Meat and Summer Vegetable Chili (The Kids Cook Monday)

Meat and Summer Vegetable Chili Recipe (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

My guys love chili so much that they could eat it every week, even on a hot summer day. When we have a pot cooking on the stove, the boys ask me to take off the lid so they can see it cooking and stick their noses a little closer to soak in the aroma…. 

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Italian Sausage, Kale, and Cannellini Bean Soup

Andrea Meyers - Italian Sausage, Kale, and Cannellini Bean Soup

While recovering from surgery in February, our friends and neighbors made wonderful meals for us, which is a very good thing because I wasn’t going anywhere far from the chair during that first week. My neighbor Dee Dee brought over a pot of sausage and lentil soup that my guys flipped over—yes, the boys went… 

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Dry Beans and Legumes Cooking Chart

Andrea Meyers - Dry Beans and Lentils

I will use canned beans in a pinch because they are convenient, but increasingly I cook dry beans from scratch because I control the ingredients, such as the amount of salt which is often high in canned beans. I also prefer the flavor of freshly cooked beans over canned, though possibly the best reason is… 

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Jamaican Chicken Stew

Andrea Meyers - Jamaican Chicken Stew

We are big fans of robust Caribbean spices. Allspice, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger are all staples in our pantry and add tons of flavor to both savory and sweet dishes. They are an important part of the iconic jerk spice mix, which we rub all over grilled meats, and they are a perfect addition… 

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From the Pantry: Chana Masala (Cardamom Pods)

Andrea Meyers - Chana Masala

Dishes with beans are some of my favorite vegetarian sources of protein, and I especially like them flavored with many kinds of spices, such as this chana masala (chana = garbanzo beans/chickpeas; masala = spices). If you like Indian food, then chana masala is a must to add to your repertoire because it truly is… 

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Grilled Corn Salad with Black Beans, Tomatoes, and Bell Pepper

Andrea Meyers - Andrea Meyers - Grilled Corn Salad with Black Beans, Tomatoes, and Bell Pepper

I can’t believe it’s already Labor Day weekend. The summer seemed to fly by and suddenly September is here. We’ve been super busy with the garden this year and have hit that time when we know there’s only a month or so left for the summer crops. The tomatoes and peppers are slowing down, the… 

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Southwestern Falafel Sandwich with Guacamole

Andrea Meyers - Southwestern Falafel Sandwich with Guacamole

I remember my first falafel in Saudi Arabia, thinking how it was like a hush puppy, only different. Perhaps a silly response, but it’s true. The texture and flavor are different, but the general idea is the same. Instead of fried balls of soaked cornmeal, it’s fried balls of soaked fava bean or chickpea meal…. 

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tagine with Chickpeas and Root Vegetables

Andrea Meyers - Slow Cooker Chicken Tagine with Chickpeas and Root Vegetables

I spent a couple years working in Saudi Arabia, and when you live in an area so remarkable for such a short amount of time, there will always be opportunities missed. One of the things I wish I had been able to fit in while living in the Middle East was a trip to Morocco…. 

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