Cheap Tuesday Gourmet continues with another vegetarian option this week – after a month of pork I feel like we are paying our karmic duty. :) I suppose that baked beans challenge the definition of gourmet but this was not a series emphasizing gourmet – it was about trying to eat healthy home cooking without burning a hole in your wallet.
Learning to work with dehydrated (“dried”) beans can be a massive help for healthy, affordable living if you live in a cold climate. With local food at their lowest availability, dried beans make a lot of sense. They don’t contain the additives that cans do, use less packaging, ship in lighter quantities and are ridiculously affordable. The tradeoff comes in patience as you rehydrate the beans before cooking (not always necessary – most can be cooked without this step though you will have firmer beans that some don’t like).