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STEWED PINK BEANS with Smoked Turkey

I love beans that's a fact. I do not love to burst (meaning to cook by boiling till softened) beans. Add that to my fear of pressure cookers and my desire not to eat a lot of canned foods and what we have is a slight problem. Red beans is a Sunday lunch household staple as well as a fav legume of mine but man those things can take their damn time when it comes to being softened. So the only sensible alternative is red beans sister pink beans.

While the flavors and color is just slightly different with these two, pink beans usually soften a lot faster than red beans which make them a really great alternative or replacement.

Traditionally, Trinibago stews are done with Oil and Brown Sugar by using process called browning, to give stews a nice dark coloring. This is how we prepare our meat stews, peas and vegetables. Teri however, is always on the hunt for healthier alternatives to tradition which led to my current method. Here's my recipe


4 cups precooked Pink Beans

1 small Green Onion chopped

1 Pimento chopped

4 cloves Garlic crushed the chopped

1/4 cup chopped Celery stalk

2 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce(low sodium)

1 cup Pumpkin cubed

1/4 tsp Black Pepper

pieces of Smoked Turkey

Salt to taste


●Add oil to medium sized saucepan on a low to medium heat, once oil is hot add garlic, onion and saute until onions are translucent.

●Toss in precooked beans and stir then pour in water till beans are covered.

●When beans begin to simmer add chunks of smoked turkey, pumpkin and soy sauce and stir.

●Allow beans to simmer on low heat for 10-15 mins or until water begins to thicken. Then add your pimento, celery, black pepper and salt stir simmer for 2 mins then remove from heat and serve hot.

If you're all about that ideal Trinibago Sunday lunch menu, then ideally we serve this with Calalloo, a slice of Macaroni Pie, Stewed Chicken, Fried Rice and Potato Salad, i mean the works. However I myself will have this with a plate of White Rice some Greens or just a hot bowl of Beans by itself because it is just that yummy. However you choose to have these beans i sure do hope you ENJOY.

Thank for joining another session of Food Therapy and i do hope to see you soon.

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