Monday, November 5, 2012

More Bean for Your Buck!



If you're like me, and you use beans daily as a protein, then you know it can take multiple cans to get through the week, and can cost $1-$2 per can! I know that's not gonna break the bank, but buying in bulk can get you weeks worth of beans for the price of one can! That means more $$$ for that coffee addiction!!!

To find your inner cost-saving bean goddess...or god, follow these easy steps:

1.  First, you'll need to visit your local market where you can buy foods in bulk...that would be Whole Food or Sprouts for me.

2.  Once you get your dried beans home you will want to rinse them to get rid of any excess dirt. Place them in a bowl, and soak with about 3 inches of water above them. You don't have to soak them, but doing so reduces the acid that makes you gassy and gives you the toots!

3.  Once beans have soaked for about 12 hours, overnight is best, bring a large pot to boil, and add beans.

4.  Once beans have come to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cover. Simmer for 1-2 hours until beans are soft..

I store my beans in mason jars, which you can buy at your local hardware store, and freeze any jars that I'm not ready to use. Now you're all set to make salads, hummus, chili...and oh yeah these Roasted Garbanzo Beans...




These Roasted Garbanzo beans are quick and easy, and have been my go-to snack lately...sorry Kale chips...

In a large bowl, combine beans, a splash of olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and cumin. Place on a baking sheet at bake at 425 degrees for 10-20 minutes until crispy.

That's it...enjoy as a snack or replace as croutons in your salad! It's like a healthy CornNut! 

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