Pinto! Northern! Garbanzo! Black! Beans!!!!!! What’s not to love? They are inexpensive, easy to prepare and packed with protein, fiber, iron, and minerals, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Beans are quickly becoming a staple in our home. Here are a few ideas for cooking them:
- Add to soups. One of our favorite soups is split pea soup with chunks of ham in it!
- Serve with spices, such as garlic, paprika or cayenne pepper.
- Baked beans
- Mash beans in fat (lard or oil) to make refried beans.
- Onions, bacon, carrots or peppers may be added to beans.
- Beans and rice
Beans should be soaked overnight in water to soften them and make them more easily digestible. I recommend buying beans dried. Dried beans are healthier than canned beans. We have been getting some of our bean varieties from ALDI foods since we can get them just as cheap there as buying them in bulk. Other varieties we buy in bulk online.
Do you have a favorite bean recipe? I’d love to try it out!