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Pasta and Cece Beans

Cece Beans is just the Italian name for Chick Peas or what the Spanish call Garbanzo Beans – all the same thing 🙂 They are a great source of fiber, healthy and a great addition to many meals. This dish is somewhere between a soup and a pasta tossed with veggies – I guess it is like a gruel, though that has a negative connotation and there is NOTHING negative about this dish. It’s healthy, filling, has super flavor and is one of the best dishes I’ve made in a while !

Pasta and Cece Beans
Pasta and Cece Beans

6 servings
316 calories per serving

1 T olive oil
1 c chopped onion
2 c sliced leek
1 t rosemary flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
28 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 c water
4 c vegetable broth
Salt and pepper to taste
1 t garlic powder
¼ – 1 t red pepper flakes (depending on how spicy you like it)
14 oz. cece beans, undrained
1 c diced zucchini
1/2 c frozen petite green peas
1/2 c frozen baby lima beans
1/2 c frozen green beans
2/3 c uncooked orzo
2 T chopped parsley
1/4 t pepper
2 T pesto (available in the refrigerated section of your market)
2 T grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in a Dutch oven and cook onion, leak, rosemary and garlic 10 minutes. Add tomato, water, broth, spices, salt and pepper and ceces and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat and simmer ½ hour then add zucchini, peas and beans. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Bring back to a boil then stir in pasta and parsley and cook 8 minutes at a low boil. Spoon into bowls and top with 1 t pesto and 1 t parmesan.


I was a weird kid – I loved succotash and asked for it regularly ! I had not made it in quite some time, but now that I have the perfect recipe, I’ll be making it a whole lot more often.


8 servings
182 calories per serving

4 slices bacon, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
16 oz. frozen lima beans
1/2 c water
10 oz. frozen corn
1/2 c skim milk
2 T butter
2 T cider vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
1 t Molly McButter

Heat a skillet and cook bacon until crisp then remove it and drain on paper towels. Add onion and cook 5-6 minutes. Add beans and water and cook 5 minutes then add corn, milk, butter and vinegar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in bacon. Add Molly McButter, salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Brunswick Stew

This is a tasty stew that does well stovetop or you can sauté the onions and then pile it all in a crock pot and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 4-6 hours.

Brunswick Stew
Brunswick Stew

6 servings
238 calories per serving

1 t oil
1 onion, chopped
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts in bite sized pieces
10 oz. frozen baby lima beans
10 oz. frozen corn
3 c chicken broth
1 ½ c chopped tomatoes
6 oz. tomato paste
3 T lemon juice
1 T Worcestershire sauce

Spray a Dutch oven with Pam and heat on medium high. Add oil and then sauté onion 3-4 minutes. Add all the rest of the ingredients and reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 1 hour.

Chicken and Veggies (Crock Pot)

New chicken recipes for the crock are always welcome in my house ! I love to be able to put a meal together and then walk away and have it ready to eat hours later. This one has all the flavor of a nice chicken soup, but has a thick sauce and is more like a chicken stew. As with any crock recipe, if you like you meat browned (which the crock will not do), either pre-sear it, or at the end place under a hot broiler for just a few minutes.

Chicken and Veggies (Crock Pot)
Chicken and Veggies (Crock Pot)

4 servings
190 calories per serving

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 c potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 carrots, cut in small pieces
½ onion, chopped small
1 rib celery, chopped
½ c frozen lima beans
¾ c water
½ t salt
¼ t pepper
¼ t onion powder
¼ t garlic powder
½ t basil flakes
½ can low fat cream of chicken soup

Place chicken in crock and add vegetables, water, salt, pepper and other spices. Pour soup over the veggies. Cover and cook on high 4 hours.

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