January 6th is Bean Day. Why? No one seems to know. I can't seem to find anything about its origins, though there are theories about farmers celebrating the bean harvest. But in January?? Who knows. I do know that we have a lot of bean recipes and I am more than happy to share them with you! January is also National Staying Healthy Month, so eating legumes, which are high in protein and low in fat and cholesterol, is the perfect solution.
So why not celebrate Bean Day by making something with beans? Or better yet, make it the main attraction. Beans have loads of protein, are a great low fat replacement to meat, and are very inexpensive. Try one of these recipes, or visit our bean recipe section for more.
Amish Bean Soup
Black Bean Soup
Crock Pot Beans
Old Fashioned Baked Beans
Three Bean Casserole
7 Bean Salad
by Amanda Formaro
Legumes are a type of vegetable that includes beans, peas and lentils. Legumes are one of the most versatile and nutritious foods, low in fat, they contain no cholesterol, and are high in folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. Legumes also contain beneficial fats, and are a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber. A wonderful source of protein, legumes can be a healthy substitute for meat, which is much higher in fat and cholesterol. Legumes are often chosen by vegetarians to replace the protein they miss by removing meat from their diets.
Aside from all the health benefits that beans offer, they are extremely budget friendly. A one pound bag of beans is usually less than $1.50 and can make several meals, depending on the number of servings you are planning.
Beans can be stored in the bags they are packaged in. However, if you open the bag, or if the bag is punctured, it's better to store the beans in a glass or plastic container with a tight fitting lid. Moisture is the enemy, and air carries moisture. Do not keep dried beans in the refrigerator, a dark cabinet is best.
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