It's Time to Talk About It
By KellyAngelFoodChef on March 26, 2011
I'm always amazed at how many people are afraid of one food in particular. It's not big, threatening or harmful unless not prepared properly (which is quite easy, so no excuses).
The big, scary food is the DRY BEAN. (cue scary music...dum, dum, duuuummmmm....)
Beans are typically a part of each Angel Food Ministries menu per month. Since we like to buy 3-boxes, we usually get three bags of dry beans. Luckily for me, I got over my fear of the big, bad, dry bean years ago.
Beans are incredibly versatile and provide the body with an amazing source of protein. They are also quite good when prepared in the right dishes (I also love them plain, but I'm kind of weird when it comes to my beans).
Depending on which month you order from Angel Food Ministries, you are likely to get some sort of dry bean. This past month and the upcoming month both feature red kidney beans to go with the ground beef and seasoning provided for chili. That makes your introduction to dry beans very easy!!!
You can soak them overnight, drain and cook. Or, you can boil them for two minutes, then let them sit, covered, for one hour as a quick soak then cook to desired texture. That's it. Seriously.
Is it time consuming? A bit depending on how you choose to get them ready to cook, but they are wonderfully delicious and somehow the chili tastes better with freshly prepared beans. AND they don't have the sodium found in canned beans. It's a win-win.
The package usually has directions on how to cook them, but why do they seem far more threatening or complicated than the simple reality?
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