Healthy, frugal, filling, what's not to like about beans? Dried, canned or frozen, beans are an inexpensive form of protein that are eaten all over the world. It's time we had a group celebrating beans!
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Do any of you want to join me in a bean-based culinary "trip around the world?"
I generally have three go-to ways to handle beans: boiled with ham, classic baked beans, or latin/caribb-style. I looked for bean recipes in JAP and they mostly fit the same three categories.
If we are going to eat beans three times a week, as is recommended to get the cholesterol-lowering benefits, we need more variety. Beans are eaten all over the world so it's time to venture far afield.
I love beans, and they are the best budget stretcher! We have eaten a lot of bean soups this winter and even my picky kiddos are starting to enjoy them! I shared all of the bean recipes that I have on JAP to this group so check them out(not really that many yet!). My favorite is the Black Eyed Pea and Brown Rice Soup
Not so much the byproduct. LOL So many recipes include beans now that this is an excellent topic to start Heidi!! Where would we be without Red beans and rice? Or Senate bean soup? Or even the lowly refried pinto beans? So many choices and so many wonderful spices and flavorings make beans a great alternative to meat, or a wonderful additive to meat dishes to stretch the budget. :)
A yummy surprise inspired me to start a bean group for us. There are many different kinds of dried beans beckoning to us on the grocery shelves and my experiences were limited to a few. I'm probably not at all unusual in that respect. So, throwing caution to the wind, I decided to pick up a bag of large white lima beans and to boil them up with ham and veggies. They made a dreamy, creamy pot of bean soup.