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Dreid Beans

Dried Beans

Dried beans are a great pantry staple. They have a long shelf life and are a great source of fiber, which our bodies need. When you cook beans from scratch, you can control the amount of salt and fat in them. Our budget-friendly, easy recipe offers one way to prepare this delicious and nutritious ingredient.

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Dried Beans

Yield: 4-6 cups
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  • 2 cups dried beans, rinsed
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt to taste

Instructions for Adults

Assist children with cooking on the stovetop, boiling water, and safety.

Instructions for Kids

  • Place beans in a large bowl. Cover with water (the water should be at least 2-3 inches above the beans). Cover the bowl with a lid. Allow the beans to soak overnight on the counter, or for 8 hours.
  • Pour beans into a colander. Rinse.
  • Cut carrot, celery, and onion into 1 inch pieces. Mince garlic.
  • Add oil to a large stock pot and heat over medium heat.
  • Add the carrot, celery, onion and garlic and cook until softened (3-5 minutes). Add the beans and bay leaves, cover with new water (water should be 2 inches above the beans). 
  • Bring to a boil over high heat. Make sure to scoop off any foam that forms and discard.
  • Cover with a lid and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20 to 40 minutes, or until beans are tender.
  • Add salt and cumin. Stir. Remove bay leaves and allow to cool slightly before eating.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 1 week.


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