Lately I've been eating a lot of legumes. Black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, black-eyed peas, red lentils, French lentils, green split peas and chana dal. I've made chili and taco soup, black beans over polenta and black-eyed peas with greens, split pea soup with ham, red lentil soup with coconut milk, French lentil soup, Indian spiced chana dal and Ethiopian misser wot.
|Green Split Peas|
Beans are good for you. You know this. You've heard this so many times that maybe you don't even think about it anymore. They are the highest-fiber food you can choose, over any type of fruit, veggie or whole grain. I was recently talking to another dietitian and she mentioned that both her and her husband had been diagnosed with high cholesterol, but they had lowered it through dietary changes -- namely, significantly upping their legume intake. That's it. Her husband's cholesterol dropped 60 points by eating beans everyday. I can't guarantee that you'll lower your cholesterol by consuming legumes, but it's a great start! If you want to learn more about cooking beans and gas reduction techniques, click here.
|Beans soaking with kombu waiting to be pressure cooked|
When possible I like to cook my beans from scratch, but I'm very impatient. I boil enough water to cover the beans by an inch or two, I let the beans soak for an hour and then I pressure cook them.
|My Pressure Cooker|
Are you sold yet?
When I first started using a pressure cooker I was terrified it would explode in my face, but that has yet to happen. Just pay attention and follow the instructions and you'll be fine.
What do you like to cook in your pressure cooker? What are your favorite bean recipes?