This is more a weight control and health tip than a cooking tip. Although, I am almost 50, my weight is under control without obsession about food and exercising myself to death. I do walk but not to the extreme.
My tip is: add beans to your diet at least 2 times a day. I make up a large crock pot of red beans or black beans and this will carry me about 3 meals. I usually eat mine for breakfast and lunch and eat what everyone else is eating for dinner. I like to drain my beans when cooked and add two packages of taco seasoning instead of salt. 1/2 cup has about 140 calories and almost a daily supply of fiber.
The fiber intake is the key to weight control. My beans do not produce gas because I bring to a boil on the stove and cover for 20-30 minutes, drain that water off and cook as usual.
Man oh man, notwrong, how much do you eat at a meal if you make a LARGE crock pot of beans and it only lasts you 3 meals? You must east at least 2 huge soup bowls full at each meal!
I use a regular/small bag to one regular sized crock pot and it usually will take me about 3 days of meals (I obviously think faster than I type). I eat around 1 cup which does pretty much fill up my bowl and then sometimes I eat more according to how hungry I am. For the calories associated with a serving and the fiber and vitamines that the beans have it is not about the amount but about the feeling of fullness. I also notice that I don't crave sugars as much as when I get lazy and don't make up my beans. As the ACTIVIA lady says "give it a week" and you will notice a difference :) :)
I, too, am curious what your portions are at breakfast and lunch. Do you eat just a half cup for each meal? Also, when you bring the beans to a boil, do you continue cooking them for the 30 - 40 minutes that they are covered or do you turn the heat off? I find this an interesting idea that could be very helpful. Thank you for sharing this idea.
I'm sorry you must have posted about the same time as I was posting and did not see your question. I will usually bring my beans to a boil, cover the pot and turn off. I let this set for 30 min or so (sometimes a little more). I drain the liquid off then I put in the crock pot with fresh water. If someone that does not not eat beans regularlly or someone just starting will be eating the batch I'm cooking I might repeat te soaking one more time. Try the add ins of taco seasonings. Last night my husband had stir fry and I had my beans with brown rice and I added in the vegetables and not the meat. I only needed one serving because it was so filling. If you want a tad of heat add a few drops of liquid crab boil.
Thanx, NotWrong :) I think I'll give this a try. I live in the Netherlands (but from California) and I have never seen crab boil, doubt seriously that's it's available here. I was so proud of myself this week. I made my first batch of apple butter (crock pot) because I can't get that over here (which has nothing to do with what we're talking about...lol). Anyway, thank you so much for answering my question.
This sounds good to me, because I love beans(especially black beans). but I'm a little confused. are you talking about cooked canned beans? or buying a bag of uncooked beans and soaking and then cooking them on the stove? Did you say you eat about a cup for breakfast and lunch every day? and that crockpot will last you three days, or 6 meals?
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