Thursday, January 5, 2012

National Bean Day and Cosmic Reminders

You know those nights when you get home late and you really don't want to cook but you still want something warm and satisfying. This is the go-to weight loss surgery friendly dinner I make. It is a sort of a quickie cassoulet.

Shelly's Quickie Cannelini Cassoulet

1 Yellow Onion, chopped
1 (15 oz) can Cannelini Beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup Cooked Sausage Crumbles (I use those Jimmy Dean crumbles)
dash of Greek or Italian Seasonings
a few twists of Black Pepper
Crumbled Feta Cheese

Saute the onion till golden. Add drained beans and seasonings. While the drained beans are heating through. Nuke the sausage crumbles for a minute. Leftover Turkey or Beef work great too. Even a chopped up mini meatloaf in a real pinch. Toss sausage (or whatever) together with beans. Stir to combine. Serve warm with crumbled feta on top.

I get this great goat's milk feta from the farmer's market but really any cheese will do (feta, ricotta, ricotta salada, goat cheese, queso fresco, cotija, even Parmesan in a pinch)

I've had a ton of these nights lately. One of the causes is a huge cleaning and organization project in the garage. It's resulted in 5 thrift store donations (by car, darn 2-seater only holds so much) and 1 truck pick-up. I was going to have a yard sale. I kept shoving stuff off to the side to have one. I could have really used the $$ but I finally just thought, "That's it, it's going. I'll hope for some good karma for putting it all back out into the universe for free." I gathered it all up and donated it. Then as I was moving boxes I found this...

There you go. The sign I already was rewarded and anything I can do to pay that blessing forward I will gladly do. By the way, 26/28 wasn't my biggest size, just before surgery I was buying 30/32's at Avenue's. Now... Small/Mediums and Size 4 pants. Ohhh yeah I have been rewarded. BIG TIME. Thank you universe for the cosmic reminder.

Back to the Bean Day celebrating. Here's some other favorite Eggface bean dishes...

Shelly's BBQ Baked Bean Casserole
Shelly's "Award Winning" Jazzy New Orleans Muffaletta Salad :)
Shelly's Savory Garbanzo Bean Crepes
Shelly's Chick Pea Fritters
Shelly's Mexican Beef & Bean Bake
Shelly's Cannellini Bean Mash
Shelly's Italian Beef & Bean Soup
Shelly's Cannelini Bean Soup
Shelly's Black Bean Soup
Shelly's Chickpea Deviled Eggs
Shelly's Chicken & Chickpea Salad
Shelly's Greek Three Bean Salad
Shelly's Italian Bean Salad
Shelly's Kidney Bean Soup
Shelly's Greek Bean Salad
Shelly's Chicken Cacciatore with Beans
Shelly's Roasted Chickpeas
Shelly's Beef & Bean Bites
Shelly's Greek Hummus Rounds
Shelly's Burrito Peppers

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mm said...

Beans, beans, the musical fruit.

Kelly said...

Congratulations! 30/32 to a 4? Yes, please. :-) I am 8 months out and down 85 (108 total) since surgery on April 11th. One question I have is, what is the serving size on the recipe you featured today? Thanks so much for all of the recipes. I <3 beans!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

LOL Beth


Kelly, Thank you :) I eat about 1/2 cup (5 1/2 years out) but I rarely put serving size on recipes because you know 8 weeks versus 4 years... servings should be determined by your medical posse based on your stage.

Nalyce23 said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you found that tag! It's those little reminders along the way that seem to keep me motivated and remind me of how far I have come :)Congratulations to you!!! And thank you for this great is definately one of my favorites!

Mary Kate said...

ahh yes, the Avenue 30/32. that was me prior to surgery. 24 pants are falling off me now 5 weeks out! Love your recipes, my husband is quite happy that I'm cooking again! said...

Hi Shelly, thanks for always posting simple recipes that use nutritious foods.

Shanda said...

Must be a great feeling! Congratulations to you. It is nice to get those little reminders. I'm in 26/28 right now myself. Started at a size 38/40. I donated 18 bags of clothes last month. I was going to have a garage sale too but just decided to donate. I am too hoping that the karma comes back to me! :)