Pioneer Woman at Heart
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One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Monday, May 19, 2014
Weekend Tidbits ~ Baked Beans with Bulgur
"Are these good sheets your using?" exclaimed Hubby.
"Yep." I calmly answered. "Unless you want to lose any of these 50-some plants to frost."
In between rain showers, work continued over the weekend - repairs, cleaning coops, yard work, garden work, and indoor chores (which included a complete cleaning of the refrigerator). Of course Hubby made sure he was scarce for those jobs, but felt guilty when he had returned. It took me 2 hours to clean the fridge alone (not even cleaning the freezer). He must have felt very guilty, because he weeded my rose bed while I was inside making creamed corn for dinner.
With the extra rain, I took a teensy bit of "chill time" to read over some recipes. By teensy I mean miniscule. Sunday we hit the garden, yard and flower beds hard. I was so tired Sunday night, but I still put together chicken kabobs to grill around 7pm.
Anyway, one recipe caught my eye - Baked beans with Bulgur. I decided to make it without the salt pork (one kiddo does not like bacon), using vegetable stock, and sorghum vs. regular molasses. I also baked it in the crock pot vs. the oven (for 8 hours) I'm sharing the recipe.
Baked Beans with Bulgur
(adapted from Home Grown Whole Grains, by Sara Pitzer)
1 cup dry navy beans
1 cup bulgur
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup sorghum
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dry mustard
3 cups stock (or water)
Rinse and soak beans overnight in cold water (directions are on the package as well). In the morning drain and rinse them. Place them in a crock pot with remaining ingredients, and cook on low for 8 hours. Note: I used 4 cups organic/non-gmo vegetable broth and 2 cups water. It's just what I had on hand. Also, I did have to stir this every so often, as the bulgur will stick to the crock pot sides.
The flavor was delicious. You can definitely taste a different texture due to the half beans/half bulgur mixture. I don't think everyone (who is used to simple baked beans) will like this, but my family loved it. Hubby loved it even more, because he knew it was good for us.
I had a minor emergency trip to town this morning, so (with a delayed start) I stopped in for an update. However, I am heading back out to the garden (after I put another load laundry out on the clothesline). I forgot how painful gardening is to the body.
It's all good.