Baked Beans - for some people this is a side dish for summer picnics. For others, they are a protein source. What you do with them may depend on where you live in the US. No matter what you do with baked beans, I hope you have observed National Baked Bean Month by eating your favorite recipe of baked beans.
Baked beans is a dish containing beans, sometimes baked but, despite the name, usually stewed, in a sauce. Most commercial canned baked beans are made from haricot beans, also known as navy beans. You can open a can of baked beans from a number of manufacturers or you can make your own.
The common ingredients to make your own are canned or dried and cooked navy beans, molasses, brown sugar, Ketchup,mustard, onion, Worcestershire sauce, and if desired, bacon. I like to cook baked beans in my crock pot to bring out the flavor.
No matter if you make or buy your baked beans, or what you put into them, baked beans can be enjoyed all year, not only in July.
July is the perfect month for grilling outdoors and is designated as National Grilling Month. As a Blogger and food lover I'm always interested in all the months dedicated to a specific food. But honestly, I have to admit that there are some foods that I think about every day and would like to eat more of them. And being one that likes convenience and rich flavors, one of my preferred methods of cooking is to grill.
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist I take my health very seriously. I know that anything in excess is not a wise choice. Being a good hostess I always look for acceptable alternatives for everyone in my guest list. Although no one can beat the yummy aroma and flavor of a steak grilled over a red hot flame, there are so many other choices that can be made in addition to, or instead of steak. Life is more interesting, and so is your menu, when you try preparing different foods on the grill. Since all proteins taste better cooked on the grill don't limit yourself to only steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs. Remember to add fruits, vegetables and whole grains for balanced, nutritious and tasty meals. Everything tastes better grilled!
Try these favorite proteins on the grill
Once you've mastered the art of grilling the sky's the limit. In Spain the best dish made on the grill is Paella. To have an excellent Paella you need a round grain rice, fresh ingredients, and good quality Saffron. Although Paella can be cooked on a stove or in an oven, remaining true to the dish, we make it on a grill in our own yard. Now that's what I call FLAVORFUL!
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Macaroni – what typically comes to mind for many people is the elbow shape that you ate as a child when you ate mac & cheese. Today, macaroni comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and can provide a lot more variety. In honor of Macaroni Day, take some time to investigate the options in the grocery store. Also, consider the variety of recipes that can use this ingredient and check out the pictures above to jump start your creativity.
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Do you know how many kinds of dried beans there are? According to the US Dry Bean Council, there are 14 kinds of dried beans.
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