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National Bean Day 2018

Quote of the Day: Whole foods like grains and beans release their sugar very, very slowly because of the fiber in them, and they don’t give you a sugar rush. They feed your cells as needed, and as a result, you have loads of stable energy that powers you through the day. Kathy Freston

National Bean Day

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Today is National Bean Day in the United States. Beans were an important source of protein throughout Old and New World history and still is today.

Bean History

The word “bean” and its Germanic cognates (e.g., Bohne) have existed in common use when referring to the broad beans and other pod-borne seeds since the 12th century.

The oldest-known domesticated beans in the Americas were found in Guitarrero Cave, an archaeological site in Peru, and dated to around the second millennium BCE.

Bean Trivia

Beans are a heliotropic plant, meaning that the leaves tilt throughout the day to face the sun. At night, they go into a folded “sleep” position.

Beans were first seen by a European when Christopher Columbus, during his exploration of what may have been the Bahamas, found them growing in fields.

Bean Recipe

CJ and I enjoy legumes’ slow cooked in our standard crock pot. My background in commercial kitchens had always kept me away from crock pots but, I am happy to say that my recent use of one has been a great experience. After a bit of trial and error, we think this is a great recipe for only a few specialty items. Here it is The Versatile Beans.

Easy Crock-Pot Beans
An easy to make crock-pot beans recipe.
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  1. 1 lb Dried beans (Black, Lima, Great Northern, etc.)
  2. 1 lb Mild or hot sausage, ground
  3. 1 qt Chicken stock, low sodium
  4. 1 sm Yellow onion, diced
  5. 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  6. 4 tbsp Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  7. 2 Bay leaves
  8. 1 pk Goya Ham flavored concentrate
  9. 1 pk Goya brand Sazon Seasoning
  10. 2 oz White wine vinegar
  11. Add water to cover as needed and hot sauce to taste.
  1. 1) In a large skillet, brown sausage
  2. 2) Add onions and lightly sauté
  3. 3) Add garlic and continue to cook until aroma is apparent.
  4. 4) Add both Goya products, stirring well to evenly coat.
  5. 5) Transfer mixture to crock pot set on high.
  6. 6) Add bay leaves, beans, chicken stock, vinegar, and water to cover beans.
  7. 7) Top with lid, and simmer for 2 to 2-1/2 hours.
  8. 8) Check beans for doneness, adding water as necessary and cooking until desired tenderness is reached.
  9. 9) Add Cilantro and hot sauce to taste.
  10. 10) Serve over white or yellow rice.
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