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Meet our Featured Food Blogger Alyssa Rimmer!

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Alyssa Rimmer started her blog, ©Simply Quinoa, to share her love of healthy cooking and — of course — quinoa. It has become so much more than just a blog; it has become a community of like-minded people who suffer from food allergies and sensitivities or just want to eat healthier.

Her recipes are superfood dense, and quinoa is the one consistent ingredient. Beans are used in quite a few of her recipes, and she even has a blog post titled “How to Make Beans From Scratch”! Check out her website for pasta, soups, salads, tacos, falafel, and so much more starring beans and quinoa.

Alyssa’s recipes are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, mostly dairy-free, and always delicious. Alyssa has graciously agreed to share her ©Rustic Tuscan Pasta with White Bean recipe with us.


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Meet our Featured Food Blogger, Holly!


Type in the word “beans” on Holly Nilsson’s website, Spend With Pennies, and you will find pages of recipes using all varieties of beans! Holly is a mother of four almost-grown children, a wife, blogger, recipe creator, photographer and force behind the website.

Browse through Spend With Pennies and you’ll quickly conclude cooking is her passion. She creates recipes for the everyday cook that are easy, imaginative, and great! Not only are her recipes fantastic, but you will also find household tips, time-saving ideas, and so much more — such as storing dry beans!

Holly has graciously let us share her Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Chili recipe with us.

Photo courtesy of Holly Nilsson Spend with Pennies

Photo courtesy of Holly Nilsson

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Kidney Beans: Three Versatile and Delicious Recipes

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Native to Central America and Mexico, these little kidney-shaped beans are a wonderful source of protein and fiber. Several beans are a rich maroon color and have a meaty flavor, which makes them perfect for salads and soups. This popular variety is found almost exclusively in cans.

Light red kidney beans are similar in size and shape to dark red kidneys, and their bright red color dresses them up and makes them a great option for just about any bean dish. Light red kidney beans have an almost worldwide popularity and are much in demand for chili recipes.

I chose three Mexican-themed kidney bean recipes to share with you this month. You can find all of them in our recipe library, and all of them are easy to make, especially if you use canned kidney beans! If using dry kidney beans, make sure to presoak them and to cook them until they are soft.

Bean Burrito

Bean Burritos

Bean Cakes 1

Bean Cakes with Salsa

Party Taco 1

Party Tacos




Are They Lima Beans or Butterbeans?

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Are they Lima beans or butterbeans? In the United States, we primarily refer to the bean as a Lima or a butterbean. But it’s always up for debate! One thing is for sure, these aren’t the frozen green lima beans that you grew up with, rather they are the dry white beans with an almost buttery flavor…hence the newer name, “butterbean.”

Lima beans have been cultivated in Peru for more than 7,000 years. With the exploration of South America the explorers took the Lima beans back to Spain and Portugal and from there to Africa, the Caribbean and North America. Depending on where in the world you are, the names of the beans can be referred to as Lima, Madagascar, gigantes or butterbeans.

No matter what you call these white beans there are as many different ways to cook them! Try one of these delicious recipes from our online recipe library. Your kids will love the Butterbeans and Cheese recipe. Do you like to go camping? Our Sausage and Bean Dutch oven recipe is perfect! The White Beans and Seared Scallop recipe uses baby Lima beans and is elegant enough to serve for guests. Having a BBQ? Ellery Lima Beans is the perfect accompaniment to grilled meat.

Butterbeans and Cheese!!Butterbeans and Cheese

Sausage&Bean Stew1Sausage and Bean Dutch Oven Stew

white beans and scallopsWhite Beans & Seared Scallops

ElleryBeansEllery Lima Beans


Meet Meggan Hill of Culinary Hill!

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Meggan Hill, a native of Wisconsin, is the creator of the blog Culinary Hill. Meggan believes food is love, and there is nothing more she loves to do than spread the love by cooking for her family and friends. She has an interesting modern take on traditional Midwestern food, the kind of comfort food that never gets old.   Her website has an amazing variety of recipes and so many great bean recipes! Meggan’s photographs on Instagram will inspire you to get in the kitchen and cook something for your family and friends and share the love.

Slow Cooker Calico Beans

photo courtesy of Meggan Hill

photo courtesy of Meggan Hill

Slow Cooker Pasta and Bean Soup

photo courtesy of Meggan Hill

photo courtesy of Meggan Hill

Spicy Chickpea Salad Sandwich

photo courtesy of Meggan Hill

photo courtesy of Meggan Hill

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Beans and Lamb Are a Great Combination!


