Friday, February 24, 2017

Shopping around the World: Vegetarian style

Today we join Angel Sammy, Baby Teddy and their Mom, Pam as they host

This is a tried and true recipe that I have used for 30+ years.
If my old gray mare memory serves me correctly I found it in a Woman's Day Magazine.
The first time I made if for the family there was not a drop left.
The original recipe was prepared on the stove top; however, while I was working everything
was converted to crock pot.  
In the early 1990's the grad students Chemistry department at NCSU decided they wanted to 
have a community lunch during December.  They asked everyone to bring
a dish from their home country/state to share. What a feast we had too, food from all over
and tons of it.  I took the this vegetarian Bean Soup.  It is so easy to prepare I took all the ingredients to work and my crockpot.  Prepared it that morning and it cooked til lunch.  The lovely
aroma made everyone hungry.  Each year afterwards I was asked to bring it to the lunch.

First here is a picture of me making sure mom has all the ingredients she needs:

First of all let me assure you mom does not cook in the bedroom; however, 
it appears I was not cooperative there were not treats with a kitchen shot 
so she brought the ingredients to the bed room.
This diva had no idea there was CHEESE involved. MOL

This is a very economical and tasty meal.
lima aka butter beans and kidney beans were were on sale for 33 cents each,
vegetarian "baked" beans (w/o pork bits) were $1.00, tomatoes were 62 cents each,
Cheese was on sale for $2.50 it will also be used for other recipes.
We always have brown sugar  and onions so not cost for them.
Mom normally makes corn bread to go with this.  Original recipe suggested
rye toast.  Either are delicious.

Vegetarian Bean Soup

1 small onion chopped
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 16 oz vegetarian "baked" beans (with out pork bits) in tomato sauce (I use Bush’s)  do not drain
1 16 oz can butter beans aka lima (or 10 oz frozen) I use canned (rinsed and drained)
1 16 oz red kidney (rinsed and drained)
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon brown light brown sugar
1 tablespoon thyme
Salt and pepper optional
Cheddar Cheese to put on top before serving

Directions for crock pot:
Add onion to crock pot first, then add tomatoes, beans, brown sugar and thyme.  Stir
Cook on high for about 4 hours.  Served topped with cheddar cheese.

Hints: I never substitute the vegetarian beans or butter beans.  I often substitute kidney with navy.  Sometimes I use kidney and navy if I want it thicker.

Makes 4 servings in the above size bowl


  1. Sounds tasty but to hot here would be nice in winter.

  2. that's the perfect food for a cold day... it has this "welcome home" touch and I will make it once ... how is the music factor on a scale from 1 to 10? a 87 I bet... great!!!!

  3. Hmmm. Looks yummy, but, as usual with recipes from the USA, we have a few translation issues. Can anyone tell me, are 'vegetarian beans' the sames as baked beans??

    1. Bertie, just the beans in tomato ham or pork. Regular beans.

  4. Hari om
    Oh YES!!! :-) hugs and whiskeries, YAM-aunty xxx

  5. Oh that looks TASTY!!!!!
    Er….any chance you could send some over to a STARVING Princess ????
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  6. That sure sounds yummy. Our Mom is sure going to try that one. You all hae a great day.

  7. That does look good. Sadly our Mom never cooks.

  8. All I would have to do to get the Kitties attention at our house is grab and treat bag rattle it and holler "TREAT". The stampede is on!!!!

    Madi, you are a true Diva. Only do what the Diva wants.

    Mom, the soup sounds delicious. Of course, I would have to have a hunk of meat sitting by the bowl in order to get one spoiled husband to eat it :)

    Happy weekend.

  9. Oh Yum-a-roo.....that sounds fabulous!!!! Lot of good meat-free recipes for Lent!!!

    your guy Raz and The Florida Furkids

  10. It really looks and sounds delicious to me.. I will try this one.. can't go wrong with beans and tomatoes...and of course the cheese the Diva is sniffing.

  11. Sounds yummy. And anything's better with cornbread!

  12. Your Mom cracks me up bringing on the ingredients to you for the photo op! I have a feeling your Mom's Vegetarian Bean Soup will be our Sunday dinner! Is there any other bean other than Bush's... :D CH loves butter beans, I love limas. Cornbread with buttah would be a must!

  13. I will bet hat smells so good while it is cooking! Have a fun Friday pretty Madi!

  14. First, I love the pick of Diva checking out the cheese..made me laugh out loud. :)
    this recipe sounds so delicious! hubby doesn't like beans, I have to force him to eat a spoonful or two. lol I will be making this really soon with the cornbread. :) yummy!! thank you for sharing!

  15. I thought all beans were vegetarian, but that may just be the European me talking here...

    It sounds like a great and easy recipe and I am getting hungry now.

    Mara from Norway

  16. Yum! That soup looks delicious.
    I'm definitely going to try it.
    What are vegetarian beans? Aren't all beans vegetarian?
    Elliot and Cricket x

  17. When I smell the aroma of anything I stand on mom's feets in the kitchen
    Edward (& Lily)

  18. ya noe, yur mom COULD make thiz soop with nip ore grazz N it wood still bee veggie tarry un cheeze soundz de best ta uz...thanx for sharin

    heerz two a european perch kinda week oh end ~~~~~ ♥♥♥

  19. Sounds yummy! Madi, you look adorable as you model with the ingredients!

  20. Wow...this recipe looks perfect for the weather we're having!!
    Dory, Arty, Jakey & Bilbo

  21. Yums! Our Mom lingered over the recipe while we cut to the cheese part.

  22. Oh wow....this does sound totally delish - my Mom says she'd have to rename it "Separate Bedroom Soup" though because of - well - you know how beans are sometimes! Tee Hee

    Love, Angel Sam

  23. Had to laugh at your comment on not cooking in the bedroom ... we take our shots where we can get them, right? Kitty was a cheese fiend ... she'd gobble down whatever she could ... and it's a strange turn-around that Bear won't even touch the stuff! We love your header ... it's purr-fect!

  24. Mom said that looked really good, especially with cornbread! Mom shocked us all today and made a butternut squash soup. We could not believe she actually made something!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  25. Our mom would LOVE that! And since Winter returned today (we had been in the 70-80 degree range, now the wind chills are in the 20s and it's trying to snow...) Mom said it would be perfect right NOW!
    Sorry we haven't been commenting; Mom got super busy and had to go do a bunch of stuff, so our computer time was shortened.
    Yours sincerely,
    Margaret Thatcher

  26. That sounds delicious. My mum is eating more vegetarian meals lately.

  27. We'll try that one this winter. SHE doesn't eat much meat....uses it more for flavouring, We have a few bean soup recipes, but will try that one. Thanks.

  28. That sounds great especially with corn bread. XO

  29. With as cold as it got here today, that recipe would have made a nice toasty dinner. Thanks for sharing.

    Madi, we love cheese too!!!

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  30. The mom says that sounds like a tasty soup for a cold winter day. :)

  31. Sounds very tasty. Now that mom is RETIRED!! she will have more time for cooking
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  32. HOLY PHART SAUCE! That looks FABulous gurl!!!!! I am SO with you on the cheeeese! YuMMERS!!! I tell Ma she has to go easy on the beans, unless I want to be 'serenaded' all night!!!! BOL!!! (okays, maybe that is MOI, butts I likes to blame's funnier that way! BOL!!!!!)
    Anyhu, That looks amazin', and easy enough that even Ma couldn't screw it up!!!! maybe....
    Ruby ♥

  33. You are making us hungry, Madi! yummmm

  34. Yummy, this sounds delicious. I love hearty stews and soups at this time of year.


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