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For Quarantines, Stock Up On Beans! March 17, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness.

Medieval_kitchenIf you’re wondering which canned goods to put in your grocery cart to keep you satisfied during COVID-19 quarantines, start with beans!

They’re loaded with Fiber, Iron, B Vitamins, and Protein for a few cents a serving.

Eating beans will aid digestion, lower cholesterol levels, and regulate blood sugar (reducing the risk of diabetes).

Beans are good for your heart, great for your waistline, and they might even reduce your risk of colorectal and other cancers.

And they are so versatile ~ add them to soups, stews, or casseroles; whip up a batch of hummus; add garbanzo beans to your tossed salad; serve refried beans for Cinco de Mayo; enjoy a hearty bowl of black bean soup; etc.

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. mybeautfulthings - March 17, 2020

Beans are in our larder! It’s the fresh things that are going to prove tricky. Stay safe. 🙂

nrhatch - March 17, 2020

True ~ if you can get them, carrots, celery, cabbage, potatoes, onions, and tomatoes all have a long shelf life. Oranges and apples keep well. Bananas ~> not so much.

Stay well!

2. L. Marie - March 17, 2020

Just had red beans and rice. So good!

nrhatch - March 17, 2020


3. Ally Bean - March 17, 2020

“Beans, beans, the magical fruit…”

Our pantry has a few cans of beans in it so I feel ready for any eventuality. Good reminder here.

nrhatch - March 17, 2020

A staple in our pantry too . . . toot!

4. Kate Crimmins - March 17, 2020

Sadly my husband is not a fan although I can put them in chili without complaints.

nrhatch - March 17, 2020

BFF’s favorites are garbanzo beans and baked beans. He’ll eat other beans in soups and casseroles.

Stay well!

Kate Crimmins - March 18, 2020

Other than snuck in chili, he likes limas. Go figure!

nrhatch - March 18, 2020

That’s funny. Limas are my least favorite bean (unless they are drowned in creamed corn, and even then ~> “suffering succotash!”)

5. Jill Weatherholt - March 17, 2020

I love beans, especially black beans. I’ll eat them wrapped in a flour tortilla with shredded cheese. Derek calls it the “bean nothing wrap.” 🙂

nrhatch - March 17, 2020

My kind of meal ~ delicious, nutritious, quick to fix, and easy to pay for! I love black beans and rice too. And cheese is always a great complement for that combo.

Stay well!

6. anotherday2paradise - March 17, 2020

I need to buy some, Nancy. They do sound to be very healthy.

nrhatch - March 17, 2020

Garbanzo beans (also called chick peas) are a favorite of ours ~ tossed in salads, processed into hummus, or made into a dip with peppers, garlic, mayo and parmesan cheese. I posted that recipe a few weeks ago.

Stay well!

anotherday2paradise - March 18, 2020

Yes, I remember it well, Nancy. I’ll have to see how the canned bean situation is next time we go grocery shopping. 😃

nrhatch - March 18, 2020

My sister said that her store (in Orlando) is limiting people to 2 cans . . . but I don’t know if that’s 2 cans period, or 2 cans of anything that appeals.

7. Joanne Sisco - March 18, 2020

Great minds … I have a big pot of bean and lentil soup in the fridge right now. Good, solid food to take the chill off these damp March days.

nrhatch - March 18, 2020

I usually keep a bag of lentils at the ready . . . but I stocked up and have TWO! 😀

Enjoy that soup. My Bridge partner is on her way back to Toronto from here (as are a number of our other Canadian friends) ~ her healthcare coverage out of the country will end on 3/23, so she thought she better head home, despite the still chilly damp days.

Joanne Sisco - March 19, 2020

I have many friends in the same situation. My sister arrived back in Canada last night from Florida and I admit to a giant sigh of relief when I finally got her text confirming she was home.

nrhatch - March 19, 2020

Glad she made it home safely!

Stay well.

8. Rivergirl - March 18, 2020

But.. but… I don’t like beans!
I’m doomed.

nrhatch - March 18, 2020

Split Pea Soup?
Lentil Soup?
Black Beans & Rice?
Chickpeas in salad?

Any of that pulling you away from doom and gloom to YUM?

Rivergirl - March 18, 2020

You’re going to think I’m kidding….. but no!

nrhatch - March 18, 2020

Well, then, I won’t even suggest Three Bean Salad or Nine Bean Soup. 😛

9. Val Boyko - March 18, 2020

Check! Thanks for the tip Nancy. They are a vital storage item in the larder.

nrhatch - March 18, 2020

Handy cans to have on hand.

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