Tag Archives: Beans

Recipe: Ham and Bean Soup

Ok, so you you have some beans, and some leftover ham. What shall you ever do with these ingredients? Well, as my dad always did with leftover ham, you make some ham and bean soup. A great side for his ham and bean soup was his cornbread (made proudly from a box of Jiffy cornbread mix), which was great when I dipped it in the broth.




  • 1lb of beans
  • ½ lb of ham (leftover ham works just fine), cubed
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 cup of chopped carrots
  • 1 tablespoon of parsley, minced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Jiffy Cornbread mix


Follow directions for cornbread on Jiffy mix box. If using dried beans, add beans to a pot of boiling water and with a few pinches of salt and remove pot from heat. Let beans soak for an hour and then drain. (Just use fresh beans as you would these soaked beans in the recipe) Add beans to large pot with 1-2 cups of water along with onion, salt, and pepper. Bring pot to boil for 20 minutes and then reduce to simmer. Add carrots, ham, and parsley to pot. Simmer for 60-90 more minutes. Serve soup hot with cornbread.

Recipe: Chili

One of my personal favorite winter meals in my dad’s repertoire is his chili. It is super easy to make, is a perfect winter meal to keep you warm, and you can eat for a whole week and not get tired of it.



  • 1 lb. of ground beef (or 2 cups of corn for veggie chile)
  • 2 lbs. of beans
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 packet of chili spice (or make your own)



Start by browning the beef in a pan and draining the grease (If not using ground beef, skip this step). Then add all of the other ingredients except the beans to a pot with 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Then add the beans and continue to simmer for 1-3 hrs.

For a Well Rounded Diet Eat CPB*

*CPB: Corn, Pumpkins, Beans

Once upon a time people scavenged for food instead of going to the store and buying it. Then, instead of wandering around all day until finding something to eat, people started growing their own food. At Ryves Up!, kids are learning this important skill. Theoretically you can grow whatever you want, but apparently if you are from the Midwest you only know how to grow corn. Not to worry! Corn is actually better for you than what you are eating nowadays.


The kids at Ryves Up! grow corn, pumpkin, and beans together since this combo can create a thriving garden. These three foods just happen to create a thriving diet too (as much as a diet can be “thriving”). Researchers believe that changing your diet from the current standard American diet to include mainly pumpkin, corn, and beans can help reduce diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Basically, if you want to live forever eat some corn, pumpkin, and beans.

With the sheer amount of corn grown today providing carbohydrates, it is almost the perfect food to feed humankind. Unfortunately, like everything, it falls short in a couple categories. Corn lacks lysine and tryptophane (to save you the trip to Google these are essential amino acids) and riboflavin and niacin. These nutrients are provided by beans (thanks beans). Pumpkins provide Vitamin A and their seeds provide fats to round out the diet. Ryves Up! exposes the kids to the tactics of growing the parts of the power trio diet, which you can learn more about yourself at Mother Earth News.