Beans are one of the most underrated ingredients. Very inexpensive, very versatile and very shelf-stable, beans can be made into delicious dishes from breakfast to dessert. They are no nutritional slouch either as they are packed with nutrition (protein, fibre and folate to name just a few nutrients). Whether it’s basic beans and rice, cheerful chili, complex curries, or top secret baked bean recipes, beans are a great way to increase your food creativity repertoire on the cheap. To extend a meal by making a side dish into an entrée, try adding beans to a salad.
Beans can also replace some or all of the meat you might use in a dish. This saves money and adds variety without sacrificing the heartiness of your meal. Why wouldn’t you want to dive in and start creating a cornucopia of bean dishes? Oh, that. Beans, beans, the musical fruit, The more you eat, the more you… If your reluctance to embrace beans is their potential for a gaseous experience (which does not deter me from having beans), there is hope. Here are the two main reasons people may experience gas from beans and ways to reduce the ‘experience’:
|1) You are not used to that much fibre in one meal.||
|2) You can't digest some of the carbohydrates (oligosaccharides) in beans||
So why not try them? An affordable, nutritious, delicious versatile food - bring on the beans! Have you “bean” there, done that?