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Easy Bean Tips

By • Mar 3rd, 2006 • Category: Potatoes, Grains, and Beans, Vegetarian Tips Print Print

Easy Bean Tips

Here are some easy tips to make canned beans a workable and delicious part of quick vegetarian meals. Many canned beans only work well if they are to be cooked and mashed because they simply don’t hold up well during the cooking process. But if texture is not an issue then go straight for the can.

In my experience, organic beans are worth the few cents more. If you go for sodium-free, simply add a little fresh salt during the cooking process and you’ll be all set. When using canned bean, all you really have to do is adjust the cooking time in any recipe that calls for fresh beans. When adding beans to soup for example, add the canned beans only during the last ten minutes of cooking time.

One type of bean that I’ve found very little difference in between canned and dried are chickpeas. But as with any canned bean, I suggest rinsing them well and substituting the liquid with vegetable broth.

So keep your pantry stocked, and when you’re in a hurry to make a salad, pasta sauce, or a quick soup, go ahead, open that can, and add the protein, fiber, and nutrition that only beans offer.

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is Toni Fiore was raised by an Italian-American father and a German mother who instilled in her a sociable nature and the love of travel and of good food. She has lived in Italy and Germany and now resides in southern Maine. She is the author of: Totally Vegetarian: Easy, Fast, Comforting Cooking for Every Kind of Vegetarian
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2 comments
Chef
Chef

Hi Grace, sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, we've been shooting our 2008 season. Off hand I don't have a sweet syrup recipe for chick peas, but I will look into it and get back to you! Thanks for writing. Toni

grace
grace

Hi Toni! I am so glad to have found your blog site. I love your vegetarian recipes on chick peas. I want to ask you how to make a thick syrup for sweetened chick peas. Thanks a lot!

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