What a beautiful pot of beans!
So I came upon this recipe as I was researching new and interesting bean recipes. I tried it with a fabulous bean called the Royal Corona Bean, and it deserves a permanent place in my pantry. But what I love even more is this recipe that will infuse amazing flavor into any bean you choose– to make the perfect pot of beans.
Beans are a staple of vegan and vegetarian cooking and this pot of beans and its rich flavor will never disappoint and it is versatile enough to create any layer of flavor above and beyond the bean pot. Check out this simple and delicious recipe to take on all types of plant based cooking.
- One pound of beans of your choice
- Water to deeply cover the beans
- One onion, peeled and halved
- 2 large carrots, washed and peeled
- 1 3 inch strip of kombu
- 2-3 bay leaves
- salt and pepper to taste
Directions for the ultimate beans
You have a few choices here. You can cook them slowly in a crock pot, faster in a pressure cooker, or medium speed over the stove in a pot. I have done all methods, but I find the least hassle is the crock pot.
Just remember that no matter which method, it might be best to soak them first, that way you remove the lectins and also help you digest better and have less (ahem) gastric distress if you are new to beans.
The good news is, once you are used to eating them, the body has grown the perfect cocktail of gut flora to easily digest them. I never even notice now when I eat beans, as I am fully used to having them daily in my diet. So here goes:
You can either soak the beans overnight with enough water for the beans to expand, or you can bring the beans to a boil for one minute, then remove from heat and cover for one hour. Then proceed with recipe.
- Add the onion, bay leaf, kombu and carrot to the soaked beans.
- Bring beans to a boil then simmer gently for at least one hour, or until beans are soft but not mushy or falling apart.
- Add salt and pepper to taste near the end of cooking.
- If you are using a crockpot, beans should cook on low at least four hours, but often it is closer to six hours for the perfect consistency.
- The broth you have made will lend delicious, rich flavor, so you can eat them straight from the pot or continue with another recipe with these beans being the perfect base for so many delicious recipes.
Final Thoughts on beans:
Beans are a major part of a plant based diet and a really important source of vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. Having a pot of beans available to create so many versatile dishes, or just to throw on your Perfect Day salad, you are saying yes to vitality and health. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do, and if you are ready to take charge of your health, learn more about our perfect day lifestyle right here.
I really hope you make the most out of the versatile and beautiful bean. Have a wonderful day! Are you interested in learning more about the Royal Corona Bean? Here is where I bought mine…..Rancho Gordo!