Meatless Mondays

Meatless Mondays

Gluten Free can become quite costly, especially if you are like our family and like to buy local, grass-fed, antibiotic free meats.  So, in thinking over how we can cut costs we came across beans.  Beans are very cost-friendly and very tasty.  Here are some quick facts about legumes from the everyday health website: ~ Eating one daily serving (3/4 cup) of legumes was shown to reduce LDL, or “bad”, cholesterol levels by 5 percent ~ And a 2012 study of people with type 2 diabetes found that eating one cup of legumes daily for three months lowered blood sugar and blood pressure. ~ Just one cup of beans delivers 14 to 20 grams of fiber. That’s more fiber than the average American eats in an entire day. Adding a serving of beans to one meal most days of the week can go a long way towards helping you get the 25 to 38 grams of fiber your body needs to function at its best. That’s because fiber helps to lower cholesterol by whisking cholesterol compounds out of your system. So, I went on a search for some good bean recipes.  I have created a “habit” of soaking my beans overnight on Sunday, then they are ready to use Monday when I’m ready to cook. Our first Meatless Monday consisted of Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili, Beans & Rice, Jamacian style and a loaf of Einkorn Cranberry Pecan Quick Bread.  Sound scrumptious? Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili 1 T olive oil or you can use Nutiva Medium Heat Sunflower & Red Palm Oil Red palm oil contains the highest amounts of vitamins A...