I think the reason I like to cook is because there are always challenges of new recipes and new ingredients to try. Today we have so many sources for new dishes to try including the internet, cookbook and TV shows. This past week I have been using easy, time saving recipes. Today I am sharing a very traditional southern meal that I prepared last week. Normally I would use dried pintos and soak them overnight and then cook them in the crockpot the next day. Last week, I used canned beans and my husband prepared the cabbage. I used Martha White cornbread mix for my cornbread.
This is how I prepared the beans
Easy Pinto Beans
2 15 and 1/2 ounce cans of Pinto Beans, undrained
1 tablespoon of minced onion flakes
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
I put the two cans of undrained pinto beans in a microwave dish. I added the seasonings and microwaved the dish for about 10 minutes. I placed the dish in the refrigerator and my husband warmed it in the microwave until heated throughout for our evening meal.
This is how my husband prepared the cabbage. Cabbage was a staple in our home when I was growing up and I have eaten cabbage cooked in bacon grease, fat back and butter. I think this cabbage prepared in olive oil is absolutely the best.
3 cups of chopped cabbage
1 cup of water (Approximately)
cracked pepper to taste
1 teaspoon of salt
3 tablespoons of good olive oil
Place the chopped cabbage in a medium sized frying pan. Add about one cup of water or enough for about 1/2 inch depth in the pan. Add the other ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook covered for approximately 20 minutes.
We used the Martha White Mexican Cornbread mix for our cornbread. We have most of these ingredients in our pantry or refrigerator and it is a good go-to meal and very comforting and tasty. As I have mentioned before, my husband is diabetic and he ate two small pieces of the cornbread. With the fiber in the beans and the cabbage, he checked his blood sugar level before going to bed and he had a very good reading.
Happy Monday Everyone!