In 2008, our family decided to eat more beans. We called it our weekly “Bean Challenge”. This post, originally from my previous blog “Striving Green”, tells the tale of how our we first started to incorporate beans into our family’s diet.
One of challenges I’m undertaking on behalf of our family is to have one meal a week that centers around beans. Beans are delicious, versatile, and our whole family likes them. And,
there is much to be said for a vegetarian diet vs. a meat based diet and their respective impacts on the environment.
Beans are most frequently used at our house as a side-dish, but not the focus of the meal. We haven’t to this point made a conscious effort to have one bean-centric dinner a week. Right now, it just happens if it happens.
So now is the time – one bean dinner a week. The secondary goal is to have our children eat it…AND enjoy it!
Fortunately, I like to cook, so this should be a fun challenge. As an added bonus, I prefer to cook without meat. Raw meat is not my favorite ingredient to handle/slice, etc. (ick) Typically, when my husband and I cook with meat, we usually give the warning to each other: “Watch out! There’s raw meat juice in the sink!” It will be nice to not have to proceed with caution when approaching the kitchen faucet.
I’ve flirted with vegetarianism in the past, but I feel a little rusty in the bean-recipe department. I welcome any of your favorite bean recipes! I’ll keep you updated on our progress.
By the way, my favorite bean is: garbanzos (pictured above).