Monday, 31 January 2011


Pinto Beans/Brune Bønner/斑豆[bān dòu]

For babies:
For Babies from 6 or 10 months – babies’ digestive tract are not mature enough to digest protein before 6 months, and after 6 months, babies need protein – plant source is better, as protein from meat may cause allergies if started too young. I add it to J's oatmeal or use it in my mixed beans and grains stock.

Serving Ideas for Adults:
1. Use pinto beans in chili recipes in place of kidney beans.

2. Blend together pinto beans with sage, oregano, garlic and black pepper for a delicious spread that can be used as a crudité dip or sandwich filling.

3. Layer cooked pinto beans, chopped tomatoes and onions and shredded cheese on a tortilla. Broil in the oven until hot and cheese melts. Top with chopped avocado and cilantro.

4. Add pinto beans to vegetable soups.

5. Heat pinto beans together with cooked rice. Add cooked chopped vegetables such as carrots, zucchini and tomatoes. Season to taste and enjoy this simple-to-prepare one pot meal.

1. Bring to boil, then simmer for 2 hours.

Nutritional Value:
Pinto beans are an excellent source of folate and fiber and a good source of iron. Pinto beans are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, as are most other beans. In addition to lowering cholesterol, pinto beans' high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia.

When combined with whole grains such as brown rice, pinto beans provide virtually fat-free, high quality protein. Pinto beans are also an excellent source of molybdenum, a very good source of folate and manganese, and a good source of protein and vitamin B1 as well as the minerals phosphorus, iron, magnesium, potassium, and copper.

Certain phytonutrients—shown to be helpful in prevention of some cancers, including stomach cancer—are also provided in important amounts by pinto beans. These phytonutrients include cinnamic acids, secoisolariciresinol, and coumestrol.

Additional Information:
Medium-size beige-and-brown-speckled bean. Earthy flavor and mealy texture.


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