Bean, Rice and Veggie Mix

Posted by: Karen - - December 9, 1999

This mix is basically just a mixture of various grains, beans, and vegetables. It may seem complicated, but it really isn't. You can make up a big batch and freeze it into serving-sized pieces. It is very nutritious. The squash seems to be the favorite part and also probably the most nutritious.

2/3 cup mixed dried beans (the kind sold for bean soup)
1/4 cup birdseed
1/4 cup cracked corn
1 very large acorn or butternut squash (about 3 cups cubed)
1 small apple
2/3 cup cooked pasta
2-3 large leaves collard greens
1/8 cup almonds
1/8 cup alfalfa pellets
1/3 cup grapes, peaches, or other fruit
1 or 2 tbs. chili powder
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbs parmesan cheese
1 packed cup cooked rice
1 package frozen green peas
fruit juice

Soak the beans, cracked corn, and seed in a bowl of water overnight. Then boil the beans, seed, and corn for 20 minutes or so, until cooked. If you're using the microwave, make sure to use plenty of water. They absorb a lot while cooking.

Remove the core and seeds of the apple and cut into a few pieces. Cut the squash into cubes. Squash seeds do not need to be removed, they are very nutritious. Boil the apple and squash for 10 to 15 minutes or until very soft and mushy. The squash skins can be pulled off and discarded.

Combine beans, corn, seeds, squash pulp and seeds, apple, pasta, collard greens, almonds, alfalfa pellets, fruit, chili powder, cinnamon, and cheese in a food processor. This may overfill the food processor and might need to be done half at a time. Process until ingredients are well-mixed and chopped up a little.

Stir in cooked rice and thawed peas. Add fruit juice to achieve a nice consistency. Freeze into serving sized pieces. Makes about 60 ice-cube sized pieces (a good meal size for cockatiels, Quakers, small conures, etc).

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