Here are a couple soups that I make using the bean flour as the thickener. They had originally called for flour as the thickener, but the bean flour is easily substituted and provides a healthier alternative. The bean flour that is used as a thickener is from white type beans (great northern or lima beans). There is no bean taste to adding in these as thickeners and it is never lumpy, but rather very smooth. These recipes were both made in the crockpot, but probably could be made on the stove top. I just generally like putting everything together first thing in the morning and then forgetting about it until supper time.
Crockpot Chicken Rice Soup
- 6 T. butter
- 3 T. diced onion
- 7 c. chicken broth
- 2 c. cooked, diced chicken (or turkey)
- 1 c. brown rice or wild rice blend
- 2 c. diced carrots
- 1/3 c. white bean flour
Place in crock pot on low for 4 -6 hours or until the vegetables are tender. Turn to "keep warm" setting and add in:
- 1 c. milk (can add in more, depending on consistency that you like)
- 2 c. shredded cheese
Serve when cheese is melted.
Crockpot Cheeseburger Soup
- 1 lb. browned hamburger
- 3/4 c. diced onion
- 3/4 c. shredded carrots
- 3/4 c. diced celery
- 1 t. basil
- 1/4 t. parsley
- 4 T. butter
- 4 c. chicken broth
- 4 c. diced potatoes
- 1/4 c. white bean flour
- 1/4 t. pepper
Place in crockpot and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until all vegetables are tender.
Turn to "keep warm" setting and add in:
- 8 ounces shredded cheese
- 1 1/2 c. milk (can add in more, depending on the consistency you like)
Serve after cheese has melted. Can add in 1/4 c. sour cream right before serving.
I have also used the pinto bean flour in making a taco dip. I used the recipe from the Making and Using Bean Flour post for making the refried bean mixture. I added in taco seasoning to taste. Spread the cooled bean/spice mixture onto a large platter. Add a layer of sour cream and a layer of salsa. Shred up lettuce and cheese to add on top. Serve with tortilla chips.
I hope this provides you with some inspiration for using bean flours. They are an excellent substitute for flour used as a thickener in soups or gravies. If you have questions about using beans or the bean flour, please let us know. We are devoting this month to beans and rice and would love your input or if you have suggestions on what you would like covered.
Until next week, Julie
Julie is Merissa's mom and she's committed to living a frugal and simple lifestyle. Julie grows her own herbs in her garden and enjoys making things at home. You can now find her home remedies and ideas here at Little House Living.
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