I was determined to know beans. – Henry David Thoreau, The Bean-Field
How about you? How well do you know beans?
Creamy cannellinis, meaty chickpeas, sweet adzuki, tender flageolet, and so many more – beans are one of the most powerful, nutrient-dense plant foods around.
Consider this: Beans are packed with tons of fibre, as well as plenty of iron and protein. They are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients (nutrients found only in plant foods) and low in calories.
Plus, studies have found them to lower risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
What To Do With Beans
Many people avoid beans because they just don’t know what to do with them. Are you one of them? Keep reading:
Toss beans and diced veggies (such as celery, shallots, red peppers) with vinaigrette for a quick bean salad.
Blend beans with tomatoes, onions, and your favorite seasonings to create a yummy bean soup.
Top a green salad with 1/3 cup of your favourite bean.
Puree beans with a bit of olive oil, a garlic clove, salt, and your favourite seasonings. Voila! A fast dip or sandwich spread.
Include 1/3 cup of beans with your other favourite toppings next time you make stuffed baked potatoes or sweet potatoes.
Add 1/4 cup pureed beans to your favorite pancake, waffle, muffin, or cake recipe. You’ll be surprised at how moist and springy baked goods are when baked with beans.
If you’re new to cooking with beans, first of all you need to know that you can buy them in their dried raw form, or in pre-cooked in tins. We’ll take a look now at a few facts and preparation tips:
Tinned Beans (and I’m not talking Heinz here!)
So to conclude, ideally prepare and cook dried beans whenever possible but keep tinned varieties on hand for when time is not on your side.
Some beans are harder to find than others here in France, especially in mainstream supermarkets but most bio shops have a great selection.
Click here for my super easy Kicking Hummus recipe using chickpeas!
Are you new to beans? Has this inspired you to try some? Or if you use them regularly, what are your favourites? Please let me know in the comments below.
GET EVEN HEALTHIER!
Curious about how health coaching can help you make your own healthy changes? Let’s talk! Schedule a FREE 1 hour consultation with me today or pass this offer on to someone you care about!