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Favorite Tips to Spice Up Your Beans

BY ELIZABETH BORELLI

2013-10-21 13.49.12Certain seasonings will make your beans sing, rely on them and you’ll rarely be disappointed.  Some of favorite spices for beans include:  garlic, parsley, cumin, thyme, basil, oregano, fennel, and pepper of any kind, but truth be told, it’s hard to go wrong no matter how you spice it.

  • A good measure for dried spices is 1 teaspoon of seasoning per 4 cups of cooked beans.

A favorite cold-weather seasoning suggestion is to add a touch of smoky flavoring to your soup, chili or veggie bake.  I’ve recently discovered this amazing coconut bacon made of real ingredients and no artificial additives.  Spicy smoked paprika is a perfect for heating up your chili, and this liquid smoke (made from hickory smoked mesquite and nothing else) adds a savory taste you won’t believe.   Remember to taste these flavorings before you add them.  Use the Coconut Bacon lavishly, but the other ingredients you’ll want to add sparingly to taste.

You may choose to add some oil to your cooked beans for added flavor. Olive, walnut, or coconut oil are good options, depending on the flavor profile you choose.

  • Use 1 tablespoon of oil per 4 cups of cooked beans.
  • Add some jarred tomato sauce or salsa:  1/3 cup per 2 cups cooked beans is a nice ratio.
  • Top your beans with fresh chopped herbs or shredded cheese for easy homemade goodness.
  • You may also add wish to salt to beans after cooking to bring out the flavor: ½ teaspoon salt per 2 cups of cooked beans, but this is optional, of course, and variable to taste.

Mix, match, and experiment away—you’ll soon develop your own favorite combinations as you familiarize yourself with just how easy, versatile and delicious cooking with beans can be.

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