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Kamut and Black Bean Tacos

My mom recently got a little cookbook for me from a class she attended on cooking with whole grains. It is a collection of recipes, basically using wheat berries (steamed wheat). I've tried several of the recipes and they are quite good. The author's name is Cary Ruggles. I like to substitute either my standard whole grain mix of wheat:kamut:spelt for the added health benefits. This particular time I used kamut (kah-moot) only. I like the large hardy size of the grains.

I used my pressure cooker for this recipe. First I rinsed 3 cups of whole grains and 2 cups of dried black beans. Popped them in my pressure cooker for 30 minutes, added water and coconut oil and wah-lah! Tender beans and plump whole grain berries. This made enough I froze several quart bags to have on hand at a later time.

If you don't have a pressure cooker you can cook your wheat over night in your crock pot and used canned beans.

However you get there...the results are worth it.

Kamut and Black Bean Tacos

1 T olive oil
1/2 c onion, diced
3/4 c water
3 T taco seasoning
3 c kamut, or any combo of whole grains, berries
1 1/2 c black beans (1 can)
1 c canned or frozen corn
1/2 c black olives, sliced
1 c grape tomatoes sliced, or 1 can diced tomatoes

Saute onion in olive oil until lightly browned. Add all the remaining ingredients (except for tomatoes) and heat mixture evenly.
Mix in tomatoes and serve in freshly, fried taco shells
Top with cilantro, cheese, sour cream, salsa, lettuce....go crazy!

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Let's all take a moment and feel so sad for my sweet husband Brent. While he thinks the majority of my recipes are delicious, he has trouble keeping his weight up (why don't I have that problem). All these vegetarian recipes aren't as hardy as a giant steak, although he has never
been a huge eater. Poor guy. I find myself trying to think of ways to add fat and calories to the meals. I know, odd. Good thing I make him so many yummy cookies and treats too!

BTW...I went to another pressure cooker class tonight. I am very grateful for my electric pressure cooker. It is a piece of cake to use! I love it and use it at least 2x a week.

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