How to Cook Dried Beans 101: the Healthy, Tasty and Cheap Way to Prepare Beans from Scratch.

Let me say this loud and clear: I LOOOVE BEANS! I love them so much that the majority of the recipes I make at home feature some kind of beans. My tender feelings towards these protein-loaded gems have led me to devote today’s post to the secrets of their optimal preparation. Beans spark creativity! (To make Mr. Bean Man here, I used chickpeas, blackeye peas, black lentils, mung, lima and speckled butter beans.) First off: why should we eat more beans? Beans and legumes contain large amounts of plant proteins, B vitamins, iron, potassium, magnesium, and various phytonutrients. Beans are much lower in fat than meat and dairy while providing good amounts of protein: one cup of lentils contains 17 grams of protein and only 0.75 grams of fat with no cholesterol. Beans contain two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber enters our bloodstream and brushes out cholesterol … Read the rest of the post