How did beans get such a bad rap?
You've heard it before during our nation's poor economy: the "Beans and Rice Budget."
Or perhaps you recall the elementary school joke: "Beans, beans, the musical food. The more you eat, the more you. . ."
And when it's all said and done, beans are what often gets left off of the menu. Example: Chili, no beans.
Well, I'm here to tell you that beans aren't so bad. They are cheap, which adds a great cushion to your budget. They are healthy and can help you lose weight according to The Full Plate Diet. And they taste good.
So, give beans a break and give them a chance.
Start by cooking them according to package directions. But in the broth they are cooked in, add a couple bay leaves, half an onion, a carrot, and a celery stalk with leaves. Remove them before serving as they will all be inedible by that point. Drain and mix with tomato juice or go ahead and used the cooking liquid to add flavor to your beans.
Tomorrow, I'll share a 5-day meal plan for beans. Cook once, and let them be the highlight of your meal the remainder of the work week.
How about you? How do you feel about beans?