This may seem weird, but we've never eaten beans in our house. I decided a few weeks ago that we needed to start incorporating beans into our diet. So, I checked out multiple bean cookbooks from the library and started reading recipes. My goal is to make a new dish involving beans each week for at least the next month.
I've made 2 recipes so far. The first one involved dried pinto beans, ground beef and rice. It was ok but a little bland. Apparently pinto beans need a lot of spice. It was the first time I'd ever made dried beans and that part turned out good.
Tonight I made a southwestern style pasta with black beans. This time the beans were canned. This dish was awesome! We all really liked it. It had a lot of spice in it. I'm not sure how practical this dish would be in a situation where we would be using our food stores, but it could serve as a special dish to make things more bearable.
Since beans and rice are supposed to be a complete meal, and beans and rice are both easy to store, I want to experiment with different types of beans with rice using different spices.
Since I am trying to build up food stores it seemed important for us to learn to use and eat beans before we were forced to. Beans are cheap and easy to store for long periods of time. What I did discover is that I also need to plan on storing different spices to make the beans more palatable.
If anyone has any favorite bean recipes they'd like to share, I'm all eyes!