Archive for September, 2010

Peruana Beans

These beans originated from Mexico. I saw some for sale in the store this morning and bought them. Found this recipe from and changed it to my liking. She had changed it to her liking also.

Peruana Bean concoction

½ lb. peruano beans
6 c. water
½ lb. cubed boiling potatoes1 bayleaf
1 t. ground cumin
1 t. oregano
1 ½ t. salt
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
1 medium bell pepper, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic
2 T. oil

Cook beans for 30 minutes, then add the remaining ingredients and cook for another 30 minutes. I’ll add 1 c. canned pumpkin since I have some already opened.

This is the finished soup, except for the canned pumpkin. I decided to put this in a hay box to keep it warm until we eat later today. more on hay box cookers

Using my method of blankets in a bin works very well.

Here’s my process:

la la la la la – trying to use up more space so this picture will go down lower and center on the middle of the page : ) : ) : )

The canned pumpkin is added in the following picture.

I walked the dog and myself in a park this morning early then went to the grocery to store so I could make the following dish for tonight. Needed some broccoli, parsley and a couple tomatoes. I also bought some celery, lettuce, salmon, the peruana beans and chow mein noodles. I will make this manana because it doesn’t really go with potatoes and beans : )
Click on the recipe to see larger version.

These 2 pictures are from Readers Digest Great Recipes for Good Health – a wonderful thrift store find : )

weight ticker

I have lost some weight. I was way up over 155 pounds, the highest pregnant weight over 18 years ago. Now through eating a restricted diet, eliminating most breads and sweets and meats, I dropped down to 142. I still want to lose a little more.

My Body Mass Index needs to be under 25 and it is currently a little over.

I want to visit our local whole foods store soon. It is a distance of 16 miles away, but a once-a-month trip would be good.

from wikipedia:

The body mass index (BMI), or Quetelet index, is a heuristic measure of body weight based on a person’s weight and height. Though it does not actually measure the percentage of body fat, it is used to estimate a healthy body weight based on a person’s height. Due to its ease of measurement and calculation, it is the most widely used diagnostic tool to identify weight problems within a population, usually whether individuals are underweight, overweight or obese. It was invented between 1830 and 1850 by the Belgian polymath Adolphe Quetelet during the course of developing “social physicsImperial units

I had been “overweight,” but now I am leaning toward “normal.” : ) YAY!

black beans



Black Beans Recipe

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

5 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 medium onions (diced as big as you want)
3-5 garlic cloves (diced as big as you want)
1/8 tablespoon cayenne ( or more)
1/4 tablespoon black pepper (or more)
2 tablespoons cumin (or more to your liking)
2 tablespoons basil (or more to your liking)
1/2 tablespoon oregano (or more to your liking)
1 tablespoon coriander (ground)
1 can black bean (I like organic)
1 tomato (diced as big as you want)


Add EVERYTHING EXCEPT Black Bean and Tomatoes, and saute until soft (approximately 5 minutes).

Add in Beans and Tomato, and heat it till bubbly.

Makes: 6


dear m-i-l is in hospital with diverticultis – glad she is getting some good care and pray she will overcome this.



– water
– seeds
– nuts
– grasses
– herbs
– roots
– fruits
– vegetables
– cereals


– sugar
– sweets
– biscuits
– crisps
– chocolate
– cola and soft-drinks
– fats & oils
– cigarettes and alcohol
– pharmaceutical drugs
– chemicals, pesticides, and preservatives (loads of them)
– etc.


Drink H2O and eat fiber.

cayenne pepper cures

from earth clinic folk remedies
cayenne pepper cures

Looking forward to using cayenne pepper more after we get back from our vacation to camp and hike in the great state of CO.

Acid reflux has been a problem in our family in the past. I thought cayenne pepper would aggravate this, but this fine article says otherwise. Plus, there are several other things mentioned that will improve and remove acid reflux condition.

health benefits of cayenne pepper