If you have
never cooked beans before, try some of these easy bean recipes
Do you shy away from bean recipes because you don't know how to cook
beans? Beans are inexpensive and nutritious, and they are
perfect weight loss foods. Here are the basic steps to follow in
cooking dried beans. After you cook basic unflavored beans,
you can freeze them or use them in any bean recipe. Below are a few of
our favorite recipes to get you started.
Bean dip with raw vegetables is one of our favorite lunches. Bean dips
are easy to make and very portable. Cut up an assortment of raw veggies
and keep them in the fridge, covered with water. When you are ready for
lunch or a snack, they will be waiting for you.
Black Bean Dip.
Black beans are the most nutritious of beans because of their deep
black color. Isn't it great that they are delicious too? You can make
this simple recipe in minutes. It never lasts long at our house.
Mexican Bean Dip.
Mexican food always includes pinto beans, too often cooked
with lard. This healthy pinto bean dip contains no added fat. It has
a subtle smoky taste from natural hickory smoke.
White Bean Dip.
White beans are so versatile because of their neutral color and taste.
The nutritional yeast and green chilies in this recipe make it taste
something like a chili-cheese dip.
We season this non-traditional dip with fresh lemon juice and lots of
spices. Cilantro is optional, but it adds a nice flavor. The garbanzos
give it a naturally rich taste.
Casserole. We love Mexican food and this is one of our
favorite recipes. It makes a lot, so it is perfect for potlucks and
Chili Recipe. Jerry created this chili for a chili cookoff on
Super Bowl Sunday. He didn't win the cookoff, but many of our friends
loved the chili and asked for the recipe.
and flavorful, these are as good as any commercial veggie burger. Plus,
they are low in sodium and cost only pennies to make.
This recipe is so easy, yet it turns out to
be a beautiful gourmet meal fit for company. It has a very low calorie
density so you can lose weight while you entertain guests.
Beans in a hurry
You can use canned beans in many bean recipes. Buy salt-free beans, or
rinse the beans to
salt. We always keep a few cans of
beans on hand for quick meals. One 15-oz can of beans contains
about 8 oz of beans after they are drained.
Home-cooked beans cost quite a bit less than canned beans and they
freeze well. We cook big batches of beans in our 6 quart
crockpot. We drain and
cool them, then freeze them in 16-oz portions in