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Thrifty Thursday: Cheesy Pasta and Bean Bake

Did you know that for less than $10 you can make a delicious and nutritious meal for the entire family? This past week, Northarvest Director of Domestic Marketing & Communication Megan Myrdal was on North Dakota Today featuring cheesy past and bean bake.
 
Using beans as a protein is a great a way to reduce the cost of any hotdish recipe. Additionally, a serving of beans is significantly less than a serving of meat.
 

Mexico Begins New Ag Price Support Program

The Mexican government has launched a new price support program in Zacatecas and Durango. However, the program was initiated later than the long standing price support programs. As a result, producers waited longer than usual to sell beans to participating elevators to obtain price guarantees.
 
Additionally, the U.S. Dry Bean Council has released the Mexico fall/winter harvest projects. Those projections can be viewed at this link.

Beans Nourish a Healthy Gut

Healthy gut microbes are linked to lower risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease. How can you keep your gut microbes happy? Bacteria feed on certain types of carbohydrates, including the resistant starch found in beans. It’s one more way that including beans in meals helps protect against chronic disease. Read more.

Beans for Blood Pressure

The effective and long-standing DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet encourages regular consumption of beans to help lower blood pressure. It’s rich in nutrients that are associated with lower blood pressure like potassium, magnesium, calcium, fiber and protein, while restricting sugars and saturated fats.

See how beans check all of the DASH diet boxes. Read more here.

Thrifty Thursday: Beans and Potatoes!

Dry beans and potatoes are two locally grown foods that are nutritious. There are so many ways consumers can enjoy them, and it won’t break the bank. Both are always reasonably priced, widely available and something that can be enjoyed multiple times throughout the week.

This past Thursday, Northarvest Bean Growers Association’s Megan Myrdal shared quick and easy dinner ideas on North Dakota Today. Watch the segment.