Unfortunately, I didn't think through my plan. The recipe called for miso paste, chervil, sprouted seeds, and chicory. Those items are not easily found at my local grocery store. So I gave up on my plan. The beans sat in my cupboard. Every few months I would think about throwing them out, as I didn't think I would ever make anything with them.
Until I read an article that changed my mind. The article talked about eating organic, and how it can be expensive. It said that one way that it is affordable to eat organic is with beans and rice. You can make a lot of meals (or one big meal) out of a pound of beans. I remembered the forgotten bag of organic aduki beans in my cupboard and decided to give it a go.
Just eating a pound of beans wasn't challenge enough. I eat beans and rice a lot, just not a pound at a time. It is my go to easy meal when I don't want to cook (Mary-Claire is the same way). I decided I would make up all of the recipes I used. I put the bag of beans into a crockpot, covered the beans with water, and set it to high. 4 hours later I had beans ready to use (I'm sure this would have taken less time had I used fresher beans).
Dish number 1 was aduki bean spread. I had it for dinner as a vegetable dip, and for lunch the next day as a sandwich spread. I pureed beans, cumin, garlic, garlic powder, salt, pepper, olive oil, and tahini and made a paste. I used less tahini than I do with hummus, and I had to add more spices and salt to it to develop the flavor. All in all it was a pretty good dip.
The next day I used dish 1 as a base for dish 2 - aduki bean patties on brown rice. For the brown rice I made brown rice and stirred in a jar of salsa. For the patties I mixed the paste, an egg, red onion, shredded pepper jack cheese, whole aduki beans, and corn meal until they stuck together. I then dredged them in cornmeal and cooked them in a skillet until they were browned and crisp. I served the patties and rice together, covered with salsa and plain yogurt. They were very good. I wish I would have written down the ratios of ingredients I used, as I would like to make these again.
I realize at this point you might think I'm some sort of health food nut (making bean burgers on brown rice with plain yogurt and all). That isn't the case. I think sour cream would have tasted better with the patties and I would have used it if I had any on hand. I always have plain yogurt and rarely have sour cream, so when I want something sour cream like I use the next best thing.
Meal 3 was even better than meal number 2. For meal number 3 I crumbled the leftover patties and sauteed them like ground beef. Then John made burritos with cheese, bean crumbles, and more cheese. We ate them with salsa, jalapenos, and plain yogurt. I had mine cut in two, John had his with chipotle Tabasco across the top (he's very proud of his presentation and would like me to have a vote on which plate my readers prefer, I'm not going to do that but feel free to compliment him the next time you see him).
While the burritos were crisping up I put together meal 4. The photo does not do this casserole justice. There is a base layer of tortilla, followed by a mix of aduki beans, brown rice, diced tomatoes, and corn, topped with a tortilla. I froze the casserole for two weeks until neither of wanted to cook. Before it baked I topped it with more cheese and salsa. I loved the casserole. It was mushy and gooey and delicious.