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A Meatless Monday Lunch Option.
Yes, I believe children need animal products in their diet. Yes, I believe in eating meat...but, a healthy vegetarian meal on occasion adds in a different array of nutrients. All of wish are important. Balance is key.
Do you eat beans? We love beans at our house, we eat them quite a bit, especially in the winter. Over the weekend I made a big batch of From Scratch Black Bean Soup. I would like to say I made enough for us to eat some all week for lunch...it was so good, it didn't last.
Beans provide a wonderful option for proteins, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Not all beans are created equal, though. Many have very different nutritional profiles. All should be soaked, or early germinated before cooking.
Beans and Legumes have been a staple of many cultures for a VERY LONG TIME! Typically they are paired with grains like rice. This combination creates a complete protein profile. I always find it amazing to look at how cultures traditionally ate and combines foods and how they plays into what we know now with nutrition...pretty cool they inherently knew this.
Let's learn a little about some of our commonly use, and not so commonly used legume varieties. It might just inspire you to try something new.
Adzuki (Aduki) Beans
Lima Beans (Butter Beans)