Beans are the ultimate vegan and vegetarian alternative, with bean burgers and bean protein becoming the norm in households across Canada.
On their own, beans are incredibly healthy. They are filled with fiber, B vitamins, and protein, and are known to help reduce cholesterol, increase healthy gut bacteria, and keep your appetite satisfied.
If you’re stocking up and have your new set of pantry containers out, here are some dried beans to keep under an airtight seal.
Black-eyed peas are a diverse bean, able to be used in various salads, soups, and mixtures of vegetables and protein. Ham, mashed potatoes, collard greens, and rice all go well with black-eyed peas.
Lentils are often used in soups and stews, at approximately 230 calories per cup. There are subcategories of lentils, a la red lentils, green lentils, etc. There are all sorts of ways to eat lentils including on their own. Please note lentils are not technically a bean but rather a legume. Even so, they’re often grouped together as they are similarly high in protein, fiber, and B vitamins.
Kidney beans are one of several essentials to put in your pantry storage. They are an often-consumed bean, very popular. They are often used in curries, mixed in with rice, and vegetarian soups. Like other beans, they can be eaten raw in a salad or cooked with spices and other ingredients.
Chickpeas are otherwise known as garbanzo beans. At 269 calories per cup, chickpeas are perfect for salads and can be used in chickpea burger recipes of course. You can also blend them into sandwiches, lay them out on pizza, and/or turn them into a sauce.
Pinto beans are from Mexico and one of the best beans to stash in your OXO pantry storage containers. They can be prepared in soups, added to tacos or wraps, used in salads, or incorporated into a vegan burger.
Soybeans are what we use to make tofu and similar vegetarian-based protein. Soybean is a common meat substitute. This type of bean can be blended into burgers, crafted into rice, or prepared on its own.
Black beans are most commonly eaten in South America, however, the interest in vegan protein in North America has meant a renewed interest in this type of bean. Try a black bean salad or a simple black bean, rice, and olive oil combination. Another great source of protein and fiber.
The pantry is a highly underused kitchen area in a lot of homes. The first step to filling and organizing this part of your kitchen and dining room area is to have the right set of containers to store ingredients in. Shop pantry organizers and more at Living.ca.