When you have a tight budget, it gets harder and harder to find foods that are affordable, plus nutritious. You may start to weed out certain foods that you can get by with for the week or two when you are planning your grocery trip. This can get a bit frustrating, but knowing what foods can be fillers can help a great deal. One particular food that is used as a filler are white beans, better known as navy beans.
White beans are cost effective and beneficial to your health
White beans are great to add to the food budget because they are not expensive at all. A pound of white beans that come in a bag cost about $1 per pound. White beans can be an alternative to purchasing meat because the beans are a good source of protein and you would definitely be saving on money even when you compare the bag of beans to the less expensive beef that may be on the market.
Another reason why white beans are great for your food budget is that you can mix them into recipes for added protein boost and to use less meat. For instance, pasta is a good example because it’s already simple to make and you can add the white beans into the dish easily. White beans can even be made into a sauce and added on top of the pasta. Another combination is white beans with brown rice. White beans are very versatile and contains 15 grams of protein per cup. White beans also does not have saturated fat or high calories as other foods.
Check out the video below on how to make Lemon Angel Hair Pasta with White Beans and Basil. Delicious!
Preparing white beans for cooking
Before using white beans in your recipes or eating them on their own, they must first be prepared for cooking. Follow these steps below.
- Spread on a dark cooking surface or plate and take out any damaged beans, debris or stones.
- Place the beans in a strainer and rinse them with cool water.
- Soak the beans in water for at least eight hours or overnight in the refrigerator in two to three cups of water per cup of beans.
- Drain the liquid and rinse the beans with cold water before cooking.
Do you use white beans as a filler on a budget?