Friday, May 9, 2014

Dried beans -- I've got them, NOW what do I do with them?

Dried beans of all sorts, black beans, lentils, split peas, Great Northern beans, can all be purchased at any supermarket in the dried bean section. You should be able to find them for $1.50 or less per pound.

It has come to my attention that there are a lot of Moms out there who don’t know what to do with these lentils or any of the dried beans that they receive. I’m hoping a little help from me will encourage you to use them in your cooking. 
Brown Lentils
Many times struggling families receiving assistance from food outreach programs may find a bag of lentils or pinto beans or black beans when they receive their groceries.Those receiving WIC benefits may also find themselves with a lot of lentils, as well as other beans.
Dried pinto beans
Dried beans are an excellent source of protein. Getting your family to eat them can be a challenge, but once you get them to try something new, just a small taste or two, you might be surprised what they will eat. AND…your grocery budget will stretch even further!
Dried black beans
I'll start with some simple recipes, things you can start off as side dishes and then slowly progress to main dishes as your family enjoys them more and more.

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