Easy Peasy 4 Ingredient Berry Cobbler

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I have to admit, I am not one for sweets.  I really prefer salty snacks over baked sweets or ice cream treats , but the other day I found myself rummaging through my kitchen freezer and came across half a bag of frozen blueberries, half a bag of frozen strawberries and half a container of vanilla frozen yogurt.

I knew these ingredients had potential for some deliciousness, but upon doing a little research, I came across one of the most simplest, most appealing recipes to use them up and the result was the easiest and most delicious desserts I have ever made.

And as you might have guessed it…my brood ate it up with no complaints.

4 INGREDIENT BERRY COBBLER

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups berries (fresh or frozen) ex: blueberries;strawberries;medley, etc.

1/2 cup sugar

1 box yellow cake mix (lemon is great too for a nice switch up!)

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Mix together the berries & sugar. Spread the berry/sugar mixture into the bottom of your baking dish. Whisk together the cake mix & melted butter; sprinkle over the berries.

3. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

4. Serve warm or room temperature with or without ice cream or whipped topping.

Try it yourself and tell me what you think.

4 Ingredient Berry Cobbler
Serves 8
Ridiculously simple berry cobbler the whole family will love.
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453 calories
68 g
32 g
19 g
3 g
8 g
154 g
433 g
16 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
154g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 453
Calories from Fat 170
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
30%
Saturated Fat 8g
42%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 32mg
11%
Sodium 433mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates 68g
23%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 16g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
61%
Calcium
10%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups berries (fresh or frozen) ex: blueberries;strawberries;medley, etc.
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1 box yellow cake mix (lemon is great too for a nice switch up!)
  4. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Mix together the berries & sugar. Spread the berry/sugar mixture into the bottom of your baking dish. Whisk together the cake mix & melted butter; sprinkle over the berries.
  3. 3.Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.
Notes
  1. Great served warm with your favorite ice cream.
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calories
453
fat
19g
protein
3g
carbs
68g
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Sauteed Cauliflower with Lemon

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By Liz

This is a light and easy side dish that will go great with any meal.

Ingredients:

lemon-cauliflower-011 head of cauliflower, rinsed

1 – 2 small lemons rinsed and cut into ¼ size wedges

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

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Directions:

1. Rinse and core the head of cauliflower.

2. Rough cut cauliflower into large bite size chunks.

3. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium to high heat.

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4. Add cauliflower and saute until edges are slightly browned on all sides, stirring occasionally, about 15 to 20 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender (if cauliflower starts to stick to pan add ½ teaspoon of water to loosen it up).

5. Add lemon wedges and salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally to let the juices and oils release from the lemons.

6. Discard lemon wedges; serve hot with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

Enjoy the printable recipe card below.

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Sauteed Cauliflower with Lemon
Serves 6
A light and easy side dish, bursting with flavor.
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75 calories
7 g
1 g
5 g
2 g
1 g
125 g
69 g
2 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
125g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 75
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 69mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
97%
Calcium
4%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 head of cauliflower, rinsed
  2. 1 – 2 small lemons rinsed and cut into ¼ size wedges
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. Grated Parmesan cheese, optional
Instructions
  1. Rinse and core the head of cauliflower.
  2. Rough cut cauliflower into large bite size chunks.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium to high heat.
  4. Add cauliflower and saute until edges are slightly browned on all sides, stirring occasionally, about 15 to 20 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender (if cauliflower starts to stick to pan add ½ teaspoon of water to loosen it up).
  5. Add lemon wedges and salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally to let the juices and oils release from the lemons.
  6. Discard lemon wedges before serving.
Notes
  1. Serve hot with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
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calories
75
fat
5g
protein
2g
carbs
7g
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Hearty Rustic Pork Ragu

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This hearty and delicious recipe is packed with vibrant flavors and is a great way to sneak vegetables in if you have picky eaters.

Not only is this meal great for those cold chilly days, but it is also great for the summer when you’re cooking for a crowd and don’t want to heat your kitchen up by turning on the oven.

This is one of those great meals you can assemble in the morning and don’t have to touch until it is time to be served and on busy days…who doesn’t love that?

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Ingredients:

2-3 pounds pork roast or tenderloin

1 large onion, chopped

2 large carrots, peeled and chopped

3 ribs of celery, rinsed and chopped

1 medium bell pepper, chopped

4 -5 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon of ground black pepper

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

3 cups spaghetti sauce

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Directions:

1. Spray a 6 quart slow cooker with non-stick spray.

2. Rough cut all the vegetables into bite size pieces and place on the bottom of the slow cooker add seasonings.

3. Add pork roast on top of the bed of vegetables add an additional sprinkle of salt and pepper over the pork.

4. Pour spaghetti sauce over pork and vegetables (do not stir).

5. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours.

