Tenessa requested some bean recipes, so I'll post ones that I've tried and really like. First, I'd like to divert your attention to Aileena's blog for some AWESOME black bean burgers. Seriously. I make these about twice a month. They give you gas, but they're soooo worth it. One hint: I added a couple shakes of fajita seasoning to mine. :)
And, if you love curry the way I love curry....
2 TB olive or canola oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
1 c dried or one 15 oz. can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
12 oz diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp garam marsala
*I used some curry powder and cayenne pepper too, but I like things on the spicier side
Cook chickpeas according to package instructions, or rinse and drain a can of chickpeas.
In a stainless steel or cast iron pan, saute oil, onions, ginger and garlic for about 5 minutes. Place onion mixture and all other ingredients except for garam masala in a crock pot. Cook on low for 6-9 hours. Before serving, add garam masala.
If you don't have a crock pot (like me), you can make this recipe by cooking on medium high heat on the stove in a covered saucepan for 30 min. in place of using a crock pot.
Try adding other veggies like carrots or bell peppers when you saute the onions.