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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bean Soup and Health Benefits Recipe


 Beans are very good for you! And, yes, beans are loaded with carbs, but they're the complex, good kind that help provide energy to your muscles and brain.  Kidney Beans: Along with lots of fiber and protein, kidney beans are an excellent source of the trace mineral, molybdenum. This mineral helps detoxify sulfites, a type of preservative added to many foods (and to which many people are sensitive), from the body. Pinto Beans: "Pinto" is Spanish for "painted," which refers to the pinto beans' splashes of color. They're rich in antioxidants, fiber, protein, molybdenum, folate, manganese, vitamin B1, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, potassium and copper. Navy Beans: Navy beans got their name because they were a staple food of the U.S. Navy in the early 20th century. They're rich in fiber, protein, folate, manganese, vitamin B1, phosphorous, copper, magnesium and iron. Black Beans: Also referred to as turtle beans, black beans are loaded with antioxidants and fiber, and are an excellent source of high-quality protein. So take your pick they are all healthy!
 1 pound packaged dried beans
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
8 cups reduced-salt chicken broth
 1/2 cup chopped celery leaves
2 pounds ham chopped
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
salt to taste
Pick over the beans, rinse them, and place them in a  5 quart crockpot on low overnight.
The next day, drain and rinse the beans, and place them back in the crockpot. Stir in the chicken broth, ham , black pepper,  celery leaves and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and reduce the heat to a simmer.
Place on high for 4 hours, stir every hour. Serve with low fat crackers.