Thursday, February 23, 2012

Beans and the Beach

Since we're on the go a lot more lately, I'm trying to use the crockpot more for easy dinners.  So, I tossed in a whole carton of veggie broth, about 15oz of canned, diced tomatoes, some salt, black pepper, a good amount of smoked paprika, cumin, and a mixture of presoaked (overnight) beans (cannellini, black, red kidney, and pinto), and about half a red onion into the crockpot.  Cooked it on high for, like, the whole day...because I'm a genius and didn't think to start it the night before on low, instead.  That's it - and it was SO freaking good.  Like, way better than I expected plain 'ol beans to taste :)  I did blend up about a cup or so in the VitaMix, then poured it back into the crockpot, just to make it thicker.  Served it with some brown rice & even Ezra ate all of his - for dinner and lunch the next day.  That's got to be a record.

We went down to Crown Point for a little running-and-playing time a couple days ago.  Ez had a really good time and especially enjoyed throwing wads of wet sand into the water.  Of course, he wouldn't reach down to get the sand himself -- that was Jordan's job.  He simply grunted impatiently for more the second he threw his last fistful into the water ;-)