We love beans. Not everyone loves beans . . I get it . . but I don’t understand it, probably in the same way most people don’t understand why I don’t like chocolate. We do eat a lot of beans and even though they are high in carbs, when we’re dieting, we find that a reasonable portion every few days does not knock us out of ketosis. They are complex carbs and they have lots of fiber and other nutritional benefits so, in my opinion, it’s not like drinking a Dr. Pepper. 🙂
Each of these tubs will hold about 70 pounds of beans and we have several tubs.
There are several colors of lentils, split peas, kidney beans, small red beans, mayocoba (yellow) beans, great northern beans, navy beans, black eyed peas, pinto beans and black beans, though mostly I buy those in 50 pound bags at Sam’s Club. There are also several packages of 15 or 16 bean soup mixes in our tubs.
Recipes we love are 15 Bean Soup, White Bean/Chicken Chili;
- 15 Bean Soup (which we’re having today)
- White Bean/Chicken Chili
- Borracho Beans
- Refried Beans
- Red Beans/Sausage/Rice
- Homemade Baked Beans
- Lentil Soup
If you’re wanting to try more beans in your diet, there are a lot of recipes at The Bean Institute’s recipe section.
One thing I thought was funny, and just proves that there’s so much I don’t know and so much I will never know – I grew up in southwest Louisiana and beans were a staple. I’m not sure if it was because we were kinda poor or if it’s just part of the culture but we loved beans and at them often. Of course, red beans, sausage and rice is definitely a Louisiana dish that’s served often. As far as I know, mom always used kidney beans and I always used kidney beans to make red beans and rice. In fact, Camellia Brand beans are the beans I used for years and even the recipe on their website calls for red kidney beans. When Vince and I got married, I made red beans, sausage and rice often and finally one day, he told me he didn’t like it because the skins on the beans were tough. I still don’t see it but I switched to using pinto beans which he liked better.
A while back, I was reading about different beans when I was thinking about what kind of beans I might plant, I realized that “small red beans” are different from “red beans”, which are usually kidney beans. I bought a bag of small red beans to try with our next batch of red beans, sausage and rice. Vince liked them! No tough skins. I never knew about small red beans til that time. Last night I was watching a video about beans and the guy mentioned the small red beans and talked about them, as well as other beans. I started thinking . . maybe I’m not (but maybe I am) the only person who never knew there was a difference in red beans vs. red kidney beans so I thought I’d share . . just in case.