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6. Remove pork and break pork into bite size pieces or shred; then add back to pot and stir.

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7. Serve hot, over desired cooked pasta or over bread.

This is a favorite in our house and even though we have a large family, believe it or not, we always have leftovers with this  hearty meal and no one seems to mind having it for lunch the following day. So the next time you are looking for a crowd pleasing, satisfying easy dish to make, give this one a try and enjoy the recipe card below.

Hearty Rustic Pork Ragu
Serves 8
A crowd pleasing, hearty, delicious and thrifty dinner for anytime of the year.
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320 calories
13 g
114 g
11 g
41 g
3 g
311 g
802 g
8 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
311g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 320
Calories from Fat 95
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
16%
Saturated Fat 3g
15%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 114mg
38%
Sodium 802mg
33%
Total Carbohydrates 13g
4%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 8g
Protein 41g
Vitamin A
84%
Vitamin C
41%
Calcium
6%
Iron
11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2-3 pounds pork roast or tenderloin
  2. 1 large onion, chopped
  3. 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  4. 3 ribs of celery, rinsed and chopped
  5. 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
  6. 4 -5 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced
  7. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  8. 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  9. ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  10. 3 cups spaghetti sauce
Instructions
  1. Spray a 6 quart slow cooker with non-stick spray.
  2. Rough cut all the vegetables into bite size pieces and place on the bottom of the slow cooker add seasonings.
  3. Add pork roast on top of the bed of vegetables add an additional sprinkle of salt and pepper over the pork.
  4. Pour spaghetti sauce over pork and vegetables (do not stir).
  5. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours.
  6. Remove pork and break pork into bite size pieces or shred; then add back to pot and stir.
Notes
  1. Serve hot, over desired cooked pasta or over bread.
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calories
320
fat
11g
protein
41g
carbs
13g
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Easy 3 Ingredient Muffins

I am sorry to say, this recipe is not of my own creation and I cannot remember where I got it from, but give it a try if you want a very easy, healthy and delicious treat you can enjoy for breakfast, dessert or as a snack anytime of the day.

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Ingredients:

1 box cake mix (any flavor will do) I used chocolate for this batch

1 can pumpkin or 2 cups mashed cooked pumpkin

½ cup chips of your choice (chocolate, peanut butter, white, etc…)

Directions:

1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a medium size bowl, beat cake mix and pumpkin together with electric mixer until smooth, (mix will be really thick) fold in chips.

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3. Line muffin tins with paper muffin cups and lightly spray the inside of the liners with non-stick spray (otherwise the wrapper will stick to the muffin when you peel it off).

4. Spoon mix into liners about 3/4 of the way full.

5. Bake  for 45 to 50 minutes, muffins are done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Makes approximately 1 dozen muffins.

6. Enjoy warm and gooey or cooled completely.

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I have to admit that because of how thick the batter is with these muffins, they aren’t the prettiest thing to look at, but they taste great, they are lower in fat and calories than the average muffin, and are packed with veggies because of the pumpkin.

Enjoy the printable recipe card below.



Easy 3 Ingredient Muffins
Yields 12
So easy my sister can make it.
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240 calories
39 g
1 g
9 g
3 g
1 g
53 g
332 g
0 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
53g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240
Calories from Fat 75
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
13%
Saturated Fat 1g
6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 332mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 39g
13%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
6%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 box cake mix (any flavor will do) I used chocolate for this batch
  2. 1 can pumpkin or 2 cups mashed cooked pumpkin
  3. ½ cup chips of your choice (chocolate, peanut butter, white, etc…)
Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium size bowl, beat cake mix and pumpkin together with electric mixer until smooth, (mix will be really thick) fold in chips.
  3. Line muffin tins with paper muffin cups and lightly spray the inside of the liners with non-stick spray (otherwise the wrapper will stick to the muffin when you peel it off).
  4. Spoon mix into liners about 3/4 of the way full.
  5. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, muffins are done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Makes approximately 1 dozen muffins.
  6. Enjoy warm and gooey or cooled completely.
Other great variations are
  1. Yellow cake mix with peanut butter chips
  2. Spice cake mix with butterscotch chips
  3. Chocolate cake mix with; chocolate, white chip, peanut butter or mint.
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calories
240
fat
9g
protein
3g
carbs
39g
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Food Subscription Boxes

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By Liz

Talk about all things trendy.  If you haven’t seen or heard about food subscription boxes yet, then you must be living under a rock. This is not a new concept, I mean, take Omaha Steaks for instance…they have been around since 1917.  But nowadays you can get just about any kind of food, delivered to your door with easy step by step instructions, with little to no waste and without the hassle of visiting your grocery store to pick up the ingredients.

