Ranchero Style White Beans

These beans were the best and most full of flavor I have ever made at home. I have now eaten them for leftovers for way-too-many meals but they still taste great!

2 Cups dried white Navy beans (for GAPS diet. Otherwise, you can Pinto or other beans)
1 onion, divided
5 garlic cloves
1-2 strips of bacon*
1 tomato
1 jalapeño
1/2 cup cilantro
salt, to taste
cumin, to taste

Soak white beans overnight in a pot covered with water (beans expand so use enough water).

Dump bean soaking water and rinse beans. Add beans to crock pot or pan and cover with about double (or more) the amount of water. Rough chop 1/2 an onion and 5 garlic cloves. Cook beans in crock pot or on stove until cooked through. I cooked mine on high in the crock pot for about 6 hours and they were perfectly smushy.

Chop bacon and cook on Medium in a skillet until done. Remove strips but leave fat in the pan. Add 1/2 minced onion and minced jalapeño pepper (with or without seeds depending on desired heat level) cook 5-10 minutes until soft. Add diced tomato until cooked down a little.

Add bacon back in and then add beans to bacon-onion-jalapeno skillet and mix all ingredients together. Add 1/2 cup cilantro and refry over medium heat and smash with a potato masher until as smooth as you like them. Add reserved bean cooking water if needed and even more fat if needed so they aren’t dry.

Add salt to taste and a little cumin to taste.


*Bacon isn’t on the GAPS diet, so use another fat like butter or pork fat or whatever healthy fat you can use (i.e. not Canola or hydrogenated lard or margarine).


Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday is now brought to you on Wednesday. Not permanantly (hopefully) but this week, anyway!
Monday – {open night}
Tuesday – Marinated Pork Chops
Wednesday – Caesar Chicken Salad
Thursday – Asian Chicken Wings* with Gingered Carrots and Mixed Greens with Asian Dressing
Friday – Breakfast for Dinner: Almond Flour Banana & Dark Chocolate Pancakes, Egg & Veggie Frittata
Saturday – Chicken Stuffed with Cheese, Garlic and Onion, Grilled Cauliflower
Sunday – Shredded Beef w/ Carrot Chips* and Side Salad

Menu Plan Monday

Last week’s grain free dinners were all a superb HIT! Here we go again… This isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. However… we haven’t taken out dairy fully yet. We’ve turned it down, but haven’t shut off the tap. After we have used up all the dairy in our fridge, we are going on the FULL GAPS diet. Up until now it has been really just no grain, no sugar, no starch, add probiotics. My next goal is to FERMENT! We already do some fermented stuff, but not too many homemade things. I will be doing yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, beet kvass and maybe more. My house may smell like a brewery 🙂

So here is April, week 2:

Menu for April 16-22