Meal ideas with beans?

March 20, 2007 10:56am CST
I want to increase the number of beans my girls eat but they don't like them in stews etc. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas of how I can get them to eat them. They will eat homous so they get chick peas, and they like baked beans, but I don't like them eating them because of the high sugar content.
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@mrsturner (519)
• Canada
20 Mar 07
One of the reasons they might not like them is the texture. That is my problem anyway. If I want to put beans of any sort into a soup or stew I have to puree them in the food processor. This will make your soup thick, but the nutrients are there without the yucky feel in your mouth. It's the only way I can eat chili.
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@yanjiaren (9050)
20 Mar 07
What about black eye bean salad?RThis is a greek recipe I learned frommy mum.. Right get some black eye beans.. Boil them and then drain the first water off when they boil..then wash them again and pput them on tocook a second time round until they are soft..drain.. leave to cool.. Then get a couple of red onions and slice..add to beans..chop tmatoes in and then lots of parsely..flat leaf if you can get it. Then mixoliveoil, aplle cider vinegar..salt and black pepper totaste and toss ion the saled..put in the fridge to get cold..eat when you are ready.. Enjoy!
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• United States
21 Mar 07
Well my ideas might not be any healthier but they are all I can think of. We like Mexican food in our home so you'll notice most of my food postings lean towards those types of dishes. I know people have said bean burritos already but how about if you make them into chimichangas for an extra 'flair'? Just put the beans into the flour tortillas with cheese (if that is something you eat), roll them up tight like burritos and then fry them in a healthy oil until crispy. Top with sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes or anything else you like with burritos. Or you could make bean hard tacos. Just get the taco shells and spoon in the whole pinto beans - top with your favorite taco toppings and enjoy! Bean Tostadas are another option just with the flat tostada shells and using refried beans instead of the whole beans - top with taco toppings. My son could eat beans every day of the week if I just made them plain and put mexican white cheese on top! Nachos might be something fun with beans on top. Or a seven layer dip served with tortilla chips. Good luck with your girls. I'm not a big bean eater so I'm sorry I'm not much help. I do like Navy Bean Soup though or a mixed bean soup served with corn bread and honey butter!
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• United States
21 Mar 07
You can make your girls baked beans using brown splenda instead of brown sugar. The reason your daughters like them so much is becuase they are sweet. Go ahead and give them the sweet they love in a healthier manner. Splenda is probably the best non-nutrative sweetener because it is made from a natural sourse, is a lot safer than most, and can be used in baking. brown splenda can be a little difficult to find, but you can make your own using regular splenda and molasses.
@laltu86 (1253)
• India
20 Mar 07
Use the bean stalk and bean seeds seperately, paste the boiled seed and add it as atoping to your sandwitch, with some peanut butter..ITS Delicious trust me. and for the bean stalk cut or chop them and use in some other food as a minority product. they will never know the differences.
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
20 Mar 07
Beans with almonds  - beans with almonds and greengrass
Hi Michelle well if your girls do not like them in beans you can always add something to them so that they will enjoy the beans have you tried mixing other things like almonds or nuts to them to make them nice to enjoy, as this is what I had to help my children eat their beans.
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• United States
20 Mar 07
Here is a recipe that my friend makes I love it!! Louisiana Red Beans and Rice 2 (16 ounce) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained 4 cups water 1 onion, chopped 1 sweet green pepper, chopped 1/4 cup snipped fresh parsley 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 chile pepper, seeded and minced 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper 2 bay leaves 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon dried basil 2 cups cooked rice In a 4-quart pot, combine the beans, 2 cups of the water, onions, sweet peppers, parsley, garlic, chile peppers, pepper flakes, ground red pepper, bay leaves, thyme and basil. Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 40 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the bay leaves from the bean mixture and discard them. Serve the beans over the rice. Here is a place to find more recipes to try out http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/recipes/bean-recipes.php Also black beans if you haven't gotten them to try them have a great flavor! They are the only beans that my husband will eat.
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• United States
20 Mar 07
I grew up eating corn bread and navy beans. It's really good. You can find the recipe for the corn bread on the back of the JIF corn bread box. LOL. You fix the beans normally and you can eat them together or seperate. I don't think they have a lot of sugar in them.
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• United States
20 Mar 07
We love wraps! Set out a variety of ingredients along with some whole wheat tortillas and let everyone build their own. Items to include: black beans, corn, tomatoes, onions, peppers, artichoke hearts, avocado slices, mushrooms, a variety of greens and sprouts, salsa and your favorite dressings and condiments. These are great hot or cold and really fill you up! Ellen
@bluewings (3857)
20 Mar 07
Well, I don't know exactly 'how' to get them eat it,but what I would have done is to cook a preparation using beans and something they like a lot.That way,if they want to eat what they like ,they will have to eat the beans as well,lol.
@TriciaW (2441)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Well the one way I get them to eat them has sugar as well but here it is. Brown hamburger and drain. Put in different kinds of beans. I use red beans, kidney beans and any I think I might get away with. Add in mustard, ketchup and brown sugar. Heat and eat. My girls love it for a meal.
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@brimia (6584)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Bean burritos are a favorite of my family. Also use canned refried beans or mashed beans to make a layered dip with lettuce, olives, salsa and guacamole and serve with chips. Pasta fagioli (pasta and beans) is very yummy too. There are actually some dessert recipes online that use mashed beans like fudge.
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• United States
20 Mar 07
Well, I'm not sure my idea will end up much better on the sugar content, I've never really looked. What I do is get dry pinto beans and cook them in a crock pot or large pot on the stovetop with a ham hock (or 2 if you use a very large pot). Once they are done (usually takes 6-8 hours at least) I put some ketchup and cornbread in them and my children will eat them that way.
• United States
20 Mar 07
Disguise them in Black Bean Tacos Prepare tacos just like you would with a meat taco recipe except use black bean. Squash the beans up and season them just like you would the meat. They will NEVER know the difference. It awesome!
• Nigeria
21 Mar 07
I am an african and there are so many ways we cook our beans other than you just boiling it and eating with a sauce. You could peel off the beans, soak it in water to go tender and then blend, you can now add whatever u want , meat, eggs pepper and other condiments and now fry. It will come out in balls. I am sure your children will love it . We call it bean cakes. Why not try this for a start and let me know if they like it. If not i will tell you another method.
• United States
21 Mar 07
If you make lentils and once htye are cooked stick them in the blender you can eat them with rice, nachos whatever.