Types of boxes available are fruits, vegetables, and snacks, jerky, chocolate, bacon, cheese, full meals, seasonal, regional and the list goes on and on.

Sorry to say, I think this trend, is a waste of your hard earned money!

We as a society already spend so much money on food, whether going out to eat or at our local grocery store(s), so it seems to me that this kind of service is really irrelevant.  However, like most trends, these companies are trying to convince you, that you need their product to be hip, trendy, creative, and money savvy; but do you really need their help?

I decided to do some research on these companies, because many of my fellow, “frugal” bloggers have wonderful things to say about them, (although, I personally believe that if you are calling yourself a “frugal or money saving” blogger and promote or purchase these kinds of subscriptions…..you’ve missed the mark).

There are so many companies trying to cash in on this latest trend, it is overwhelming, so I decided to just concentrate on just produce boxes, but most of this information also applies to most of the other subscription boxes and this is what I have discovered:

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1. Many are locally based, so they might not deliver to your zip code, or you will be paying very high shipping costs for this convenience.

2. Your going to pay for this kind of convenience, anywhere from $11 to $110 (and these are prices for produce boxes).

3. Most offer both traditional or organic products.

4. You really don’t get what you pay for. If you were to do a price comparison, you would see that in most cases, you are paying double and in some cases, triple what it would cost you at the grocery store for the same or very similar products.

5. Packaging can sometimes be environmentally unfriendly. Some of the organic products being purchased, come packaged so as they are not bruised or damaged; all well and good, but many of the materials used for packaging, are not good for mother earth. (Ironic…..huh?)

6. Some of the produce subscription services are selling “recovered”, produce, meaning fruits and vegetables that are perfectly fine to eat, but would have otherwise been thrown away. It’s often discarded because of aesthetic imperfections or logistical inefficiencies. They don’t try to hide this; in fact, for some it is on the main page of their website.




So it has been pointed out to me is that these kinds of services  are helping local farmers and business owners  not to mention the convenience it brings to the consumer of not having to go the store to pick these items out for themselves.  My argument is this….you have to go to the grocery store anyway, right? So while you are there picking up the myriad of other items on your list, why aren’t you taking a few extra minutes to purchase fresh, traditional or organic produce from the same place you shop in the first place?

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It has also been argued that these kinds of services offer more natural choices, help many with diet restrictions due to health, and offer step by step instructions with just the right amount of ingredients to make a gourmet meal at home.  My argument for this is the following:  just about everyone owns or has access to a cookbook, (these resources also come with step by step instructions) or the internet, which offers an endless supply of recipes.  Natural and organic produce can be found not only at your local grocery store(s), but also at specialty stores and especially local farmer’s markets.

No matter how old I get, I am always looking for ways to save money, as much money as I can, because my dream is to retire with my husband somewhere close to the ocean and be able to travel, volunteer, relax, and really to just wake up on any given day and do whatever we want, when we want.  We don’t want to realize one day that we don’t have enough for our retirement, and we have to keep working until we are 75 or 80 years old, or that any one medical condition that myself or my husband might encounter down the road, will wipe us out financially.  So we are all about saving as many pennies as we can for as long as we can. My husband and I are both foodies, and we both enjoy cooking, but we also know that, throwing money away on the latest band wagon of what is hip and trendy today, will not help us achieve our goals for tomorrow.

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If you too are financially conscience, and not only want to eat healthy, but well; I suggest that rather than subscribe to one of these, trendy, overpriced and under stocked box services, you should take a little time each week, plan out a few meals, list your ingredients, purchase only what you need for these dishes and keep the money you have saved in your wallet.




Open Faced Portabella Salmon Burgers

 

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by Liz
This is one of my new favorites and is a quick and healthy lunch. As usual, the idea of this recipe came to me while looking around my fridge, thinking I really had to use up some of the stuff in there.

I use salmon burger patties for this recipe, but you could easily swap this out for a veggie, black bean or a regular beef burger….whatever your preference.

