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Where do Beans Come From:
Beans come from plants.
Why we Need to Eat Beans:
Beans are rich in nutrients, low in calories and a good source of
protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Kidney, black, great northern beans (white), lima.
Legumes are also included in beans such as lentils, peas, chickpeas,
mung, and soybeans.
Bean Facts: How to Cook Beans:
Canned beans are ready to use.
Dried beans need to be washed, cleaned and soaked overnight. (great
job for a younger chef)
To cook, cover with water and simmer one hour or until tender. To
add flavor that the beans can soak up while cooking, add onion,
carrots, ham bones and a bay leaf to the water.
If your kids dont like cooked beans try sprouting your own beans.
They come out with a much different taste and you may find a new way
to get your kids to snack on something healthy. Lentils, adzuki,
mung, garbanzo are all good ones to try. Beans need to be fresh and
not canned and not already cooked. They should be hard and fresh
when starting the sprouting process.
How to Sprout Beans:
Rinse beans in strainer.
Add beans to a glass jar and pour cool water in the jar. The
water level should be several inches above the beans. Secure a
lid with a mesh top or cheesecloth. Let sit overnight.
Drain beans and rinse several times. Make sure you shake all
the excess water out.
Place on your kitchen counter or somewhere away from direct
sunlight. It doesn't have to be dark but it needs to be open to
Every night and morning for several days continue rinsing with
cool water and shaking all excess water out. This is an
important step. Rinse several times and make sure all water is
out to allow beans to sprout.
When they have sprouted for 2-3 days they are ready to eat.
Always make sure your sprouts are completely dried out and store
in fridge when you are done sprouting.