WEDNESDAY: Legumes, nuts, and other proteins
We have almost 200 lbs of beans at my house! Dried beans, canned beans, frozen beans…If you need some beans, I’ve got them.
Most beans can boast 8 or 9 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein! They are definitely a power food! But there are so many different kinds! Here is a quick reference to the different types of beans.
|Also known as||Stove top Cooking Time||Best Uses|
|Lentils||dal||1 hour||Side dishes, soups, stews|
|Soy Beans||Edamame, tofu, Tempeh||3 1/2 hours||Snacks, salad garnish|
|Red Kidney Beans||Adzuki||2 hours||Meaty flavor, Good in Chili, soups, salads, casseroles|
|Pinto Beans||Cowboy beans, Mexican beans,||2 hours||Good in Mexican Food/ made into refried beans. Good in casseroles and soup.|
|Great Northern||1 1/2 hours||Baked beans, soups, stews|
|Lima Beans||Butter beans, Madagascar beans, Fava||2 hours||Succotash, casseroles, soups, salads|
|Black Beans||Turtle beans, black Spanish beans||2 hours||Good with ground beef, soups, stews|
|Garbanzo Beans||Chickpeas||Used in salads, casseroles, or pureed for hummus|
|Black eyed peas||cow peas, cherry beans||1/2 hour||soups, over rice, oriental and Mediterranean dishes|
|Navy Beans||Fagioli, Pea bean||2 hours||Soups and stews|
We had white chili for dinner the other night! It was delicious. With many different recipes out there, I basically used:
- White kidney
- Black eyed peas
- chicken broth
- Salt/ pepper
- and chili powder.
A recipe very similar to this one, but I tend to put my own amounts. Like more beans, less chicken. Adding some tortilla chips for dipping is an easy way for my kids to polish off a bowl of chili and ask for more.
Here are some of our favorite bean recipes:
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