The Case for Canned Beans — Simple Scratch Cooking

by in Family, March 29th, 2012

breakfast burrito
I love a perfectly cooked bean — tender to the bite, yet toothsome. I’m also the first to admit that taste-wise, nothing compares to cooking up a pot of dried beans from scratch. My ideal strategy is to cook double the amount I need, and store leftovers in the fridge for the week ahead, or the freezer; I like to call this my secret stash.

This doesn’t mean I rule out recipes that call for beans when I find my fridge and freezer with nary a cooked one in sight. That’s when I dip into my other secret stash. Yes, that’s right, I keep canned beans in the pantry, too. First and foremost, beans are an inexpensive source of protein. They’re also high in iron, which is especially important for vegetarians since meat is the other main source of this necessary nutrient.

The trick is to test out different brands until you find one that isn’t mushy and overcooked. I usually keep a backup can or two of pintos, black beans and red kidney beans. They all help get a quick vegetarian meal ready in less than 30 minutes, add an extra boost of protein to breakfast or serve as a hearty side dish.

Related Recipes:

Breakfast Burrito

Warm White Bean and Steak Salad

Perfect Veggie Burgers (Make it gluten-free by swapping in brown rice for the barley, and make sure to use a gluten-free soy sauce.)

Smoky Corn and Bean Chili

Jennifer Perillo is a recipe developer and food writer living in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her recipes and tips for feeding families homemade meals are a regular feature in Working Mother magazine, where she’s the consulting food editor, as well Relish Magazine, Parenting, Kiwi and her blog, In Jennie’s Kitchen.

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Comments (2)

  1. Oh man I should never look at your blog while hungry =) Those things look simply great, I just must test that recipe sooner or later!

  2. ace1028 says:

    I love to hear this as they tend to be a staple in my pantry stock – and in many of my meals! Yum! Also thinking I need to try out that veggie burger recipe since I have always wanted to make them from scratch.

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