How Have You Bean?

Submitted by ub on Mon, 01/16/2023 - 09:33

This is is a common question from native English speakers. It's asking what you have been up to and how life has been.

Perhaps you're being asked how you've been doing since the last time you saw each other. Or maybe since the last time you spoke on the phone. However, we're talking about beans

Please know that beans are good for the planet, for all of us, and for our meals. Here’s How to best cook and enjoy them.

Beans are versatile enough to play a starring or backup role in virtually every part of the meal, also.

When cooked from dried, with precious few other ingredients added, they create a rich broth to rival anything that ever came from boiling a chicken. They freeze beautifully in this liquid, making them ideal for make-ahead, finish-quickly meals. They’re pretty darn good straight from a can. And they can play into virtually every kind of dish, in every part of the meal: dips and snacks, salads and soups, main courses, sides, and even desserts. As far as I’m concerned, anything meat can do, beans can do better.

For far too long, beans have had something of a fusty reputation in the United States. But over the past few years, thanks partly to a growing interest in plant-based cooking and an awareness of the impacts of our dietary choices on the planet, beans have become hipper than ever. Also playing a role: is the growing realization that beans have deep roots and are part of the culinary fabric of nations around the world.