Are you like me, and often find yourself saying, “I forgot to soak my beans!”? Today my friend, Susan, shares a VERY simple solution that I'm really excited about…
Beans, beans, the magical… Okay, I won’t go there. But let’s face it: beans are magical little things. Packed with antioxidants, fiber, protein, B vitamins, iron, potassium, and magnesium (with kidney, navy, lima and pinto beans having the highest levels of magnesium), these gems are a nutritional powerhouse. And almost everyone is deficient in Magnesium these days.
But their magic doesn’t end there: They are also economical, they make for filling meals, they're easy to store, and simple to make, too!
My dad was born in depression-era Arkansas and beans were a staple in his life. He loves them, so my mother often made many dishes with all sorts of beans and, of course, corn bread. (Kelly has a recipe here for gluten-free corn bread if you need one.) I have such wonderful memories of walking into the house after school on a chilly day, and knowing with one whiff that we were having beans for dinner.
So now that I have my own family, I always have beans in my house, both dry and canned. I prefer, of course, to make them from scratch by soaking them overnight and then cooking them the next day, but let’s face it: sometimes it gets to be 3 o’clock and you realize the thing you’re craving for dinner requires beans. It’s just handy to have them on hand.
But then as I open that can of beans, it is always with much hesitance. Soaking beans is so much better for us.
The soaking rids the beans of anti-nutrients and phytic acid, both of which are important to eliminate, otherwise they will inhibit your body from absorbing all those wonderful vitamins and minerals I mentioned earlier. Plus, unsoaked beans will bring on those toots as your body struggles to digest them. And as we all know, that’s where the magic ends.
But when you need a can of beans, what are you to do?
It’s so convenient to zip them through the can opener and toss together a quick dinner, but then I will spend the rest of dinner wishing I was feeding everyone soaked beans because I know they’d be so much healthier. For me, one of the greatest rewards of being a mom is feeding the family something that is not only tasty, but deeply nourishing as well. It just feels so good!
So one day, while jumping from one website to another (you know those times when you start off pricing tires for your car and three hours later you’ve read about fleas, conditioning a baseball glove, building your own barn, and bean dip recipes?), I saw someone comment on a recipe page I was perusing that they liked these organic beans because they’re soaked.
Huh? Did I really just read that correctly? It seemed too good to be true! A company that actually takes the time to soak their beans?
I started looking into it and learned that all of their beans are soaked overnight before being cooked and canned. My heart skipped a beat with delight. I was also excited to see that their cans have been BPA-free since 1999. How cool is that? That nagging concern about BPA was always another thing that gave me pause whenever I opened a can. AND this same company has been resisting the FDA’s suggestion to irradiate the foods they manufacture since the 1980s, not to mention how they have been doing everything they can to fight GMOs since 1993. It looks like they fight for everything we real foodies believe in, and I am going to make every effort to support them by purchasing their products often. Knowing that I am purchasing a product where the company who manufactored it fights as hard for my health, as I do for my own family’s, is so cool that it's almost unfathomable.
These beans are just like we made it ourselves: grown organically, soaked, cooked, canned in BPA free cans, completely void of irradiation, and on the table in minutes.
Heck, even grandma couldn’t offer all that!
So, put your canned bean fears aside, and start stocking up to keep these on hand, because now they truly are the magical fruit!
Important note: The affiliate link shared above is for beans sold by the case and the price may seem quite high at first glance, but if you make lots of chili or soup, then the case price is a really a good value. Otherwise, you can probably find single cans of these beans at your favorite health food store.
Here’s some of Kelly’s yummy recipes to get you started on your bean adventure:
- Who doesn’t love baked beans? You’ll want to read the entire post if you’d like more tips on soaking dried beans, why we should soak them, and how.
- Easy Black Bean Corn Salsa. I recently made Southwestern Chicken Wraps using a black bean salsa very similar to this, added some rice for bulk, layered in some leftover chicken, sour cream, avocado and jalapenos onto a sprouted tortilla, and dinner was on the table in no time.
- Black Bean Mango Salsa
- Anne’s Camp Chili
- Easy 4 Ingredient White Chicken Chili
- Simple Taco Soup
- Tasty Layered Taco Dip
- Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowl
More posts you might like:
- Read Kelly's review of her friend Katie's book, The Everything Beans Book. It's packed with info on how to store them, cook them, and why they are so darn healthy for us.
- Check out more Meatless Meal Recipes.
- Read: Why I Returned My Instant Pot and What I Got Instead.
- Do you suffer from Sleep Paralysis? Read how I was finally able to put a stop to my episodes.
About Susan: I live in Fallbrook, CA (Avocado Capital of the World!) with my handyman husband and our 2 dogs. I am the mother of one, but a mom to many. I love that my daughter’s friends come to me for advice, support, love and laughs. And when they do, I always try to feed them something nutritious or get some cod liver oil in them! Nothing makes me happier than when any of the kids I’ve preached to call me from the grocery store wanting to know which choice is better or what an ingredient to buy! I’ve worked as a medical assistant, an interior designer, and most recently, as a freelance writer for a local paper. I’ve also guided and mentored students through their college application essays. I love learning and reading about all things real food, nutrition, and natural healing, so it is a real blessing and treat to help Kelly around the Kitchen Kop site.