BeansIf you decide to eat in a healthy manner, think of the four food groups: legumes (beans, peanuts), fruits, vegetables and fiber. Beans are a healthy, economical way to get protein and fiber. If you purchase dried beans, you will want to put them in a colander and run cold water over them. Be sure to pick out any small stones or debris. Soak the beans in clean water for approximately 6-hours before cooking. Rinse them and add fresh water to the cooking pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 60-90 minutes (until tender). Wait until beans are cooked before adding salt or tomatoes and other flavorings so you won’t slow down the cooking process. Serve with rice, baked potatoes, a green salad and/or fruit for a delicious, healthy meal.

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