The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

December 12, 2012

Pass the beans please!

Table Talk

MADISON COUNTY — The need for fiber in our diet in this country is a major concern.

How do we know if we have enough fiber in our daily meal plan? I hate to sound gross but if your poop floats — you get the message.

Where do we get the most fiber? If you read the labels on the beans you will find a lot of fiber in most canned products.

Beans as well as lentils act as an anti-diabetes and weight-loss food because they are digested slowly, which stabilizes blood sugar, reducing hunger. The fiber in beans reduce the total number of calories absorbed (about a third of the carbohydrate calories contained in beans do not get absorbed).

If you have trouble getting your family to enjoy these great products, I have a suggestion for you. Do the magic recipes I have listed below:

Chocolate-chip bars

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups chickpeas or white beans (1 can rinsed and drained)

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup of brown sugar (you can use the brown sugar blend that has Splenda blended in)

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup quick oats

1/4 cup peanut butter

Directions:

Preheat oven-350 degrees.

Blend all ingredients (except chips) until very smooth in a food processor, not a blender. If you do not have a processor, I would use a mixer.

Mix in the chips and scoop onto a greased pan. Bake for around 30 minutes. They may looked undercooked but do firm up as they cool.

Kari’s baked beans

My daughter Kari made up a great baked bean recipe.

Directions:

2 cans of pork and beans (drained)

2-3 strips of bacon lightly fried and cut into pieces

1 cup of brown sugar (I again use the brown sugar blend to reduce the sugar.)

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce. (Kari likes to use a honey-type sauce.)

She bakes it very slowly at 275-300 degrees for about an hour. She states that the slower you cook it, the better the dish.

Magic brownies

(no flour)

I know my many friends wonder sometimes what I do to the dishes I take to potlucks. So here is my secret recipe for bean brownies. I had to rework my recipe and this one seems to be the best one.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup black beans (one 15 oz can, drained and rinsed well)

2 Tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 cup quick oats

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup maple syrup

2 Tbsp sugar or sugar substitute

1/4 cup oil

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup to 1 cup of chocolate chips.

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