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January 28, 2018
Burgers and cakes made with beans? Yes, and that’s only the beginning….

Their market value is inversely proportional to their nutritional value! Yes, value for money has never found a better response than in the case of beans (and generally all legumes). All you need to do is think about how beans are the only food that can play both the role of a starchy and a protein type of food, while half a cup of beans can supply your organism with about 8 grams of vegetable fiber (the exact number depends on the type of bean you will be using)! What does this mean? Simply that you don’t need (and shouldn’t) consume two bowls of navy bean soup in one sitting… A small amount (even if it is “hidden” or mixed in with other foods, as you will see further down) is enough to offer you all its nutritional ingredients.

Beans are an exceptional and unique food for which I can talk about for hours. And you know what? I believe I need to do just that… Well, not me.. but my recipes… through which I will try my best to help you take a whole new look at beans. Not like just one more type of bean that can make a soup tastier, but like an ingredient that can add so much flavor to even… desserts and sweets! How many of you know that you can use beans in confectionary and baking? Following, I will show you 7 different ways that you can cook beans. 7 original ways for you to enjoy beans in a way that you never imagined…   

Their sweetness and rich flavor acts as a link for the remaining ingredients of the filling, while at the same time they offer a special, creamy texture.

Ατομικές πίτες με πανσέτα, φασόλια και λαχανικά από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

Alternative soups, meaning soups that don’t remind you of the traditional soups like navy bean soup (which between you and me, is absolutely delicious and exceptionally nutritious), but are just as flavorful, strengthening and… filling.

Σούπα με φασόλια και λάπαθα από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

Salads, in which the protagonists are not the beans but the vegetables. Beans are included just to make you… forget the bread, make the salad tastier and really give a boost the nutritional value!

Σαλάτα με αβοκάντο και φασόλια από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

They can easily accompany your pasta dishes (for example, a salad with pasta or a serving of pasta with pesto sauce), but also a light salad with rice, immediately transforming it in to a complete main dish.

Σαλάτα με μαυρομάτικα φασόλια και ρύζι από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

A homemade white bean hummus could nicely accompany a meal at any time of day. You could enjoy it in a grilled sandwich for extra energy for breakfast, or in a sandwich as a snack or lunch.. or even on its own along with some crackers in the evening.

Τορτίγιες με αρνί και χούμους από φασόλια από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

Are you tired of traditional ground meat (beef, chicken or turkey)? Then you can make your own amazing burger patties made out of beans to… help fortify these homemade sandwiches. Ideal for vegetarians but also for those who love these type of good, wholesome, alternative flavors…

Σάντουιτς με μπιφτέκια από φασόλια από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

Surprisingly, beans can not only… fit into sweet recipes but can also make the perfect combination for some of them! Just right for those of you who look for healthier, more alternative recipes but also for those of you who undergo fasting periods.

Κέικ με φασόλια από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

Are you afraid that beans might make you feel… bloated?

Then all you need to do change the water they soak in, often. You can also change the water when they first begin to boil or add some baking soda while cooking. These tips could lessen or even completely eliminate the problem. Of course, they may even lessen a part of their nutritional value along with the problem (since even cooking “kills” a part of the vitamins). Even so, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by adding beans to your lives!

 

Akis

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