I saw these beautiful and interesting looking beans in the health food store and decided I would really like to try them. It is called Anasazi bean. Anasazi Bean is an ancient heirloom bean. It has a deep reddish-brown and white spotted appearance. When cooked, the bean has a mild sweet flavor and turns to pink. The bean was named after the Native Americans in the south-western part of North America, such as Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado, 1500 years ago. It is believed that this bean was a staple in their diet.
Beans are loaded with nutrients and are low in fat. They contain protein, carbohydrate, calcium, magnesium, iron, niacin, potassium and fiber. Studies have shown that eating 1 cup of cooked beans a day can lower total cholesterol levels by 10% in 6 weeks and decrease your risk of heart disease. Beans are an ideal food for a weight loss program. They contain soluble fiber, which when consumed trap bile containing cholesterol and remove them from the body. The soluble fiber also gives a feeling of satiety and thus reduces hunger.
Beans also reduce blood sugar levels and are therefore helpful for diabetics. The high fiber and low glycemic index of the complex sugars in the beans are digested slowly, preventing the glucose levels from spiking. According to the American Heart Association, beans eaten regularly as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce risk of diabetes, colon and rectal cancer.
Anasazi Beans contain 25% less complex carbohydrates than other beans, therefore they are more digestible, resulting in less flatulence and cooking quicker than most other beans. Some people avoid eating beans because of unsociable flatulence that may be experienced, some of this may be prevented if proper preparation and cooking is implemented.
- 2 cups Anasazi beans, soaked overnight
- 1 onion, minced
- 1/4 cup carrots chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp nutritional yeast flakes
- 11/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp oregano, dried
Sort and wash Anasazi beans then soak in cold water about 4 inches above beans overnight. In the following morning, discard water and rinse.
Place beans in water approximately 2 inches above. Cook at medium-high. When it reaches boiling point, reduce heat and simmer for about 50 minutes. Add onion, garlic, nutritional yeast flakes, salt, carrots and oregano. Cook for another 5 minutes.
This is my first time cooking Anasazi beans so I decided to cook it simply so I could taste the natural flavor of the bean. Later, I’ll revisit it and make chili, burgers, and other such foods