Beans are as convenient and versatile as they are healthy. Beans can be used in countless main dishes, side dishes and appetizers, from burritos, casseroles, pasta dishes, stews and soups to spreads and salads. Each type of bean has a delicious flavor all its own, yet their flavors are easily enhanced with seasonings and other recipe ingredients. Bean dishes can be prepared ahead of time and frozen and reheated in the microwave for future dinners or brown-bag lunches.
Beans are most commonly available canned or dry; either variety has its advantages. Canned beans can be used right away (after rinsing and draining) for last-minute meals. Dry beans require soaking and cooking but tend to be less expensive and a bit tastier than their canned counterparts. Many canned beans come in organic and low-sodium varieties. Hundreds of varieties of canned and dry beans can be found in your local grocery store and can be kept on hand in your cupboard.
We might as well spill the beans: inexpensive, convenient, versatile and delicious, beans are, quite possibly, one of the world's most perfect foods!