July 3, 2013

National Eat Beans Day

“If you are a dreamer,come in. If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hoper, a prayer, a magic-bean-buyer. If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire, for we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!” - Shel Silverstein

It's National Eat Beans Day!

Speaking from personal experience, I definitely know that I eat more beans now as an herbivore than I did when I was an omnivore. They're just such a versatile food. Chickpeas - for example - are a great substitute in chicken salad. I've found that my burritos and enchiladas seem thicker than before with the abundance of pinto and black used. By removing meat, chili becomes a heartier and heart healthier food when you use a variety of beans, too. Like edamame or hummus? What about Hoppin' John (from the South) or minestrone soup (from Italy)? Maybe Indian food is your thing and you like Dal Makhani or Aloo Mutter? Some folks love succotash (New England) or Ewa Dodo (Nigeria), fassolakia (Greece), or Moros y Cristianos (Cuba), too.

The point is that beans are one of the foods that are truly everywhere, present in nearly every culture's diet, and have been around forever (they've been cultivated since at least 7,000 B.C.). They're a low-fat food that's high in fiber, protein, and antioxidants, too.

So, yes, beans really are a magical fruit.

Happy National Eat Beans Day!