Thanksgiving Side Dishes from Women’s Bean Project!

We hope you will enjoy making some of our fun, healthy, easy Thanksgiving side dish recipes, there’s even a Gluten Free cornbread stuffing recipe!

On this day of giving thanks, we’d like to thank YOU for supporting us. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at WBP!


Thankful Cornbread Stuffing


  • Women’s Bean Project Golden Cornbread Mix-made according to package directions, crumbled
  • 7 slices oven-dried white bread
  • 1 sleeve saltine crackers
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 7 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sage (optional)
  • 5 eggs, beaten


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine crumbled cornbread, dried white bread slices, and saltines; set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the celery and onion and cook until transparent, approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Pour the vegetable mixture over cornbread mixture.
  • Add the stock, mix well, taste, and add salt, pepper to taste and sage.
  • Add beaten eggs and mix well.
  • Reserve 2 heaping tablespoons of this mixture for the giblet gravy.
  • Pour mixture into a greased pan and bake until dressing is cooked through, about 45 minutes.
  • Serve with turkey as a side dish.



Grateful Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing


  • 6-7 cups Women’s Bean Project Gluten Free Cornbread made according to package directions, cut into½-inch cubes
  • 4 links gluten-free sausage (pork, turkey, chicken), pierced with a fork and simmered in hot water for ten minutes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2-3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 apple, peeled and diced
  • 2 (14-oz) cans gluten-free chicken broth


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a 9×13-inch pan.
  • Spread cornbread cubes on a baking sheet and toast in oven for about 10 minutes or until edges are dry.
  • Rinse sausage in cold water.
  • Remove skin and crumble sausage. Set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in pan and sauté onion, carrots and  celery for 2 to 3 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
  • Add garlic, apple pieces and crumbled sausage and sauté another 2 minutes or until apples are soft.
  • Add toasted cornbread cubes and toss to coat with mixture.
  • Pour broth over mixture. Add seasonings as desired.
  • Pack stuffing loosely into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. If top gets too brown, cover lightly with foil.
  • Serve with turkey as a side dish.




Positively Pleasing Pumpkin Scones



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Pour dry mix into mixing bowl and whisk to blend ingredients
  • Cut 1 stick of cold butter into small pieces and  blend into the dry mix with your fingers until mix is crumbly
  • Whisk together cream, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and two eggs
  • Stir cream mixture into dry ingredients until just combined
  • Form dough together on a floured board and flatten to 1 inch thickness
  • Using a 2 ½ inch biscuit cutter, cut scones
  • Place scones on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown
  • Let cool for a few minutes; for an added autumn treat, serve with apple butter.

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WBP PJ’s Smoky Tomato Dip Recipes


Our spice mixes are good for so much more than just to dip your veggies into-they can make an entire meal! Check out the recipes made with PJ’s Smoky Tomato dip mix below!

Smoky Tomato Aioli

Combine 1/4 cup light mayonnaise, 1 tb extra virgin olive oil, 1 tb fresh lemon juice and 1 tb PJ’s Smoky Tomato Dip Mix. Stir well, cover and chill. Use as a spread on sandwiches.

Salad Dressing

Mix package with vinegar and extra virgin olive oil and use as a dressing for your favorite salad-great for cucumber tomato salad!

Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Mix with cream cheese, stuff chicken breasts and prepare as you normally would.


Blend with chopped fresh tomatoes for a zippy salsa.



WBP Green Chili Salsa Mix Recipes

Our spice mixes are good for so much more than just to dip your veggies into-they can make an entire meal! Check out the recipes made with our Green Chili Salsa Mix below!

Cornbread Stuffing

Mix 1/2 package of seasoning with a 2 cup box of stuffing and its seasonings. Follow the directions on the package for a southwestern slant on a favorite side item! Green chili cornbread stuffing is also fantastic with stuffed pork chops.

Bloody Mary Mix

For the best Bloody Mary you’ve ever had, combine 1/2 package of Green Chili seasoning with a 46 oz. can of tomato juice. Add a dash of celery salt and a splash of Worcestershire Sauce. Mix with your favorite vodka. Adjust amount of seasoning to suit your taste. One package can season up to one gallon of tomato juice. Add a celery stalk to your drink and enjoy!


Brown 1 lb. ground beef or turkey, drain fat. Stir in 1/2 package seasoning blend; mix well and enjoy!






WBP Original Salsa Mix Recipes

Our spice mixes are good for so much more than just to dip your veggies into-they can make an entire meal! Check out the recipes made with our Original Salsa Mix below!



Cut 2 lbs. chicken, beef, buffalo, turkey or pork into strips. Combine meat, juice of 1 lemon, 2 tbsp olive oil and seasoning blend. Refrigerate at least 3 hours. Grill or saute meat with sliced peppers and onions. Serve with warm tortillas, shredded cheese, sour cream and guacamole.

Salsa Brisket

Prepare salsa according to package directions. Place one 4-5 ln beef brisket in gallon-sized storage bag. Add salsa; refrigerate overnight. Place brisket and salsa into roasting pan. Cover lightly with foil. Roast at 325 for 20-30 min per pound; basting frequently. Remove foil for the last 15 min of roasting. Carve and serve with salsa from pan.


Peel and mash 3-4 ripe avocados; blend with 2 tbsp sour cream and 1/2 package seasoning. Mix well with a fork and serve with chips or your favorite veggies!



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Honoring our Volunteers: Jill-the Amazing Life Coach

April is National Volunteer Month and Women’s Bean Project wants to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who help us achieve our mission of “changing women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise”.

We are fortunate to have the support of 250 active and dedicated volunteers who assist in all aspects of the program and the business – coaching, mentoring, life skills presentations, mock interviewing, job shadowing, marketing, sales, special events, internal processes, board of directors, etc.  We could not meet our goals without the invaluable support of our volunteers.

We want to highlight the contributions of a special volunteer.  During the past year Women’s Bean Project was fortunate to have the help of Joyce Buteyn-Garrett who volunteered more than 300 hours of her time and expertise as a Life Coach each Friday to help program participants overcome personal barriers and move forward in their lives.  In a recent client satisfaction survey, Joyce’s Life Coach classes were rated the most popular and effective by the women we serve.  In addition to the classes, Joyce has provided one-on-one coaching and support to many of our women.  A number of women stated that Joyce’s class “changed my life.”

In Joyce’s words:  “Volunteering as the Life Coach at Women’s Bean Project has been an honor, to say the least, and offered me the opportunity to coach some of the most courageous women I have ever met. Women who have been dealt challenges that are beyond imagining. I watched them become aware of their courage, embrace the best of who they are, envision their potential, step out of their familiar and wake up to their possibility. For many of us, this takes a life time to comprehend let alone make these realizations a part of our daily life. They did this in one year. Thank you, courageous ‘Women of the Bean’, class of 2011-2012, for allowing me to watch you embrace your possibilities and create a new familiar.”

Joyce can be contacted at:
Bridges to Success Coaching



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Since 1989 we have been helping women break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. We are a nonprofit organization that teaches job readiness and life skills for entry-level jobs through employment in our gourmet food production and handmade jewelry manufacturing businesses. Women come with the goal of transforming their lives and moving toward self sufficiency.


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