Do you love eating lamb but not sure how to prepare it? I recently cleaned out my freezer and came across a leg of lamb that was a few years old. Instead of roasting it like I usually do I decided to cut it into cubes and strips for three different meals. I found two recipes that were on the calbeans.org website and one in the “tried and true” California Dry Bean Advisory Board cookbook.

Lamb and Lima Stir Fry

Lamb and Lima Stir Fry

For my first lamb dish I made a Lamb and Lima Stir-Fry using Large Lima/Butterbeans. It was so delicious and great even a few days later for leftovers. For my second lamb dish I made the Lamb Cassoulet with baby Lima beans. Another hit! My third lamb recipe was a Greek-Style Bean and Lamb dish with small white beans. My husband loved all these dishes, and believe me, he wouldn’t request them again if he didn’t!

Be sure to check out our California Beans recipe library if you’re looking to cook something new!
Greek Lamb
Greek-Style Beans and Lamb

6-8 servings


1 pound dry small white beans
1 cup chopped onion
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ pounds boneless lamb, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon each oregano, crushed and black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 cup peeled and diced fresh tomato
Lemon juice
Chopped parsley


Soak beans by preferred method. Drain and rinse soaked beans. Add 6 cups fresh water; cover and simmer about 1 hour or until nearly tender. Drain. In Dutch oven or heavy kettle, sauté onion in olive oil. Add lamb and brown on all sides. Add beans, 1 ¼ cups water and seasonings. Simmer, covered, 45 minutes. Add tomato and ¼ cup chopped parsley. Additional water may be added if necessary. Simmer, covered, about 20 minutes longer or until beans and lamb are tender. Sprinkle with lemon juice; garnish with additional chopped parsley.


October is National Chili Month!


Yes, there is a month set aside to celebrate chili, the food not the country! Here at California Beans, we like our chili to include beans, lots, and lots of beans! There is something about the crisp autumn air and comfort foods such as chili that go together. Whether you are tailgating, enjoying a chili cook-off or just putting together a meal for the family using a slow cooker or a pressure cooker, chili is an all-American kind of meal. Make a red chili or a white chili, use blackeyes, Lima beans, cranberry beans or kidney beans, meatless or with meat, top it with sour cream, cheese, and avocado, it’s all good!

Below are six chili recipes from our recipe library. Make all six and let us know which ones are your favorites by emailing us at marketing@calbeans.org.

img_4857Texas Blackeye Chili

½ pound dry blackeyes
1-pound ground beef
1 ½ cups chopped onion
1 ½ cups diced celery
1 ½ cups tomato puree
1-teaspoon salt
1/8-teaspoon pepper
1/8-teaspoon garlic powder
1 to 2 tablespoons chili powder


Soak beans by your preferred method.

Brown meat, add onions and celery, and cook briefly. Add tomato puree, seasonings, and the drained, soaked blackeyes with about 1 ¼ cups water. Cook over low heat about one hour or until chili is thick and beans are tender, stirring occasionally. Add water, if necessary, to maintain consistency.

This is a mild chili by some Texas standards. If you want it “Texas hot,” use the full measure of chili powder and add hot pepper sauce to taste. Makes 6-8 servings.

*As an alternative, substitute seasoned smoked sausage for ground beef.

spicychilibeansSpicy Chili Beans

Makes approximately 5 cups


2 ¼ cups dry cranberry beans, sorted and rinsed
¼ cup mild chili powder (you can use less if you want it less spicy)
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ yellow onion, diced
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon brown sugar
8 cups water
4 teaspoon olive oil


After you have sorted and rinsed the dry cranberry beans, place them and the remaining ingredients in the EZ Bean cooker or pressure cooker. If using the EZ Bean cooker, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and manually set the cooking time to 70 minutes. If using another pressure cooker, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

chickenchili3Crock Pot Taco Chicken Chili

Serves 8


1 1/2 cups cooked black beans
1 1/2 cups cooked light red kidney beans
1 1/2 cups cooked white beans
1- 16 oz. can whole kernel corn
2- 14.5 cans diced tomatoes
1- 7 oz. can diced green chilies
4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Homemade taco seasoning
Sour cream
Shredded cheddar cheese


Add the taco seasoning and stir. Place the chicken breast on top of the mixture.

