How to cook beans ; )

If you are trying to eat healthier and eat no meat or less meat and you want to add more beans to your diet here are a few things to consider:

1) canned beans are OK in a pinch IF you can find some that don’t have salt or high fructose corn syrup or sugar in them. You may be surprised but many canned beans have sugar of some kind in the can.

2) dry beans are always your best choice

3) beans (have a lot of protein) and can help you not miss meat so much

4) there are many many varieties of beans to choose from

5) beans make great soup

6) beans are good on a salad, tacos, or to just eat by themselves

Cooking dry beans is so easy and you can avoid the wrong kind of salt and then add sea salt or Original Himalayan Chrystal salt to taste. The only problem is planning ahead. If you are an ahead planner this will not really affect you. If you have to use canned beans in a pinch, just rinse the heck out of them!! : )

Recipe for cooking beans:
You will need a 6 quart slow cooker (crock pot)

Rinse 2 cups of any dry bean, get any little pebbles out and put them in the 6 qt crock pot or slow cooker.

Boil a tea kettle full of water. When it reaches a full boil, pour immediately over he beans in the slow cooker.

Turn cooker on HIGH for 3 hours. For most beans this is when they are perfectly done. Some of the bigger beans may take 4 hours, but most should be done in 3.

Save beans in freezable container along with some juice. Use for soups, salads, to make healthy refried beans for tostadas or tacos, to make veggie chili or chili mac. Add salt and any other seasoning to them as you use them for whatever you decided to use them for. I have found that if I have beans cooked on hand I will use them in my diet and they are soooooo goooooood for you!!


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