Oily beans in vegan cooking is one of the most popular requests I get from readers. They’re a healthy, filling staple in many diets and can be used in just about any recipe imaginable. In fact, they’re ideal for vegan cooking because they hold up well to sauces and are easy on the digestive system. Here are some ideas for incorporating beans into your vegan diet.
With the versatility of beans, they can be incorporated into just about any dish. If you enjoy creating unique sauces with your tomatoes, peppers or onions, then by all means, make them for your meal. You can also substitute beans in place of meat in chili, stew, soups and many other dishes. They have a nutty, smoky flavor that will truly capture the imagination. You can also use beans in chili and other protein-rich dishes to help boost the protein level without feeling heavy.
There are several bean recipes that just won’t quit. One example is the bean burrito. This is a simple to make tortilla shell version that is filled with bean burgers and cheese. It’s a complete protein that will satisfy hunger pangs without packing on the fat. You can also make a bean dip that features tomatoes, onions and a creamy cheesy sauce.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to cooking beans. For instance, you could make a tasty soup by boiling dry kidney beans and adding spices and vegetables. You could also make a hearty chili that has beans, vegetables and other ingredients. You could also bake the beans in an oven or grill until they are cooked through. Just remember not to overdo it, as excess grease will make the baked beans sticky and unattractive.
It’s also important to realize that oil is not necessarily better than water when it comes to cooking beans. In fact, beans tend to be slightly less flavorful when they’re cooked with water. Water also contains natural fiber, which can help to reduce cholesterol levels and help keep you from experiencing the bothersome flatulence that occurs when using store bought beans in salads. Try cooking your beans with water instead of oil, and you’ll find that your dish will taste better, be more nutritious and help you avoid ingesting those extra calories.
It’s also important to know which seasonings work best with beans. Seasoning can either draw out or neutral the natural flavor of the beans. Some people prefer their beans a little bitter, while others want them to have a milder flavor. Many people also go for a combination of seasonings such as cumin, garlic, black pepper and salt in their cooking. The key is knowing how to use these different seasoning agents in order to bring out the true flavor of your beans.
Dry bean dishes also suffer from the problem of dried beans splashing everywhere when they are being cooked. This is actually easily avoided though by using some sort of lid when you cook your beans. Keep the lid on over the pot or pan and turn on the vent to let any moisture escape from the beans. You’ll also find that you can cut your preparation time in half by baking your beans in a dry environment rather than a moist one.
There’s no secret to making delicious oily beans. What’s the secret is the knowledge and ability to cook them correctly. By following a few simple guidelines you’ll be able to make delicious and nutritious meals that people will enjoy. So don’t be intimidated by the task, just follow these few tips and your family will love having a bowl of healthy, great tasting beans to snack on all day long!