Braised Beans

Dairy-Free | Gluten-Free | Quick & Easy | Side Dishes | No Added Sugars | High in Fiber | Vegan | Vegetarian | WIC Friendly

Dried beans can be a real money-saver.

Braised Beans
12
Servings
3 hours, 10 minutes
Total Time
$0.37
Cost per serving
Temperature: 325 degrees
Serving size:1/2 cup
Prep time:10 minutes
Cook time:3 hours
Total time:3 hours, 10 minutes
Equipment:

Large oven-proof pot with tight-fitting lid, 8 quarts

Cutting board

Utensils:

Knife

Large mixing spoon

Serving Suggestion:

Serve with other vegetables for a filling vegetable plate with whole grain bread.

Ingredients

2 cups dried beans such as pinto, navy beans, kidney beans or black beans

1/4 cup olive oil

6 cups water

3 whole carrots, peeled or scrubbed, sliced

4 stalks celery, washed and chopped

2 onions, peeled, chopped

4 cloves garlic, smashed (or 1 tablespoon garlic powder)

1 tablespoon salt

Instructions

  1. Before you begin wash your hands, surfaces, utensils, and vegetables.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  3. Rinse beans and pick over to remove any stones or bad beans.
  4. Put all ingredients into an oven-proof pot. Add 6 cups water. Put in oven with lid on tight so that the liquid stays in the pot to cook the beans. Use foil to cover tightly if you don’t have a lid.
  5. Cook 2 1/2 hours – 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Keep the beans covered with water. Add hot water if needed to just cover the beans.
  6. Check to see that the beans are cooked. A bean should be soft through, without a hard area in the middle.
  7. Serve with salsa, slaw or cooked cabbage and cornbread.

Tips

  • A cup of dried beans costs $0.15 and has the same amount of protein as 4 ounces of chicken that costs $0.50 or more.
  • A cup of dried beans costs at least $0.46 less than a cup of canned beans.
  • One pound of dried beans gives 6 cups cooked beans and costs less than $1.00.
  • Serve once as a main dish with 1/2 cup per person. Serve again as a side dish in a vegetable plate.
  • Make a main dish of beans, tomatoes, and corn with a topping of cornbread baked on top.
  • Make a main dish of beans, rice and salsa with a whole wheat or corn tortilla.
  • Use beans in a salad or in soup.
  • A pound (2 cups) of dry beans gives 6 cups of cooked beans – about 3 cans – at less than the cost of one can of beans. This recipe makes beans with a smooth sauce for a meal with beans left to make other dishes – cook once, eat plenty.
Ingredients

What goes in Braised Beans ?

Black Beans
Black Beans
White Onion
White Onion
Celery
Celery
Carrots
Carrots

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

CALORIES
160
TOTAL FAT
5g
SODIUM
620mg
TOTAL CARBS
24g
PROTEIN
7g
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