Place the lid on and cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 5 hours.

Take the chicken out shred it and mix back into the bean mixture. Serve with sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese or any topping you like.

Taco Seasoning

1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1 Tablespoon granulated garlic
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (more is you like it hot)

Combine together.

chiliconcarneChili Con Carne


1 pound Light Red Kidney Beans
1 (6oz.) can Tomato paste
5 cups water
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
4 teaspoons canola oil
3 Tablespoons Chili Powder
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon oregano leaves
1 1/2 pounds ground beef, browned
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (8oz.) can Hot Mexican style tomato sauce


First, sort the beans: remove and discard any foreign material or shriveled/discolored beans. Then rinse beans with cold water. Next place the sorted and rinsed beans in the inner cooking pot of the EZ Bean Cooker; add the water, oil, and additional ingredients. Put the lid on and select the Kidney Bean button on the cooker; push Start.

Once the cook cycle is complete, use caution to manually release the pressure. Garnish with any of the following; sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped green onions or tortilla chips.

Note: You can find the Hot Mexican tomato sauce in the Mexican food aisle in the grocery store.

KidneybeanchiliBeef and Kidney Bean Chili

Serves 8-10


2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2” chunks
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 pounds ground beef
3 cups cooked red kidney beans
1- 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1- 28 oz. can tomato sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Steps:

Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat.  Add the onions, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, oregano and cayenne pepper.  Sauté until the vegetables begin to soften and brown.  Add in the ground beef, breaking it up and cook until it is no longer pink.

Put the meat mixture in a slow cooker.  Add to the meat mixture the kidney beans, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce.  Stir the mixture and cook on high for 4 hours.  Season with salt and pepper.

Serve with shredded cheese of your choice, sour cream, avocado slices, chopped green onion and chopped red onion.  Sprinkle a few red pepper flakes on top for more heat.

Baby Lima and Turkey chiliBaby Lima and Turkey Chili


1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1# ground turkey
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 cup white wine
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
4 cups cooked baby lima beans
4 1/2 oz. can chopped green chilies
1/2 cup sour cream
salt and pepper
green onion
Monterey jack cheese, shredded
lime wedges


Add olive oil to a large saucepan.  Cook onions and red pepper for 5 minutes or until onions are soft.  Add turkey and cook til the turkey is no longer pink.  Add garlic, chili powder, flour, cumin and oregano.  Cook for about 2 minutes.  Add the white wine and chicken broth.  Heat to boiling then turn down to simmer and simmer about 10 minutes.  Mash about 1 1/2 cups of beans.  Add mashed and whole beans along with the chilies to the saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes.  Stir in sour cream and cook until hot.

Season with salt and pepper.  Ladle into individual bowls and have the green onion, cilantro, cheese and lime wedges on the side for garnishing.















Meet our Featured Chef J Jackson!


Chef J Jackson, a private chef based in Washington, D.C., started experimenting in the kitchen at a young age. But it took a successful — but unfulfilling — career in finance for him to ditch the suit and tie for the kitchen.

In 2008 he created his catering and event planning firm, Entrée Metropolitan, which has had the good fortune to cater to Grammy-award winning artists, politicians, and food lovers throughout D.C., the country and abroad.

Mostly self-taught, Chef Jackson has always been eager to learn not only from the restaurants that employed him, but also from the French Culinary Institute and the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. For him, there’s always something new to learn — and always the instant gratification of a happy client.

During his short culinary career he has been featured on “Neighborhood Chef,” ABC’s “The Chew,” and is a regular food expert on “Fox & Friends” morning show. He also has a competitive streak and has competed on the Travel Channel’s “Fiery Foods Challenge,” where he won crowd favorite, as well as “Beat Bobby Flay” and “Cutthroat Kitchen” on the Food Network.

Chef J cooks with dry beans throughout the year. Not only are they cost effective, but they allow him to control the process from start to finish. The seasons dictate how he uses dry beans: In the summer, he adds beans to salads and side dishes, and in the winter they are included in soups, stews and casseroles.

272b43_0dacef251a794ebf96c2313130631a1f5 Bean Citrus Salad


¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons mango vinegar
Tastic Original Spice*
2 cups cooked, cooled mixed beans (whichever are your favorites)
1 orange, segmented (or peeled and sliced)
1 grapefruit, segmented (or peeled and sliced)
2 small celery stalks, very thinly sliced on a diagonal
1 cup sprouts (such as alfalfa, radish, or broccoli), divided
½ cup cilantro leaves, divided


Combine oil, lime juice, and vinegar in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add beans and toss to coat. Let sit 10 minutes to allow flavors to meld.

