Thursday, April 22, 2010

What's for Dinner? Earth Day Special


Thursday April 22nd/10 was Earth Day and as many of you know, it takes a great supply of resources to raise a hunk a' meat: cow, chickens, pork, etc... Not including the transportation of them to the slaughterhouse and the actual machines that get the job done, and the sanitation and the transportation of the meat to the store, then the store to your house.
(And this is why you buy from the market, fresh and done by hand!!)

Eating beans/legumes is not only delicious but it is more earth-friendly. The irrigation and transportation costs of an entire crop of beans is still less than that of a few cows. Beans/legumes are a wonder-food! They have the perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat, and they store well, soak easily, and it is very, VERY difficult to mess them up in the cooking process. They are filling and absolutely scrumptious!! A cup of beans has about 180 calories (about a 25 minute jog) and about 10 grams of protein (half a chicken breast).
Purchasing your beans in bulk is a fantastic way to cut the grocery bill.
It's a general rule that dried beans will grow 3 times their size when rehydrated.
I bought about 3 cups of dried beans (9 cups after finished cooking) for under 2.00$.
(I have a feeling bean-dinners will be extremely popular when I'm a university student)
That's ridiculous! I felt like I was stealing. Dad just didn't understand how I could be so astonished by the price of beans. I mean really..... 9 cups for a toonie!!!

In celebration of the earth day I made:
Navy Bean Hash with Larodons and Criminis (beans soaked overnight then cooked for 1 hour)
Layered Potato/Beet Cylinder w/ Goat Cheese
Steamed Broccoli


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