I am extremely committed to order & schedules. I hate to waste time thinking about the same thing twice. So when it comes to family meal planning we are scheduled a year in advance; I know I'm a nut job, but family nutrition and non-boring meals are very important to me! We have bean night on Mondays, it's easy for me to gather the ingredients on a Sunday night, throw them in the crock Monday AM and have a delicious healthy meal to end what is usually a hectic day. Guaranteed no pizza or take out on Mondays! Of course I can't stop there, I have 13 tried and true recipes, which means we have the same meal only four times a year (instead of chili every month) and I can easily keep my pantry stocked with a years worth of ingredients . . . ok I have a hard time knowing when to stop. My older kids are now asking for the family recipes, and I am copying them into a cookbook for them as I make each one, so I thought I would share here as well. You can count on a new "bean" recipe once a week for the next 13 weeks. Some are simple and old fashioned and some are more exotic, they all have been tweeked by me over the years into family favorites. I use canned beans, feel free to use dried, I just like the ease of canned. All of my recipes feed four big appetites with at least a bowl left over in case of unexpected company. WEEK 1 MOMS NAVY BEAN SOUP 4 Cans of Navy Beans rinsed (mash one can in a bowl) 1 white onion grated 2 garlic cloves - crushed 2 carrots shredded 1/4 cup olive oil Ham Diced Water Janes Crazy Mixed Up Salt to taste Put it all in a pot and let simmer all day. Serve with good crusty bread and Tabasco for individual seasoning. Simple, hearty, healthy and delicious.