This week, we go gaga over desserts in tomorrow’s “Dessert Mayhem 1.0” baking class and we turn Japanese in Saturday’s “A taste of Japan” cooking class. Stay tuned for March and April classes!
It’s no secret that I love love love beans. I think I’ve reached the point where a freshly simmered pot of beans — just the first round of cooking in water, salt, and nothing else — gets me more excited than freshly baked apple pie (!) or freshly pressed green juice (!!). Yes I can’t believe I just confessed that. Does that make me weird? I wouldn’t have gotten into the business of vegetables if I wasn’t a little weird, anyway. Better weird than blah.
Why all the excitement over beans? Are beans really that amazing? YES, and I can’t harp about it enough! These guys are a super inexpensive, nutrient-dense plant-based food. They come in a rainbow of colors — white, yellow, red, green, black — and sizes. By weight, beans contain more protein than eggs and most meat. And unlike meat, they don’t fill you with cholesterol, saturated fat, or toxic nitrogen byproducts (hello, tuna hotdog). So take note, meat eaters: veg-heads aren’t wilting flowers. We get our plant-strong protein from the beanery.
Here are some of the ways a bean does a body good:
- Contains diosgenin, a phytochemical which can inhibit cancer cell growth
- Protects against heart disease by reducing serum cholesterol levels
- Contains fiber — great for the pooper, greater for lowering cholesterol
- Amazing source of calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, B vitamins
- Perfect carbohydrate for people with diabetes, insulin resistance, or hypoglycemia
- Strengthens the kidneys and adrenal glands (according to Ayurveda)
Can meat do that?