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National Bean Day!

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You know what they say…Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart….

With that in mind, we have our favorite Bean Recipes for you to enjoy today. Don’t forget to rinse them first!

THE TRADITIONAL WAY TO RINSE

1) Sort through the beans to remove any stones or debris.

2) With the beans in a colander, rinse them well with cold water, running your fingers through to reveal any more bits of dirt.

3) Transfer the beans to a large bowl filled with enough cold water to cover them by 2 inches. In hot weather, prevent the beans from fermenting by refrigerating while they soak.

4) Soak for 4-24 hours, until the beans have swelled to double their size.

5) Before cooking, drain the soaked beans and rinse once more before cooking the beans in fresh water.

THE QUICK-SOAK WAY TO RINSE

1) Rinse and pick over your beans for stones or debris.

2) Place beans in a pot and cover with 2-inches of water. Over high heat, bring to a boil, boil for 1 minute, remove from heat, cover pot and let sit for 1 hour.

OUR FAVORITE BEAN RECIPES

Bean and Chicken Tostada Cups

Creamy White Bean Spread with Asiago Crackers

Seven Bean Salad

White Bean, Spinach and Couscous Soup

 

Crunch Time: 7 Delicious Crostini Recipes

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Last minute guests? Don’t know what to serve? Whip up these quick, easy & delicious crostinis. Slice a baguette and preheat oven to 400°F. Arrange baguette slices in a single layer on baking sheet. Toast until golden, about 8 minutes. Add toppings, serve up and enjoy!

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Strawberry, Ricotta, Honey and Basil

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Prosciutto, Figs & Mint

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BBQ Pulled Chicken with Blue Cheese

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Fig Jam, Brie and Pomegranate Seeds

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Tomato, Avocado, Goat Cheese and Olive Oil

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Buratta, Pear, Honey and Candied Pecans

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BLT – Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato

FRIED SHRIMP DAY!

In honor of fried shrimp day, we are taking a healthier route, and baking our shrimp! Even though they are not fried, these Honey-Baked Coconut Shrimp are delicious and guilt-free!

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We’ve always loved coconut shrimp, but never loved the deep fried effect – greasy fingers and stomach aches – that ensued. Now, thanks to this recipe, we can now enjoy these delicious delights, guilt free! Coated in a coconut crust, juicy shrimp are baked until golden brown and dipped in a sweet apricot sauce.

Click here for the recipe

Oven-Baked Crunchy Chicken Wings

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Having trouble ditching those grease-laden, deep-fried chicken wings? Here’s the magic recipe, Oven-Baked, Cornmeal-Crusted Chicken Wings that are baked to a grease-free golden crisp and dunked in a sweet apricot or tangy blue cheese dipping sauce.

Click here for the recipe

Macaroni and Cheese Bites

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Looking for the perfect one-biter? These Macaroni and Cheese Bites, balls of cheesy noodle greatness, are coated in breadcrumbs and baked to golden perfection.

Click here for the recipe.

“Right now, I’m as single as a slice of American cheese.”

-Nick Cannon