So cheap, so ordinary, so healthy. The beans are good for a lot of things. Rich in fiber and antioxidants, help prevent every possible kind of disease. They call them “poor’s people meat”. Probably that’s the reason why all of my grandparents reached 80 years in good health.
Comparing to meat beans are incomplete protein (because they lack essential amino acids). The best way to go around it’s to combine it partial-protein foods to make complementary protein. Just combine beans with either brown rice, corn, wheat, barley, quinoa, amaranth…
This is recipe for big pot. Good for two people, for two days (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
It’s stupid to cook less, just freeze remains and eat them within a month.
My father’s bean soup
1 cup of of mixed beans
1/2 cup chickpeas
1/2 cup barley
1/2 cup lentils
2 big onions
4 cloves garlic
2 stalks celery
2 small tomatoes
2 bay leafs
1/4 tsp. sugar
6 cups water (approximately)
5×5 cm strip of kombu
2 fingers strip of homemade smoked bacon with skin (just for that smoky smell)
a pair of high quality sausage – to make my husband smiling (otherwise he calls this recipe: Empty beans)
Soak beans, lentils, chickpeas and barley overnight. Wash them and strain.
Dice all the vegetables. In a large pot heat olive oil, and sauté onion until translucent. Add other vegetables, except tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Cook on low heat until the vegetables are all cooked. Add tomatoes, sprinkle a little bit of sugar (to balance acidity in tomatoes), and cook for additional 5 minutes. Or until almost all the liquid evaporates.
Add beans (all of them), water and bay leaf. Add bacon. Cook for 1,5 hour on low heat. Taste, season. If it’s to juicy, cook some more, if it’s to dry add some water.
Cook sausages separately and add them at the end.
The happy farts will follow you wherever you go!
They say if you cook them the right way the gaseousness of beans will be virtually eliminated. I find that untrue. Adding kombu helps, but only helps. I did not try to sprout them jet. Maybe that’s true. For us it works to eat beans more often, twice a week at least and develop immunity.