I recently bought a bag of dried beans on clearance at the grocery store. I usually buy canned beans, but it was too good of a deal to pass up. The problem was that I didn’t know how to prepare them! Years ago, I tried to cook dried beans and they ended up crunchy and undercooked.
I discovered a recipe to prepare dried beans using my slow cooker. The slow cooker cooked the beans overnight! It was so easy. I froze the beans in containers so I have cooked beans ready to use whenever I need them.
Beans are a great way to add protein to meals and save money on groceries. Beans give you long-lasting energy and help you feel full for a long time. Here are some of my family’s favorite ways to eat beans:
- We top salads with beans. Try black or pinto beans for a taco salad or navy or kidney beans for a Mediterranean salad.
- We make dips with beans. Adding beans to dips makes a quick snack full of protein! Our favorites are Hummus, Black Bean Salsa, and Cowboy Caviar.
- We add beans to pasta dishes. A quick dinner my family loves is a box of cooked whole wheat pasta, a jar of pesto (found in the grocery aisle near spaghetti sauce), and a few cups of garbanzo beans. We mix it all together and it’s ready in 30 minutes. We serve it with a garden salad or steamed green beans or broccoli.
- We add black beans or pinto beans to eggs and wrap in a tortilla for a Southwest breakfast burrito! Try this recipe for a fun weekend breakfast!
- We make soups with beans. Soups are a great way to use up a lot of beans. We like Vegetarian Chili and Minestrone Soup.
Katie Sorrell is a Registered Dietitian who likes to try new recipes. She meal plans and shops at the grocery store on the weekend for the upcoming week.