Five Uses for Leftover Beans

The World's Healthiest Foods' beans: inexpensive, delicious and loaded with amazing health benefits! What more do you need to know, except the quickest, easiest ways to prepare these great-tasting beans? Here's how to get started.

Preparing beans from scratch is so easy and so inexpensive! However, you do need to plan ahead as beans need a good long soak—from 2 hours to overnight—before cooking. Of course, you can always buy already cooked, organically grown, canned beans for use in any of our recipes calling for beans. Compared to other sources of protein, even these ready-to-eat beans are much less expensive.

But, if you're willing to try your hand at cooking dry beans from scratch, you'll be greatly rewarded. Home-cooked beans are more flavorful and firmer than canned, plus they cost about 1/10th as much! Beans are so versatile; you can cook up a large pot, freeze some in quart-sized freezer bags to have on hand later, refrigerate the rest and and enjoy them throughout the week in salads, dips, and soups.

You'll be amazed at how easy it is to prepare dry beans! Here are the simple instructions:

To cook the beans, you can either cook them on the stovetop or use a pressure cooker. Either way, it's a good idea to add a strip of dried kombu, a sea vegetable you'll find in the Asian foods' section of most grocery stores. Kombu adds healthy minerals to your beans while further improving their digestability.

Once you have your pot of cooked beans, you'll find many delicious ways to serve them. Look first at our Recipes, as quite a number feature beans.

In addition, try enjoying beans in the following five ways.

For more information on the health benefits and uses of beans, please see the articles on the website on Black Beans, Kidney Beans, Garbanzo Beans, and Pinto Beans.

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