Add oranges, celery, and half of sprouts and cilantro to beans. Season with Tastic and toss once to combine.

Serve topped with remaining sprouts and cilantro.

*Available at www.chefjjackson.com

You can find Chef J Jackson on his Social Media channels and his website:


Jumoke Jackson
Entree Metropolitan Catering
1217 17th Street NE Washington DC 20002







Chickpea of the Sea Sandwich From The Healthy Grocery Girl® Megan Roosevelt, RD

Photo courtesey of Megan Roosevelt, The Healthy Grocery Girl®

Chickpea of the Sea Sandwich
Recipe courtesy of The Healthy Grocery Girl®, Megan Roosevelt,RD!
Check out this video Megan has for this sandwich!


  1. 1 can (15 ounces) of Organic unsalted chickpeas
  2. 4 tablespoons of mustard (or more to your liking)
  3. 1 cup of onions, diced
  4. 1 cup of carrots, shredded
  5. A pinch of sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Sandwich Ingredients:

  1. 2 slices of whole-wheat bread
  2. 6 thin slices of cucumber
  3. 1/4 cup spinach
  4. 1 tablespoon of hummus


  1. In a medium bowl add chickpeas and mustard and mash together with a potato masher. You want the chickpeas to still be chunky yet not perfectly round. Don’t over mash or you will end up with hummus!
  2. Add in onions, carrots, sea salt and pepper and stir together
  3. Spread hummus on toast and add cucumbers on to one side and spinach on the other
  4. Add a generous serving of chickpea of the sea salad and place toast together
  5. Enjoy!


Choose Organic ingredients when possible!


Aquafaba, the new bean trend!

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Did you know that there is a name for the liquid or bean brine you usually discard from a can of beans? It’s called aquafaba and it’s becoming a favorite egg substitute for people following a vegan diet. In 2015 Goose Wohlt, a software engineer and vegan from Indiana came up with a way to make meringue using this liquid. Other individuals had experimented making a substitute, but Goose perfected the process. My first time using the aquafaba I tried making meringue…with not much success. I’m still working on that recipe! However, I did find that you could substitute the aquafaba for eggs in baking! I made some cinnamon rolls, and they turned out to be extremely tasty.

Measure the aquafaba

Measure the aquafaba

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Make the dough

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Roll out the dough

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Spread the cinnamon filling

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Roll the dough and seal the edge

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Use unflavored dental floss or knife to cut cinnamon rolls.

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Ready to put in parchment lined pan.

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Add cinnamon rolls to pan.

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Lovely golden brown cinnamon rolls ready for icing!

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Properly bathed in icing!

Cinnamon Rolls

3/4-cup warm water
1/4-cup aquafaba
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
1 envelope active dry yeast
2 Tbsp. applesauce
2 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
2+ Tbsp. flour for the board
1/3 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. almond milk
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 (or more) Tbsp. vanilla almond milk


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Line a 9-inch cake pan with parchment paper
    3. Mix the warm-hot water, aquafaba, sugar, maple syrup and active dry yeast just until the sugar is mixed in. Let sit for a minute so the yeast has time to activate.
    4. Mix in the applesauce.
    5. Add 2 cups of flour and the salt and knead about 4 to 6 minutes. If you need to add more flour, add it a few tablespoons at a time until you get soft, smooth dough.
    6. Place the 2 tablespoons of flour on the surface where you will roll out the dough. Roll the dough into a 10 by 14-inch rectangle. Be sure you use enough flour so that the dough doesn’t stick.
    7. Brush the almond milk on the rolled out dough. Mix sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl. Distribute the mixture evenly over the almond milk being sure to go to the edge of the dough.
    8. Roll the dough tightly along the longer side and crimp the edge.
    9. Using a knife or unflavored dental floss slice the roll into about 2-inch pieces. Place the slices in the cake pan and cover lightly with a moist towel. Let it sit in a warm place for 15 to 20 minutes, or until just about doubled in size.
    10. Remove the towel and bake at 350 degrees for 22 minutes or until golden.
    11. Let the rolls cool slightly before icing.

Note: 3 tablespoons of aquafaba = 1 whole egg