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Quick Ham & Beans

I hope you all had a great Mother’s Day weekend. Mine was fun. We took some fried chicken to Mom’s and hung out with her for a few hours before going to my step-daughter’s house to celebrate with my mother-in-law and her. We had some amazing steak and roasted veggies. By the time we left, it had really cooled off and I was wishing I’d worn something warmer and some real shoes instead of my flip-flops.

Today is chilly and gloomy. It’s supposed to rain all day with a high of fifty degrees. On such a cool day, I want something hot and comforting. I decided to make my husband’s favorite food, which I usually cook once a week for him.

I put a pot of ham & beans on the stove, and my house smells wonderful right now. Dried pinto beans have been difficult to find lately, but I’ve been fortunate to find canned pinto beans. These canned legumes make Jim’s favorite dish super easy to prepare. There’s no sorting, rinsing, or soaking with canned beans. I still prefer the old-fashioned dried pinto beans, but the canned ones are a close second.

I almost feel like I’m cheating when I make this version of ham & beans because it’s so easy. Everything is readily available at my local grocery store, and it’s all economically priced. I hope you enjoy this quick, easy, and delicious recipe.

Quick Ham & Beans

Ingredients 3 (16 Ounce) Cans Pinto Beans 1 (16 Ounce) Package Cubed Ham 1 Tablespoon Weber Roasted Garlic & Herb Seasoning 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper Salt to Taste Water

Instructions Open the cans and pour them a large pot. You can drain them if you like. I usually do, but it’s optional. Not draining them makes the sauce thicker and more salty. The Weber seasoning adds plenty of salt for me. Add the ham with the juice in which it’s packed. Add enough water to cover it all with about an inch or two of liquid, depending on how much juice you like. Add the spices. You can also add onions, a ham bone, or whatever you like in your beans. Stir it well. Bring the beans to a boil. Stir again and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for two hours, stirring occasionally.

I usually make homemade white bread to serve with this, but I’ve decided to make buttermilk cornbread today instead. There are just some days that cry for cornbread.

My lunch of ham & beans with cornbread was just what I needed to hit the spot today. I drank a nice hot cup of coffee with it and enjoyed my meal immensely. Sometimes the simple things are the best.

Take some time to enjoy those simple things. You’ll be glad you did.

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