Beans, Beans, Beans

Did you know that you can use beans in a lot of ways besides chili? Have you stayed away from dried beans because you didn’t know how to prepare them? Dried beans can be an affordable way to eat healthier. They can be cooked in a slow cooker to save time. For more ideas on how to cook different types of beans from scratch, check out this Eat Smart Blog.

Kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, lima beans, black-eyed peas, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), split peas and lentils all fall into this category of beans. One type of bean can usually be substituted for another type in recipes. Taste and color may vary slightly.

Beans are available in dry, canned, and frozen forms. They are excellent sources of plant protein, and also provide other nutrients such as iron and zinc. In addition, beans are a good source of B vitamins, potassium, and fiber, which promotes digestive health.

Celebrate Meatless Monday by using beans in your meal as a substitute for chicken, fish, or red meat like has been done in this recipe for black bean burgers

Beans also make a great side dish: toss a can of white kidney beans (cannellini beans) or chickpeas with a chopped red pepper for color and some herbs such as rosemary or oregano with a teaspoon of oil. Cook on a roasting pan at 350 degrees for 15 minutes for a nutrient-dense alternative to pasta or rice.  Try adding beans to your favorite soup or salad—this will help you stay fuller longer!

Here are some other bean recipes to try:

Bean Tacos
Mexican Veggie Bake
Cowboy Caviar - enjoy a healthy and flavorful bean salsa

For more information and other recipes check out the Bean Institute.

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