I am quite fastidious about how to cook beans and lentils as I do not like experiencing the common thing we all associate beans with…GAS! I now feel good after eating beans and lentils because there is not all that gas and smelly farts.
Beans can be challenging to the digestive system due to their high fiber and starch.
Beans are very healthy; they have a good amount of protein in them. But when we have digestive problems with them like getting gas then what is happening is that they are not being digested properly. Thus we will not be getting all the nutrients from them.
Here is some information about a few of my favourite beans and why it is good to eat them.
Delicious chickpeas also are known as garbanzo beans are a superfood full of health benefits and are a culinary healthy treat! Hummus made from them is delicious. Have you ever eaten falafel? Did you know that their main ingredient is chickpeas? Add chickpeas to your salads, soups, and stews adding high nutritional value to your meals and a very good protein too. Learn more: Chickpeas are Full of Amazing Health Benefits
Black Beans are Beautiful and So Good. Rich, earthy black beans are delicious and are filled with health benefits. This superfood has an abundance of nutrients (protein, vitamins, minerals, disease-fighting antioxidants and lots of healthy fiber). They are one of the most commonly consumed beans in the United States and are popular in Latin American countries.
They are a great source of plant-based protein; they are great for people who avoid eating animal products. 1 cup of black beans provides 15.2 grams protein (30%) of fat-burning protein. Protein is required by nearly every body function. They are often eaten with a grain that works together to make up a full protein making them a very good source of protein for vegetarians.
Red, White, Orange and Brown Pulses Are Superfoods Pulses are part of the legume family; they are the dried seed of the legume plants. Pulses are superfoods that come in many shapes, sizes, and colours such as lentils, chickpeas, black beans, and kidney beans to name a few. Also, they are a great addition to a vegan menu.
The Mighty Lentil – Tiny Powerfood. The lentil was selected by Health Magazine as one of the top 5 healthiest foods on the planet!
They are good in so many ways: your body, your blood, your pocketbook, your taste buds, and even the environment. Beans are generally considered a low cost, healthy alternative to most other protein sources like meat, dairy, and most grains.
Now that you know that eating beans and lentils are good for us and we know we don’t want the gas from them.
Here is How to Cook Beans
This is so simple to do and for sure worth the extra time it takes to eat gas-free beans and lentils.
The first very important thing to do is to wash the beans or lentils with cold water and then soak them overnight in three times the amount of water.
Now let them soak overnight.
Now they are ready for you to cook them.
Here are more details on ‘How to Cook Beans’
How to Cook Beans & Lentils
- Dried Beans or Lentils
- Wash the beans or lentils in cold water and soak them overnight in three times the volume of water.
- The next day, pour off the water.
- Place them in a pot and cover with water 1 inch above the level of the beans or lentils.
- Bring the pot with the beans to a boil. Let them simmer with the lid ajar.
- Skim off the foam. Add more water to the pot if necessary.
- Beans and lentils should always be covered with water while they are cooking. The cooking time will vary according to the type, size, and age of the bean or lentil.
- Most beans will need approximately 2 hours of cooking time.
- Lentils will take between 30 minutes to one hour.
- Beans or lentils should be soft when they are fully cooked. This is the stage that you can add salt, other seasonings, and vegetables.
Here are some very tasty vegan bean and lentil recipes:
Chili con Vege – This is my very tasty Vegan Chili recipe which is always enjoyed whenever I serve it. It is very healthy and it is vegan and gluten-free too.
Black Bean Soup is Really Good For You On a Cold Day – This black bean soup is so tasty and nutritious. It is warming on a cold fall or winter day. It is easy to make and filled with nutritious superfood ingredients. Black beans are my favourite bean. Let’s not forget that this stew is full of protein which is from the beans.
White Bean Vegetable Stew – How about a very yummy, healthy protein meal filled with vegetables. This stew is high in potassium for those of you who need a boost in that area. Also, half a cup of white beans is loaded with close to 100 mg of calcium.name=”check” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Red Lentil Soup Recipe Is Healthy and Delicious – This red lentil soup is so easy to make and is filled with healthy superfoods. You will be amazed by the great taste and how easy it is to make. It’s truly unique!
Authentic Middle Eastern Hummus – Try this creamy traditional Middle Eastern Hummus dip; it is a blend of garbanzo beans, garlic, olive oil, and tahini. A great dip for a party or picnic. Who doesn’t enjoy delicious hummus? The other great thing about this dip is that it is dairy-free and gluten-free too.
Creamy Chickpea and Rice Pie – This chickpea pie is a very tasty meal which does take a little extra time to prepare but it is worth it. The great news is that it is dairy-free meaning it is vegan and gluten-free too!
Adzuki Vegetable Bean Stew – This is a simple recipe with one of the easiest to digest beans; adzuki beans. I love Adzuki beans and this tasty stew is filling and delicious.
White Bean and Asparagus Stew – I created this White Bean and Asparagus Stew recipe out for the first time on two dinner guests. Good news is that they loved it and wanted the recipe. It is very tasty.
Creamy Butter Bean Dip – This butter bean dip is a very tasty, healthy and vegan. The creamy texture makes it good for as a dip. Also, very easy to make.
Delicious Black Bean Stew – This stew is easy to make and filled with nutritious ingredients.
Lentil Stew – Lentil soup has all the benefits of the mighty superfood lentils plus much more. And it tastes great.
Red Lentil Soup – This is an easy superfood soup to make. You will be amazed by the great taste. It’s truly unique!