How To Cook Your Own Beans

If you're looking for cheap and healthy, it's hard to beat beans. Unfortunately, having to carry and transport cans and cans of beans can be annoying (especially if your grocery store is within walking distance). Solution? Dried beans!

First, I ordered some organic black beans and chickpeas. Although they seem really expensive, remember that with water, these will cook up much larger than the original weight.

Next, take out your crockpot, and put your desired amount of beans in. Pour water in until there is at least 2 inches of water above the beans in your crockpot. Cook on low for 6-7 hours. Before you take them all out, make sure you taste them. Honestly, the first time I did not cook my beans enough and they were rock solid in all the recipes. So you want them a little soft, but not super mushy.

I personally have made balela (bean salad with tomatoes, onion, garlic, and olive oil/lemon juice dressing) and a chickpea/taco concoction (I used Trader Joe's meatless "meat" in the 1 pound package, chickpeas, tomatoes, olive oil, onion and it was great!)

What are your favorite bean recipes?