Archive for the ‘Beans’ Category

Savory Steel Cut Oats with Beans, Avocado & Bell Pepper Picture Book Recipe

Savory Steel Cut Oats with Beans, Avocado & Bell Pepper

Last post showed how to cook steel cut oats as quickly and easily on the stove. As mentioned in that post, steel cut oats take longer to cook, about 25 minutes, than rolled oats because steel cut oats are not precooked or preprocessed before being cut to smaller pieces by steel blades. That minimal processing means that steel cut oats have a more chewy texture and nutty flavor, stick with you longer because they take longer to digest, and are much more versatile than rolled oats, meaning they can be used in a wide variety of both sweet and savory recipes.

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Microwave Cooked Pistachio Pesto and Hummus Quesadilla – All in Pictures

Microwave Cooked Pistachio Pesto & Hummus QuesadillaFood usually comes to mind while I’m out on the bike. After a spectacularly colorful October ride, I came home to put together this recipe that combines the nutty flavors of pistachio pesto and hummus along with the fresh crunch of red bell pepper and creamy texture of avocado. Great stuff for a post-ride/workout meal or any lunch or dinner.

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How to Cook Dried Kidney Beans – All in Pictures

How to Cook Dried Kidney BeansBuying and cooking dried instead of canned kidney (or any) beans has two distinct advantages: dried beans are less expensive than canned beans, and, unlike canned beans – even those labeled “low salt/sodium”, dried beans are not at all processed with added salt or preservatives. Here’s an example of an ingredients label from a bag of dried kidney beans in my kitchen.

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Microwave Beans Alfredo Fusion: Full-On Flavor and All in Pictures

Microwave Beans Alfredo Fusion I’m a big fusion fan! Here’s a fully flavorful, richly nutritious, and very easy to make recipe that came to mind while ripping it on a gorgeously colorful fall bike ride the other day that combines – or fuses – the Italian creamy Parmesan cheese flavor of a modified (less fat, lower calorie) Alfredo sauce with the richly flavorful and nutritious Latin American staples of kidney beans, cilantro, avocado, and tomato.

Here’s a picture of what you need to make a bowl of microwave cooked beans Alfredo fusion.

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How to Make Hummus – All in Pictures


HummusLike I mentioned in the last post that showed how to cook dried garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas), garbanzo beans/chickpeas are nut-like in flavor, versatile, meaning they can be used in all kinds of recipes, and are highly nutritious, especially regarding their protein and fiber content. Read more »

How to Cook Dried Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas) – All in Pictures

Cooked Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)If you’re not familiar with garbanzo beans or chickpeas, they are nut-like in flavor, versatile, richly nutritious (especially regarding protein an fiber), and extraordinarily appetite-satisfying. Below is a summary of nutrition facts (164 grams is 1 cup of cooked garbanzo beans), which you can click for a full garbanzo bean nutrition graphic posted by Condé Nast that was derived from USDA information.

USDA Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas) Nutrition

NOTE: If you’re not used to eating foods high in fiber, like these beans, you can acclimate your body and minimize uncomfortable bloating by starting with a small amount of beans added to your meal and then steadily increasing that amount. I followed that advice myself, and it worked out great.

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