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can anyone point me to a book or website that has this kind of thing? i'm looking for vegetarian, but not tofu. mostly rice, cous-cous, lentils and veggies. snacks too would be great. i'm a total newbie to cooking, i need real basic info like essential spices and herbs to have on hand etc. i'm tired of spending so much money on boxed/packaged organic things. my dh and kids are SOOO picky so i need to make normal-ish things.
: if anyone can help i'd really appreciate. TIA

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Do you have a food co-op, Wild Oats type thing near you? That is the best place to buy bulk organic grains and beans. It's a lot cheaper to buy bulk than it is to buy the boxes.

When I was learning how to cook, The Joy of Cooking was my bible. I still refer to it. I also use the Fanny Farmer cookbook. They are very traditional and meat-based but they cover lots of basic stuff, like how to cook rice, etc.

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what kinds of foods do you like to eat?

as for where to get the foods, there is a bulk foods coop in AZ, Tucson Cooperative Warehouse, which would be a great place to start looking. We get our grains, legumes, nuts, oils, etc in bulk order every few months (or even once a year when we order large) and it really cuts down on cost, even though you have to save up for it.

We create most of our own recipes based on foods we like that aren't good, substituting good ingredients for bad.

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naturemama3 are you in tucson?

i checked that co-op, is it delivery only or do they have an actual store? i've looked into the food conspiracy co-op and think i will end up joining there. i'm basically looking for easy recipes for rice/cous-cous/beans that i can make cheaply from scratch and bulk. thanks for the help ladies!

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no, we had been looking to move to southern utah, possibly, and I found that. We use Azure Standard which is similar. Yes, they're delivery only, but it is very worth it for many bulk items. Those are typically a lot more expensive at walk-in stores.

Here are some of my recipes for rice/beans. I don't honestly use much cous-cous..

Portabella Wild Rice (side dish)

4 1/2 cups water
2 cups wild rice (or wild-mix)
1 TB virgin red palm oil (
2 tsp onion poweder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp toaste sesame oil
1 tsp celtic sea salt

Combine in large saucepan and bring to a boil, cover and reduce to simmer for 30 minutes. Allow to sit 5-10 minutes after cooking to fluff.

In large frying pan (we use a 15-inch iron skillet):

2 TB walnut or olive oil
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
3 cups thinly sliced baby portabella mushrooms (or larger, sliced in smaller pieces)
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp celtic sea salt

sautee until tender, add rice and sautee another 4-5 minutes. salt additionally to taste if necessary.

Barley Lentil Soup

8-10 cups water (more or less per texture you prefer)
2 cups pearled barley
2 cups lentils (we use baby french)
1 whole yellow onion, finely chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, crushed/minced
2 carrots, finely diced
3-4 fresh roma tomatoes, finely chopped or coarsely blended
1 TB celtic sea salt (we use coarse for this)
2 tsp basil
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder

In stock pot, boil lentils 15-20 minutes, drain. In crock pot (high) or large stock pot, combine all ingredients but tomatoes and simmer until barley and lentils are tender (1-1.5 hours on stove, 2-3 hours in crock pot). Add salt as needed to taste.

(you could sub any grain for barley)

Seasony stir fry rice

6 cups water
3 cups long grain white rice
1 TB red palm oil
2 tsp celtic sea salt (more or less to taste)
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp celery flakes
1/2 tsp turmeric

Combine ingredients in large saucepan, cover and bring to a boil and simmer 20 minutes (or until water is absorbed. let rest 5 minutes before serving.


stir-fry in 1 TB walnut or olive oil and 1 tsp toasted sesame oil after cooking, combining with peas, diced carrots and green onion slivers.


use brown rice and adjust cooking time to 45 minutes.

Veggie Burgers

3-4 cups rolled oats, whizzed (add last, to texture)
3/4 cup walnuts, whizzed or finely chopped
1.5-2 C (8-grain cereal cooked, beans- mashed, etc)
1/4 c nutritional yeast flakes
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp onion
1/2 tsp celery flakes
1/2 tsp garlic
1.5 tsp salt (or to taste)

combine the above, form into patties and cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side at medium to medium-high heat.

(you can use cooked rice, cooked beans, combo of those, the leftover lentil-barley soup from above or just about anything else in that area for cooked cereal)

Red Lentil Soup

6 cups water
3 cups blended tomatoes (or 1 large can crushed tomatoes)
2 cups red lentils (dry)
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced (to taste)
2 TB extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp celtic sea salt (to taste)

Sautee onion and garlic in olive oil in bottom of large soup pot, until onions start to turn clear. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until lentil are very tender.

Great South of the Border Beans!

4 cups dry beans (black, pinto or small red), soaked overnight
10-12 cups water (depending on how thick you like your beans)
1 yellow onion, diced
6-8 cloves garlic, minced/crushed
1-2 TB celtic sea salt (more or less to taste)
1/2 TB cumin
1/2 TB onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
3-4 roma tomatoes, diced/blended

In large pot, combine beans, water and salt, slow boil until nearly tender. Add onion, garlic and spices, boil until tender. Add tomatoes and simmer until desired taste/texture.

optional: add 1 capsule probiotics halfway through cooking and when fully cooked and cooling. This helps decrease the gas from the beans.

optional: to make chili, use small red beans, increase garlic by 3-4 cloves, increase cumin to 1 TB, double tomatoes and simmer until thick.

Sweet Beans

3 cups dry navy beans, soaked overnight
6-8 cups water, depending on desired texture and needs
1/2 cup sorghum, maple syrup or brown type sugar
1/2 cup crushed tomatoes (or blended fresh)
1 Tb celtic sea salt
1 tsp onion powder

Combine beans, water and salt, bring to slow boil and cook until tender. Add sweetener, tomatoes and onion powder, simmer until desired texture.
(this is my knock-off version of heinz beans)

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Originally Posted by granolapunk View Post
i do have a wild-oats. is everything in the bins organic or do i need to look for what is and isn't?
No, everything in the bulk bins is not organic. Definitely read the labels carefully.
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