the pred so that doesn't seem to keep the weight on. The doctor said the pred and insulin usually puts on weight and the weight will go off faster when I am off either just the pred or both pred and insulin. I am going to try the bean recipe, it sounds good. I think I eat less because everything I eat doesn't have much taste. Thank you for being you, Jeannie, and all the help you give:)

gelchick
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   Posted 4/10/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Lanie

Thanks for posting this- I never would have seen it otherwise.

ceebee,

I can eat some beans ( black soybeans, black beans, edamame, chana dal, all lentils, split peas, baby limas, garbanzos (limited), red and white kidneys, navy).

I cannot eat pintos, adzuki, butter, turtle, pink - I have no clue why. 

I do better with all beans if I buy them dry, soak and simmer them. I just sort and soak in room temp water overnight, then throw them in a crockpot with fresh water and any seasonings and cook them on low all day until they are tender.  I make about 2 cups dry in my 1.5 qt crockpot. Lentils don't require soaking- just sort, rinse and put them in a pot-covered with a good amount of water. Bring them to a boil, turn down the heat to a simmer for 15 minutes, take them off the heat and let them stand in the water for another hour- they are ready to eat.  You can also do beans in a pressure cooker- I have had no success with pressure cookers and several huge messes to clean up- so I stay away from them. I usually cook my beans with a chunk of kombu (sea vegetable)- it's supposed to make the nutrients more bioavailable, make the beans less gas producing, and it gives them a bit of salty flavor.

I make my lentil soup in a  5 qt crockpot- and freeze extras in portion sizes. I make mine vegetarian- I take 1 qt of vegetable stock ( I use Pacific Organic if I don't have home made), 3 cups of chopped roma tomatoes ( you can use canned-2 cans), 1 chopped onion, 8 oz of shredded carrots, 1 chopped pepper (red, green, yellow), 3-4 stalks of celery, and 2 cups of dried (rinse and look for stones) lentils ( I make mixtures of red, green, and brown lentils) and throw it in the crockpot. I add 4-5 bay leaves, greek oregano, sweet basil, and some cinnamon, then cover the items with water and set the crockpot on high. When it comes to a boil, I give it a quick stir, turn the heat to low and cook until everything is soft and the lentils are cooked (4-5 hours). I add 2 packagess of rinsed orzo (miracle noodles), or 1 cup of cooked quinoa or barley; then add a package of chopped Morningstar farms steak strips and a package of seitan (that would be about 1 pound of beef or chicken chunks I think)- stir it up and drizzle the top of the crock with olive oil and cook it on low for about another 30 minutes.

I think you could add beef or chicken chunks right at the beginning- my veggie meat sources are pre-cooked so I add them last. I takes me about 20 minutes of assembly time, and I get 20 cups out of it. It freezes well too. I fish out the bay leaves at the end so my husband doesn't eat them. My daughter makes hers with a shot of lemon juice and she leaves out the cinnamon- but I like it better with the cinnamon.

I do baked beans in my crockpot and also black bean chili- if you want those let me know. I also make a nice tomato-based veggie soup- all in the crockpot ( I have 3 and use them all the time- I am so lazy.)

sandy

 


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LanieG
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   Posted 4/10/2008 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I make a cold marinated bean salad with three kinds of beans (usually): garbanza, pinto and northern beans - but any beans you like are fine.  I combine them with grated or diced onions and cucumbers with chopped fresh parsley, cilantro and basil.  Add olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Sometimes I add white wine to the marinade.  Add other ingredients like a tomato or some celery if you want - whatever you like.  I can eat about 1/3 cup along with a meal and I don't spike unless I eat too much of the salad.   

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/10/2008 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Lanie!!! YUM! That sounds super delicious. Can't wait to make that one.

ceebee, you made me smile. I've had a row with my female parental unit and she believes me to be the most evil person who walks the earth. Thanks for the shot in the arm.

Anybody who wants to know specifics of beans can email me at jeannie143 at sbcglobal dot net. My late Aunt was a sales rep for the Michigan Bean Commission and I've got her "Factoid/Cookbook" to draw on for info.

One hint that she taught me to lower gas problems is to do your overnight soak changing the water part way thru. I start mine to soak before dinner and then change the water before I go to bed. Then be sure to use fresh water for cooking. Never cook the beans in the soaking water.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


LanieG
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   Posted 4/10/2008 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there, Jeannie.  And I'd like to add a variation to the cold bean salad:  Serve a scoop of this over shredded lettuce with a couple of hard-boiled egg slices/wedges.  Drizzle extra olive oil over it with a squeeze of lime or sprinkle True Lemon or Lime and some paprika. With a couple of cubes of cheddar on the side, it makes a great summer meal, very festive, too.  (And I absolutely agree about changing the water you soak the beans in.) 



Lanie
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ceebee
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   Posted 4/10/2008 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi:)
I went to the doctor today and am down to 10mg pred as of today. I also lost 8 more pounds in three weeks. The nurse wanted to now how I did it on pred and insulin. Told her about the nothing white but cauliflower. She is going to try it and can't wait until I come back to see how it works for her. I was never able to lose weight his fast before. I am going to try the beans little by little and see which ones work for me. They all sound sooooo good. If I lose 30 more pounds, I will be underweight, so hope it stops then. I eat total vegan now(except for cheese) with tofu for soups. I am having trouble keeping the bg up so will keep cutting the lantus. Learning the nothing white but cauliflower saved my life:) Thanks for all the help and encouragement:)

gelchick
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   Posted 4/11/2008 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   

YAY ceebee!

I have plenty of tofu and seitan recipes if you're in need. There is a Vegetarian Low Carb recipe book at Amazon - you might want to take a look at it (Library? Borders?) for more ideas to increase your variety.

sandy


I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett

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