Beans beans, the magical fruit, the more you eat the more you toot. The more you toot the better you’ll feel. So lets eat beans at every meal!
Oh don’t pretend you weren’t singing that song as soon as you heard that beans were the Secret Ingredient for Friday Foodie Fix. It’s a children’s song that’s been around forever. Well maybe not forever but since I was a kid and that seems like forever ago.
Beans are from the seeded pods from a legume. The common bean has been cultivated for six thousand years in the Americas. They were found in Guitarrero Cave, an archaeological site in Peru, and dated to around the second millennium BCE. Gosh, that means people have had to come up with excuses for gas for a long time. If they didn’t have a dog to blame it on, I wonder what they said?
Beans are usually purchased either fresh or dried. Dried beans are rich in protein, calcium, phosphorus and iron. Their high protein content, along with the fact that they’re easily grown and stored, make them a staple throughout many parts of the world where animal protein is scarce or expensive. They’re also great if you are a vegetarian or vegan. Fresh beans like green beans, fava and lima beans are often sold in their pods.
So for the purposes of today’s post, you have many choices of which bean you’ll use. I hope you’ll share your recipes in the comments section and Mr. Linky to link directly to your recipe on a blog or website. Please share your original recipes under your name or if you have found a great recipe somewhere add it here too. The more the merrier. My favorite are gluten and dairy free but if they’re not please let us know. When you share your link please add the title of the recipe and either your name or the name of the blog where it’s linked to. As always, check the Friday Foodie Fix page for more info.
Here are a few of mine:
Refried Beans with Dry Bean Guide
So many bean recipes to share. I've shared a couple of my favorites. You mentioned the nutrition of dried beans. I wonder how that compares to that of canned beans?