Legumes offer an excellent source of plant-based protein and host of of amazing list of health benefits, but for some of us they can be difficult to digest. So if you are someone who gets a bit gassy or bloated when consuming beans and/or lentils, you should consider soaking dry legumes instead of buying canned.
Why Consider Soaking Beans:
Most all legumes needs to be soaked prior to cooking them, including: black beans, chickpeas/garbanzo beans, kidney beans, cannellini beans, great white northern beans, navy beans, pinto beans, red beans, soy beans, split peas, and black-eyed peas. Legumes that typically do not need to be soaked prior to cooking are: lentils, mung beans, and adzuki beans.
Simple Soaking and Cooking Instructions:
Makes: About 2 1/4 cups cooked beans**
**We highly recommend double or tripling the batches since doing this process EVERY time you use beans in a recipe could be time consuming. Freeze them in 2 cup measurements - this will allow you to have enough beans for a few meals on hand. You can freeze soaked, cooked beans in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Just defrost in the fridge the morning of your meal.
Let us know if you have any questions or comments. Happy soaking!
~Jennifer and Billie
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Billie Shellist, FDN-P
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