Beans Support Aerobic Exercise

 
If your New Year resolution includes a commitment to more aerobic exercise, take a tip from the Tarahumaras, a group indigenous to the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains of Mexico. Considered among the most skilled long-distance trail runners in the world, they’ve been the subject of books, magazine articles and scientific studies. Remarkably, the diet that sustains their extraordinary fitness is built around beans, especially pinto beans. Corn, chili peppers, squash and greens also play important roles in their menu. Try this recipe.

Warm Up Winter Nights with Chocolate Chili

Nothing warms up a cold winter evening like chili, and the best chili recipes call for a few tablespoons of chocolate. Pairing chocolate with spicy hot peppers is a tradition that goes back some four thousand years. The Mayans of Central America, who are credited with discovering chocolate, didn’t use it as the sweet treat we love today. Instead, they consumed a fiery and bitter drink made from crushed cocoa beans and chili peppers. Get more details.

Bean Promotional Campaigns Take Colombia by Storm

A free trade agreement has made Colombia a market of potential for U.S. dry bean exports, as the U.S. is now price competitive. Support from the USDA FAS Emerging Market Program and Agricultural Trade Promotion Program has allowed the U.S. Dry Bean Council to launch several different marketing programs. The marketing programs are multi-media and run under two distinct campaigns, Todo con Frijol (Beans with Everything) and El Arte de Frijol – The Art of Beans. The campaigns include workshops, cooking demos, meetings with top Colombian chefs, recipe books and promotional video clips. Read more.

A Snack-tastic New Years Eve

Crunchy and easy-to-make, roasted pinto beans make a great snack for a New Year’s Eve party. This recipe has a spicy, peppery kick, but you can use any seasonings you like. If you have any leftovers, roasted pinto beans also make a good addition to salads. Get the recipe.

Dry Bean Scene

While North America and South America may have a difference in climate, they have one thing in common with dry beans. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

USDBC Participates in Global Child Child Nutrition Forum

The U.S. Dry Bean Council participated in the Global Child Nutrition Forum annual conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The forum is the largest international conference on school meals in the world. It provides an opportunity for implementers to share experiences with school meal programs and learn what others are doing in their own countries. This year’s forum specifically focused on:
  • the main challenges countries face in implementing school feeding programs
  • the importance of setting standards and ensuring quality in school feeding programs
  • and exploring links between investing in school nutrition and the development of human capital.

Bean-Inspired for the Holidays

Tamales are a Christmas Eve tradition in some parts of Mexico. With a savory dough made from Masa Harina (a type of cornflour) and meat or beans filling, tamales are wrapped in corn husks — sometimes banana leaves — then steamed. Tamales can be made and cooked ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for several days to reheat for a Christmas Eve supper that is both easy and special. Use any type of bean you have on hand for this recipe, including canned refried beans to speed up the process. Get the recipe.

The Perfect Gift: Homemade Bean Soup

Homemade bean soup mix in a jar is a thoughtful gift for a busy hostess or anyone on your holiday list who has little time to cook. The key to making it special is to create different layers of colorful beans in an attractive jar and to provide a seasoning mix that is packed with flavor. The recipe below makes four, one-quart mason jars.

Dry Bean Scene

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association is launching a new video, featuring farmers, processors and researchers to tell the story of dry edible beans and those who grow and consume them. Hear more about the video in the latest Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Whip Up Some White Bean Gravy

Turkey and gravy are the perfect combination for any holiday feast! With less fat and plenty of fiber, white bean gravy is a rich, savory and nutritious option for your holiday table. Plus, adding some sage and thyme put this gravy recipe over the top in the flavor department. Get the recipe.