One of the least expensive and easiest ways to healthfully feed ourselves and our family is by adding our favorite beans to our every day menus. They are simple to prepare, and a great nutritionally dense way to nourish your body with fiber and plant-based protein. The versatility of this simple dish adds both balance and bulk to our weekly menu.
When combined with our Gourmet Roasted Cooking Salsas, it is so easy to let this yummy source of protein do much of the heavy lifting in our kitchen all week long.
As a Main Dish
We start the work week with Meatless Monday, or, if it is David doing the honors in the kitchen, Almost Meatless Monday, as we all know, bacon is David’s favorite vegetable.
We start with a nice pot of beans. Both David and I grew up enjoying our mothers’ pinto beans and cornbread. While this is definitely a nostalgic family favorite, lately, black beans have become a family fave. Black beans seem to share a special affinity with our Chipotle Black Beans. It’s like these flavors just know they are meant to be best friends!
Find the recipe for our Chipotle Black Beans here.
As a Taco Filler
Taco Tuesday sees us adding beans as a side, or as a part of the filler for our delicious Taco Tuesday celebration. For other Taco Tuesday ideas, be sure to check out last week’s blog for more delicious inspirations.
As a Salad Topper
Wednesday’s salad as a main or a starter may find a topping of beans!
As a Soup, Stew and NEVER Chili Ingredient, Love Texas:)
Whatever we have left over on Thursday might be found in the soups we like to make on this day of the week. It’s a great way to healthfully get the most out of the remainder of the week’s bounty, while making room for the fresh finds and produce that will be provided by our farmers market family in the next couple of days to come.
Enjoy our Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe and more here.
As a Treat, a Spread or a Dip
Avocado toast is such a yummy good and good for you treat. We like to amp it up with our roasted tomato y red pepper hummus, or tomato y chipotle black bean spread.
While these are some of our favorite ways to infuse more nutrition into our weekly meals, there are so many other options too. What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy beans? Let us know in the comment section below. And, if you’d like to try one of our cooking salsas with your favorite recipe, be sure to let us know here, or on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest. We love sharing recipes with you!
How ever you and yours nourish each other this week, please enjoy! Thank you for the many ways you allow David and I to extend our table, and for the many ways you nourish us! We are truly grateful! Carpe Diem Y’all! Michele and David
Where to Find Bernard’s Gourmet Foods Products
All Bernard’s Gourmet Foods Products can be found each Saturday morning, 8am to 12pm at the Historic McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square. We use our proceeds from McKinney Farmers Market to purchase, package and distribute nutritionally dense foods to hunger initiatives in McKinney, Texas.
All Bernard’s Gourmet Foods Products can be found at McKinney Wine Merchant, located at Westgate Shopping Center in McKinney, Texas
Select Bernard’s Gourmet Foods products can be found at Patina Green Home & Market in the Downtown McKinney Cultural District on the east side of the Historical Downtown McKinney Square.
Find select members of the BGF Roasted Cooking Salsa family at H-E-B grocery stores across Texas. Scroll to the map at the bottom of our home page to find and get driving directions to the one nearest you.
For every jar of our cooking salsa purchased at H-E-B grocery stores in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, we donate .50 cents per jar to the Houston Food Bank, the Central Texas Food Bank, and the San Antonio Food Bank.
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