What’s all this ‘beef’ about going meatless (occasionally)?

In 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that there were 58.7 pounds of boneless chicken and 51.5 pounds of beef per person available to eat in the US, but did you know that over 7.3 million people in the United States follow a vegetarian based diet? Many of you may ask “How do they get enough protein?” The fact of the matter is there are many foods that are great sources of protein that are not animal products.

No More Cool Beans: Cooking Beans Correctly

Welcome back to the second post in our bean series!  As you probably know, beans can be purchased dried or pre-cooked and canned for convenience. As with many convenient food items, canned beans are high in sodium. If possible, purchase pre-cooked beans that are canned in water or reduced sodium. Straining and rinsing beans of their…

The Benefits of Beans (Bean-ifits)

Often overlooked and under-appreciated, dried beans are an excellent source of nutrients.  Moreover, compared to traditional sources of protein like chicken or beef, dried beans are a low-cost, shelf-stable protein option. Eating a plant-based diet has been shown to protect against cardiovascular disease and is associated with lower triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and blood pressure. Due to their excellent fiber…