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Ingredients:

2 frozen salmon burger patties

2 large portabella mushroom caps

2 slices of cheese (I used Muenster and Pepper Jack)

Fresh Spinach leaves (optional)

Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven (I used my toaster oven) to 325 degrees.

2. Wipe mushrooms clean of debris or dirt (never rinse a mushroom, it will make it soggy).  With a spoon gently scrape off as much of the mushroom gills without digging into the meat of the mushroom, on the underside of the cap and level out any protruding stem pieces.

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3. Place cap topside down on your lined baking sheet and lightly spray the gill side up with an oil, non stick spray.  Lightly season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Bake portabellas until slightly soft about 7 to 10 minutes.  Set baking sheet aside and let cool momentarily.

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4. Meanwhile, in a non stick pan, over medium to high heat, cook the salmon patties thoroughly on each side, and season each side lightly with salt and pepper. Salmon patties should cook at least 6 to 7 minutes on each side to ensure proper doneness.

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5. Place 3 to 4 spinach leaves on each, cooled mushroom cap. Then slide a burger patty on to each portabella.  Top with cheese slices (any kind will do). Place back into the oven for another 3 minutes to melt the cheese.

6. Serve immediately and enjoy by itself, or with a side salad.

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This lunch is oddly satisfying, because of the protein of the burger patty and the “meatiness” taste and texture of the portabella.  This recipe is not only good for lunch, but makes for a really good dinner option as well.

Enjoy the printable recipe card below.



Open Faced Portabella Salmon Burgers
Serves 2
A healthy twist for a burger.
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359 calories
24 g
52 g
20 g
25 g
7 g
370 g
541 g
3 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
370g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359
Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g
31%
Saturated Fat 7g
37%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 52mg
17%
Sodium 541mg
23%
Total Carbohydrates 24g
8%
Dietary Fiber 5g
21%
Sugars 3g
Protein 25g
Vitamin A
325%
Vitamin C
80%
Calcium
39%
Iron
35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 frozen salmon burger patties
  2. 2 large portabella mushroom caps
  3. 2 slices of cheese (I used Muenster and Pepper Jack)
  4. Fresh Spinach leaves (optional)
  5. Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven (I used my toaster oven) to 325 degrees.
  2. Wipe mushrooms clean of debris or dirt (never rinse a mushroom, it will make it soggy). With a spoon gently scrape off as much of the mushroom gills without digging into the meat of the mushroom, on the underside of the cap and level out any protruding stem pieces.
  3. Place cap topside down on your lined baking sheet and lightly spray the gill side up with an oil, non stick spray. Lightly season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Bake portabellas until slightly soft about 7 to 10 minutes. Set baking sheet aside and let cool momentarily.
  4. Meanwhile, in a non stick pan, over medium to high heat, cook the salmon patties thoroughly on each side, and season each side lightly with salt and pepper. Salmon patties should cook at least 6 to 7 minutes on each side to ensure proper doneness.
  5. Place 3 to 4 spinach leaves on each, cooled mushroom cap. Then slide a burger patty on to each portabella. Top with cheese slices (any kind will do). Place back into the oven for another 3 minutes to melt the cheese.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy by itself, or with a side salad.
Notes
  1. Can also be made with a beef, tofu, veggie or black bean burgers.
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calories
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fat
20g
protein
25g
carbs
24g
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The Best Ever Fresh Beans

by Liz

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I have to admit, before I moved to Texas, the only beans I had ever really known were baked beans.  However, since then, I had been introduced to this very delicious and very satisfying Texas staple.

Beans are not only great tasting, but they are very economical and versatile.

Here is my recipe for the best tasting beans; I used black beans for this recipe.

In a 5 quart slow cooker, add 1 pound of dried beans (pinto, red, black, navy…the possibilities are endless) fill slow cooker ¾ full of water and cover, (you want plenty of water to cover the beans as they will expand overnight).

Let soak overnight.

The next day, drain and rinse beans.

Add beans and fresh water back into the slow cooker, one again filling pot ¾ way with water, (the beans will expand a little more and some of this water will evaporate during cooking).

Add 1; 2” x 2” piece of salt pork and 4 to 5 large cloves of peeled garlic to slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours. (Beans will be fully cooked when they are soft and/or their outer skin starts to crack.)

Turn off slow cooker, remove and discard salt pork.

Add 1 Tablespoon of salt (do not add salt in the beginning of this process as this will toughen the beans) and 2 teaspoons of oregano, stir well, replace lid and let sit for about a half hour. (This lets the spices, permeate the beans).

Enjoy as is, or over rice with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, green onion, avocado, fresh tomato or whatever you prefer.