Great ingredients make for great meals. Whenever you can, use the highest quality supplies for your recipes. The flavor difference will always come through in your finished dish.
If there is an ingredient that you are not familiar with, check our Ingredient section. There are pages and pages of information about the ingredients used in my recipes.
I don't hesitate to use canned beans and black beans are no exception. Find the brands in your market that you like and stick with them. This may take some trial and error because there's a wide variation in quality.
I rinse canned beans and canned black beans are no exception. In most major brands there's a high salt content and rinsing will help some. For some reason canned organic beans seem to have less added sodium.
I will add that I am inclined to use freshly cooked beans in places such as salad recipes where I will serve the beans whole. I think that the quality is more apparent in such recipes as opposed to such dishes as soup or black bean cakes.
2 ounces dried black beans = 193 calories, <1g fat, 0g sat fat, 0g mono fat, 12g protein, 35g carbohydrates, 3mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol
1 cup canned black beans = 200 calories, <1g fat, 0g sat fat, 0g mono fat, 14g protein, 36g carbohydrates, 158mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol
Legumes in The Mediterranean
As with the wide variety of cabbages you can find in the market, there are lots of different legumes (some of which you probably didn't think were related to each other).
What are legumes, and why
are they good for you?
The word legume refers not only to the species of plants, but also to any fruit that grows seeds lined up in a pod. (I find it interesting that peas and black beans are actually considered to be fruit.) Also known as Pulses, legumes include beans, soybeans, lentils, peas, peanuts, snap beans and edible pods.
Slim Your Waist with Whole Grains and
I've said for years that the most important factor in weight loss is the number of calories you eat versus the number of calories you burn. That said, we also know that some foods are more filling and satisfying than others, which is just one explanation for why those who eat more whole grains tend to gain less weight over the years. Further, those who eat more legumes seem to have a lower Waist to Hip Ratio (WHR).
A Little More Fiber Can Help You Reduce
Your Risk of Diabetes
More and more children and adolescents are considered overweight or even obese, leading to a related rise in the cases of insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, and type 2 diabetes among children. This is usually attributed to the amount of sugar in their diets combined with the poor quality carbohydrates they eat.