Beans, Good for All Occassions-Featured in the Blackbelt Gazette

    Yes, yes, beans are good for your heart. Beans/legumes are high in protein and fiber protect against heart disease by lowering LDL or bad cholesterol. For dieters, the high fiber in beans fills you up quicker and provides essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals with a low percentage of carbohydrates. Diabetics can also reap the benefits of these high fiber foods that are known to slowly release sugar into the blood stream. Beans have also been said to reduce the chances of cancer and hypertension. Locally we have a plethora of legumes both dried and canned. When you get tired of one you can just move on to the next one. Chickpeas, great northern beans, kidney beans, red beans, black beans, pinto beans, soy beans, lentils-the list goes on and on. Yet, I find few people that truly love legumes.


    Beans don’t have to be boring or bland. They can be used to create or replicate exotic dishes. For instance, Garbanzo beans in my opinion bland alone, but with a dash of this and that they transform into Hummus, Falafel, or Chana Masala (Chickpea curry). If beans just aren’t your thing, don’t forget their cousins-peas. No, not just sweet peas; I’m talking lentils, green split peas, black eye peas, pigeon peas, purple hull peas, even yellow split peas.

    In the beginning of my love affair with beans, I needed a little helper called Beano. Yet, the more I ate them, the better I was able to digest them. It was just a matter of time and adding a bay leaf to the cockpit to aid in digestion. Here are a few recipes to try:

Chana Masala:

1 can garbanzo beans/chickpeas, 2 TBSP oil, 1 large onion finely chopped, 1 green chili minced chopped (opt), 1 garlic clove minced,1 tsp ginger minced, 1 tomato finely chopped, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp red chili powder, ½ tsp salt, ½ cup coriander chopped for garnish. Heat the oil on medium heat in a skillet or wok. When oil is hot, add onion and sauté a few minutes then add the green chili, garlic, and ginger. Sauté until onions have began to brown then add tomato. When tomato has cooked down, add all other spices in order then the chickpeas and stir well. For cook for 10 minutes. Garnish with cilantro. 1 cup of soaked chickpeas can also be substituted along with 3 cups of water and cooked for 45 minutes to an hour.

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