Legume Love

Last night it became apparent we needed to go to the grocery store then because there might not be a chance over the weekend. Sure, we had pantry food and vegetables, but what we were missing were “meal makers”, which–for me–come in a beany form:

Beans

Beans

  • Chickpeas(dry and reconstituted)
  • Black beans
  • BBQ beans
  • Vegetarian chili
  • Tofu
  • Tofu Veggie Burgers

I have a serious case of legume love. And how could I not? Beans are a great source of plant-based protein and fiber. And nothing tastes better than a properly seasoned bean. You just have to have a heavy hand with the salt and spices. What’s your favorite variety of bean? For me, it’s the chickpea, or garbanzo bean. I love my chickpea(and yet, surprisingly, hummus is not my favorite).

Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Milk Ice Cream

And we got some other groceries, including this! I can’t wait to try and review this new coconut milk ice cream. I hope it’s as good as this one I’m in love with.

Organic Smooth Dark Chocolate

Organic Smooth Dark Chocolate

I surprisingly wasn’t starving getting home from grocery shopping; but there’s always room for another favorite bean of mine: the cacao bean!

Organic Smooth Dark Chocolate

Organic Smooth Dark Chocolate

Mmm, this one’s a winner every time. Nothing’s more relaxing than eating dark chocolate and watching television. The preview for the season finale of Grey’s looks so exciting! It should be almost as good as the bomb episodes.

Oatmeal With Justin's Chocolate PB

Oatmeal With Justin's Chocolate PB

Did you know peanuts are more closely related to legumes than nuts? That makes it more confusing for me when the food pyramid categorizes it with the meats. What is it?! I think the peanut has a serious identity crisis. But it sure is delicious.

Cookie Dough Oatmeal, Banana Pineapple Rum YIAJ

Cookie Dough Oatmeal, Banana Pineapple Rum YIAJ

Breakfast on this cold and rainy day was very Project Cleanout friendly.

Plain Chobani In Banana Rum Pineapple Jam

Plain Chobani In Banana Rum Pineapple Jam

I think I like eating out of this jam jar more because those final bites are so sweet rather than nutty. It’s bliss. For my oatmeal, I made a small batch of cookie dough cashew butter in honor of Cookie Friday. That means it’s also Sundae Friday! Well now I’m happy I picked up that pint of ice cream. Happy Friday!

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  1. Madeline - Greens and Jeans 14. May, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    Sundae friday sounds way more up my alley than cookie friday…

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  2. Elizabeth 14. May, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    I’m about to board my plane but I just had to stop in and read your blog ;) garbanzo is seriously my favorite bean, but unlike you, I’m a hummus addict. Can’t wait to make some fudge!!

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  3. runnerforever 14. May, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    You do cook up meals a lot with legumes, maybe you could do a post on their benefits some time.

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  4. jenny (green food diaries) 14. May, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    Banana Pineapple Rum Jam? dear god that sounds so good.

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  5. Megan.kretz@gmail.com 14. May, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    I love chickpeas! Especially when added to a cous cous salad with lots of veggies, olive oil, and sriracha sauce.

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  6. Kelly 14. May, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    That jam looks amazing…

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  7. Claire @ College:Raw 14. May, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    Hmmm…I’d say chickpeas are my favorite too, but I do love kidney and black beans…

    The banana rum pineapple jam sounds too good to be true.

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  8. Jessica @ How Sweet 14. May, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    I need that jam. Especially since it has rum in it.

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  9. Matt 14. May, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    Black beans are a staple!

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  10. Michelle 14. May, 2010 at 6:47 pm #

    I would say my favorite bean is definitely the cocoa bean ;)

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  11. BroccoliHut 14. May, 2010 at 7:09 pm #

    Fellow legume lover here! Chickpeas are my favorite too, then maybe black beans.

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  12. Lauren @ Eater not a runner 14. May, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    I almost bought that coconut milk ice cream today! Can’t wait to read your review.

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  13. Melissa S. 14. May, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

    I def love garbanzo beans…and as much as I love hummus, i love chickpeas even more!

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  14. Annie 17. May, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    I love black beans. My family makes a Cuban/Miami black beans and rice that is amazing. Lots of cumin, bell peppers and onions. Chorizo if we can find it. Oh so good.

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