A bowl of Rice and Beans Can be a Lifesaver…
I don’t know about you, but some weeks are more expensive than others, and if you’re waiting on payday, a big bowl of rice and pinto beans will sustain you until the money hits the bank. Other than being filling and quite inexpensive, beans are really, really good for you!
What Type of Beans Should I Use?
This recipe can be used with red kidney or pinto beans because the two beans have basically the same nutritional and flavor profiles. Kidney beans are a little larger than pinto beans and often a darker color.
Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that we take for granted– milk and cereal, peas and carrots, eggs and bacon, and rice and beans. Interestingly, rice and beans have been staple menu items in many cuisines for centuries, but is this by chance or by design?
Did our ancestors realize the composition of these foods actually results in a complete protein? Both rice and pinto beans are supplemental, or incomplete proteins. Each is abundant and deficient in an essential amino acid. However, when combined, the nutrient profiles of these foods work synergistically in producing a complete protein.