Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Beans are an easy way to add more fibre and vital nutrients to the diet. I searched "Bean" in Spark Recipes and got the top 500 recipes! There's lots to choose from! I love bean salad for my lunches though it's often a trick to find ways to keep that salad dressing from leaking all through the rest of my lunch when I'm on the road. My cell phones have each been "annointed" at least a couple of times! Adding some rice to the bean salad helps to absorb some of the dressing. :) Adding sweet veggies like beats or corn helps avoid the need for dressing! :D
I love chili, and taco salad made with chili, but even those can get tiring if eaten too much at once. I did think to try making a taco style bean salad. I haven't tried it yet, so I don't have an update. Hummus is fun and can be made literally by mashing any kind of bean. :) I have also added beans to some old time but less healthy favourites, just to add some nutrition. This includes mac and cheese, canned pasta, and rice dishes, whether home-made or not. Some beans have such mild flavour that they can be added just about anywhere, so this morning, I had some left from my dinner last night and stirred them into my morning oatmeal. It made it that much more filling and gave it a better texture than "just mush". I was pleasantly surprised! Don't forget to add some to your soups, stews, casseroles, even mash some up in with the potatoes or add some mashed beans to your pasta sauce! :D
Dr Oz got all excited (at least once) about fava beans or broad beans. Two names for the same beast. They're super nutritious and have a buttery flavour. I love them! You can buy the big flat ones or baby ones, I'm not sure if there's any nutritional difference. I find the big ones have the better buttery flavour. When I first learned about them, I made some "chili" that was really nothing more than fava beans and diced tomatoes, heated up. It was also surprisingly good!
I also love listening to Dave Ramsay on the radio. He's a Christian financial expert and so when he's helping people to cut down on living expenses, his best food choice is "Beans and Rice and Rice and Beans, Baby!". Bean there, done that! ;) I have to admit, even as a cook, I have yet to get dry beans to be as nice as canned beans. Cost wise, I'm not always sure there's that much difference. Yesterday, I managed to get cans of beans for .77, .88, and .99 per can! Woohoo! Stock pile! :D
What are your favourite ways to use beans? I'd love to know! :D