Baby Lima Bean Soup

Prep time:10 minutes
Bean Soaking Time: 8 hours
Cooking time:90 minutes
Yields:2 people

Ingredients:
1/2 cup dried baby lima beans
1 3-inch piece kombu
1/2 yellow onion
4 cloves garlic
1/2 carrot
1 tablespoon mirin
1 teaspoon tamari
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
1. Cover the beans with water and soak for 8 hours.
2. Discard soaking water, rinse beans, and place in a pot with kombu and water and cover by 2 inches.
3. Boil gently for 1 hour.
4. Meanwhile, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil covered for 10 minutes.
5. Add carrots and continue cooking covered for 10 more minutes.
6. Add onion mixture to the beans.
7. Continue cooking beans for 30 more minutes.
8. Add mirin and tamari, plus salt and pepper to taste.
Notes:
• Try adding fresh herbs near the end of the cooking time, such as thyme or parsley.

Quinoa-Rice Granola

Quinoa Rice Granola

Serves 6
30 minutes or fewer
Use this recipe as a model for other granola combinations with different dried fruits, nuts, and spices. It should stay crisp for a week stored in an airtight container. If it loses its crunch, toast 3 to 5 minutes in a 350°F oven. Note: substituting agave or brown rice syrup for the honey and oil for the butter will result in a less crisp granola with smaller clusters.
• 5 unsalted brown rice cakes
• ½ cup quinoa flakes, such as Ancient Harvest
• ½ cup coarsely chopped or slivered raw almonds, or other nuts
• ⅓ cup honey
• 4 Tbs. (½ stick)  butter
• 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
• ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
• 1 cup dried cranberries, cherries, or other bite-size dried fruit
1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
2. Crumble rice cakes in bowl until only 1/4-inch-or-smaller pieces remain. Stir in quinoa flakes and almonds.
3. Melt together honey, butter, and vegetable oil in saucepan over low heat. Stir in cinnamon. Stir honey mixture into rice cake mixture until well coated. Spread on baking sheet, and bake 
10 minutes. Stir, and bake 10 minutes more, or until granola is golden-brown. Cool on baking sheet. Break granola into small clusters. Mix in dried fruit.

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