Ingredient: tomatoes, chopped

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Vegetarian Chalupa Bowl

I adapted this south-central Mexican specialty from a pork-based slow cooker recipe to a quick vegetarian version. While I have made the original version (and it is quite tasty!), I find the beans-only version light, refreshing, and crave-worthy. It is well suited for an appetite adjusting to warmer days and our bodies needing light fare.

This is one of my family’s staples during the warmer months of the year. My kids especially like the build-it-yourself component of this meal, allowing for customization to one’s own taste (and as we know is sometimes the key with kids!).

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Slow Cooker Pork Chalupa Bowl

This is the slow cooker meat version of the popular Vegetarian Chalupa Bowl. For the meat eaters in the family, they’ll love it just as much. I love being able to use dried beans rather than canned. It’s Mexican cooking at its best, but all in the able hands of your slow cooker. Ole!

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Black Eyed Pea Salad with Sweet Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette

Serve with brown rice and summer’s stewed tomatoes and corn-

One of my favorite bean dishes is Hoppin’ John, a comforting stew of rice, tomatoes and black eyed peas. It is one of the best dishes to eat in the south on January 1st as black eyed peas signify good luck for the coming year. Well, as the weather starts to warm up I want to prepare beans in a way that are cooling not warming. This is my take on a southern black eyed pea salad which is usually tossed in Italian vinaigrette. I think you’ll find the caramelized sweet onion dressing elevates it to a whole new level and paired with an equally southern side, stewed tomatoes (with a couple surprise ingredients), y’all be talkin’ with a drawl by the last bite.