07 Jun, 2012
Turbo and the Magic Bean
Posted by: turbomammoth In: General
My boyfriend finally got back from his 3-days conference yesterday. It was a conference about nutrition in health & science and he had a blast enjoying the super warm and wonderful weather in Winnipeg (unskinnygirl, it was so fun watching his puzzled face when he told me ”the weather was so nice and so hot” ”yeah, I know someone told me!” ”huh???”). He even brought me back a little gift.
A little booklet of how and why cook with beans that they were giving away at the conference.
I was thrilled!!
I was mostly surprised he actually brought it back with him. The man don’t like beans as much as I do.
I guess he did not got the fact yet that he will eventually have to eat some if I cook some… Hihi.
My love of beans is a new and strong teenager, first love, where everything is beautiful and taste great LOL. I was a picky eater as a child (like… picky x 1000000, pretty much no cooked veggies, no beans at all, no fish) and I only started to enjoy beans recently. As a eater, I’m seriously more about the texture and the smell than the actual taste. The mushy texture of the beans was not so hot for me… It grew into me lately, and now I’d eat them every day. So I sat down last night, after dinner/packing lunch/cleaning kitchen/bodyweight workouts to learn more about my new love.
Beans have so much more to offer than just making a killing chili! Their nutritional values are awesome. First, their glycemic index is really low. The glycemic index is the way some food will make your sugar blood level increase. For exemple, chocolat has a high glycemic index, because the sugar blood level increase a lot after its intake, making it a really triggering food for diabetic people. They also basically have no fat in them from what I red, which is awesome. I like to have a ”meatless day of the week” meal every week, and they make a good substitute for proteins. Do I need to add that they are a excellent source of fibers that helps to regulate stomach bloathing and pooping time? For that reason, the booklet was suggesting to had them gradually to your diet if you are kinda new to beans, so your tummy won’t be too surprise of this overload of fibers ;-)
They are also a good source of folate, just to name one of their wonderful nutrients, a molecule really important for pregnant woman, for exemple, helping the formation and development of the nervous system. The boyfriend mention that I should prepare already to have him in on my case when I will get pregnant, because he will make sure I eat all the right stuff the the development of the baby.
I was touched by that, already thinking about being a careful daddy.
But being the couple that we are (meaning arguing couple), I already foresee the situation.
– Have your beans, it’s important for the baby. And have this, and that, and did you ate this, and that.
– LET ME HAVE MY FREAKING CRAVING OF PICKLES, FOR GODSAKE!
Luckily I won’t have kids for a few years, that give us some time to prepare for the upcoming fights :-P
There is a few recipes I really want to try soon, like the black beans burgers, a few soup and granola bars.
I also saw a few recipes on Pinterest that caught my eyes lately : black beans brownies (I’m so going to make those without telling the boyfriend that there is bean in them!), black bean salsa and a chickpea/feta/cilantro salad. I am actually gonna prepare the late tonight to bring for lunch tomorrow, my chickpeas are already soaking in the fridge as I write.
Beans are already a big part of my quesedillas that I cook every now and then when I want to put together an easy and quick but tasteful dinner/lunch.
Black beans and corn quesedillas :
– Can of black beans (rinsed and drained)
– Can of unsweetened corn (drained)
– Whole wheat tortilla
– Low fat white cheese
– 1/4 cup of red onion, minced
– 1 glove of garlic, minced
– Cumin, salt and pepper, to taste.
Throw everything together, put 1/3-1/4 of the mixt in tortillas and grill it on both site in a hot pan with a bit of spray olive oil. Serve with salsa and 0% fat greek yogurt (instead of sour cream). If you are feeling wild, you can even throw chicken and/or plum tomatoes in the mixt to add more flavor and proteins!
The scale was still at 134.6 pounds this morning, and that was okay with me. I’m postulating for my first job EVER today. I need to put up my resume together… I need to look good on paper… Good lord, I don’t know how to do that!! *squeeling right now*
Have a good day everyone! ;)