As a child, the word "beans" only meant three things to me: green beans-yucky, lima beans - even yuckier and baked beans - yummy! But now that it's my turn to put dinner on the table, I've learned a bit more about our legume friends. We are foes no more now that I understand both the health and financial benefits of adding them to our regular diet. Beans are effective in the fight against cancer, they are high in protein and fiber and they even help lower cholesterol. Beyond that, they are high in protein, beneficial to those with diabetes, and help lower cholesterol. Maybe they are the magical fruit. And they sure are cheaper than a cut of meat, even you buy them canned, which I do. Otherwise I always end up with indigestible crunch. Here is a link to some outstanding bean based recipes including such gastronomic delights as Italian White Beans with Turkey and Grilled Black Bean Stuffed Peppers. How do they keep the beans from falling in between the grates? I'd better read that one.
Do you have any old stand-bys that you'd like to share?
2 Responses
  1. Martha Says:

    GREAT INFO. Cholesterol fighters take heed!


  2. Martha Says:

    Mexican Lasagna from Womansday

    2 tsp olive oil
    1 1/2 c chopped onion
    l lb zucchini, diced
    2 1/2 t ground cumin (adjust to taste)
    l 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes w/chiles
    1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed
    1 15 oz can white or pinto beans, rinsed
    1 10 oz can enchilada sauce
    1/2 c chopped cilantro
    Whole-wheat or Corn tortillas
    1 1/4 c shredded reduced-fat Cheddar
    Garnish: reduced-fat sour cream or avocado slices

    Heat oven to 400 F Coat a 3 qt round baking dish with nonstick spray.
    Heat oil in nonstick skillet. Add onion, saute 5 min. Add zucchini and cumin, saute 5 min. Stir in tomatoes, beans, corn and enchilada sauce; bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.

    Line dish w/tortillas; sprinkle w/ 1/4 c cheese. Repeat layers until ingredients are all used.

    Cover w/foil and bake 20-25 min until bubbly around edges and cheese is melted. Cool min; cut into wedges and serve w/sour cream or avocado slices.

    This is full of fiber and protein............and taste!


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