Unfamiliar by this vegetable group, many people ask: what are legumes? Healthy, with a wide-range of culinary uses, legumes include various types of beans that can be used in salads, soups, dips and side dishes.
Legumes are essentially beans; some of the many types include:
Although some sources classify green beans and peas as legumes, they
do not contain the same nutritional value as aforementioned – excellent
sources of protein.
In addition to protein, legumes provide:
Legumes contain no cholesterol and low levels of harmful fats.
What are Legumes classified as?
Although legumes are technically a protein, most are also considered complex carbohydrates. If you follow a diabetic or similar diet, keep in mind that legumes count toward your meat/protein and carbohydrate portion – not a vegetable.
What are Legumes and how do I prepare them?
Legumes are an important staple in almost every vegetarian diet, but their availability and wide choice of accessible recipes make them appropriate for almost any diet. Cooking legumes can be as complex as making homemade soups and stews or as simple as marinating canned beans overnight.
What are legumes? They include the many different sprouts which are very healthy to add to your diet.
Blend soy sauce and honey together; set aside.
Heat vegetable and sesame oils in large heavy skillet.
Add bean sprouts and onions; stir fry 1 minute.
Add pepper and stir fry 2 minutes; mix in soy mixture.
Stir in chopped tomato and stir until thoroughly heated.
Spoon onto serving dishes; sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Serve immediately; serves 4 to 6.
What are legumes? All kinds of lentils are included in legumes.
Combine broth, bay leaf, salt, pepper and lentils in heavy Dutch oven.
Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 30 minutes; add remaining ingredients.
Stir to mix well; cover and simmer until tender (Black eyed peas take longer).
What are legumes when making red beans and rice?
Drain beans and place in large Dutch oven; add beef broth and water.
Over medium high heat bring beans to a boil; REDUCE TO medium low.
Cover and simmer for 1 hour (Add more water if necessary to cover beans).
INCREASE HEAT to medium high; add onion and next 6 ingredients.
NOTE: If necessary add enough water to always keep the beans covered.
Add the sausage to the pot and bring to a boil; REDUCE HEAT to medium low.
Cover partially and simmer about 1 ½ hours until beans have thickened.
Serve over cooked rice; serves 8.
What are legumes when making salsa?
Cook cumin seeds in small heavy skillet over medium heat 2-3 minutes.
NOTE: Stir and cook seeds until browned.
Combine cumin seeds, black beans and remaining ingredients.
Stir to blend and place in tightly covered container; store in refrigerator.
Makes 10 cups.
What are legumes? In this recipe they are black eyed peas.
Combine and mix all ingredients.
Cover and refrigerate several hours to marinate.
Serve cold; serves 8-10.
What are lentils? When mixed with vegetables and herbs they make a great meal.
Cover lentils with the water in large saucepan.
Add salt, pepper and bay leaves; bring to a boil.
Simmer for 5 minutes; drain and reserve liquid.
Heat oil in large saucepan; add onion stirring until transparent.
Add zucchini stirring for 5 minutes; add garlic, lentils and juice.
Add fennel leaves, basil, rosemary, cumin and reserved liquid.
Simmer for 45 minutes.
Add the potatoes to pan and simmer 20 minutes longer.
NOTE: Lentils should be tender and potatoes.
Season with butter, more salt and pepper if needed.
Serve hot sprinkled with chopped parsley; serves 6.
What are legumes? They are delicious when spiced up with great seasonings?
Brown bacon in large skillet; remove bacon and crumble.
Set bacon aside; leave drippings in skillet.
Add black eyed peas and remaining ingredients to the skillet.
Bring to a boil; REDUCE HEAT and simmer 20 minutes.
Spoon into serving dishes; sprinkle with crumbled bacon.
What are legumes when making appetizers?
Place onion in skillet sprayed with vegetable spray.
Cook and stir over medium heat until tender.
Stir in mashed beans, 1/3 cup salsa and next 4 ingredients.
In a bowl mix together cream cheese and lime juice until smooth.
Stir in avocado; spread 2 ½ teaspoons over 1 side of each tortilla.
NOTE: Leave order of ½ inch around edges.
Spread 2 tablespoons of bean mixture over the cheese mixture.
Top with 2-3 thin strips of pepper (Place so strips go with the rolling).
Roll each tortilla; cut each into 4 parts and insert toothpick in each.
Serve with salsa and sour cream; makes 40.
What are legumes? They are delicious cooked as bean soup and served with cornbread.
FOR BEAN SOUP soak beans overnight in cold water.
Rinse beans, pick over and cover with fresh water.
Add meat and pepper pod; bring to a boil.
REDUCE HEAT and add onion; simmer 2-3 hours until tender.
FOR CORNBREAD preheat oven to 400F degrees.
Fry bacon in 10 inch iron skillet; remove from skillet and crumble.
Pour bacon fat from skillet leaving about 2 tablespoons.
NOTE: Set skillet off heat but keep fairly hot.
In a bowl mix together corn meal and remaining ingredients.
Stir in crumbled bacon; pour into hot skillet.
Bake about 20 minutes until set and usually cracked down center.
Serve hot with bean soup and butter.
What are legumes? They are a great addition to casseroles.
Heat 2 TABLESPOONS oil in large saucepan over medium heat.
Add onion and cook until soft; add tomatoes.
Cook for 3 minutes longer; set aside.
Heat 2 TABLESPOONS oil in skillet; stir in paprika and then spinach.
Season with salt and pepper; cook 2-3 minutes.
Add spinach to the onion and tomato mixture.
Add garbanzo beans and liquid; mix well.
Stir in bread crumbs and simmer for 30 minutes.
Recheck seasoning and serve hot; serves 4.
Lentil soup is one of many legume recipes that need to cook slowly,
but yields a hearty, flavorful soup that can last well over a week
When cooking with legumes such as lentils, you first need to remove any discolored or shriveled beans or small stones. Shift through a handful at a time, rinse under tepid water and place in a colander.
Finely dice the carrots, celery and onion and add to a medium pot with boiling stock; seasoning to taste; slowly stir in the tomato sauce and a tablespoon of olive oil. Add the lentils, adjusting heat to a simmer. Lentils need to cook slowly, until tender. Periodically stir and add water or stock as necessary. If you find that the water has taken away from the flavor, simply add a cube of vegetable bouillon.
Cook the pasta until tender in a separate pot and add right before serving – if you cook the pasta with the lentils, the soup will become starchy.
Recipe varieties include: adding wine to simmering lentils; adding bouillon cubes or fresh herbs for extra flavor; serving with grated cheddar or gruyere cheese.
What are legumes? Even though you do not need meat for protein in recipes with legumes, this one has great flavor with the sausage. As far as being healthy; with the added ingredients I wouldn’t call it healthy but very tasty.
Sauté sausage with onion and celery until sausage is done; add chili flavored beans and pork and beans.
Drain and add all other beans; add mustard, brown sugar and tomato soup.
Place mix in large greased baking dish; spread tomato paste on top.
Criss cross bacon on the top; bake at 350F degrees uncovered for 1 hour.
What are legumes? Beans that are excellent sources of proteins and essential nutrients with a wide range of recipe options including dips, salads, casseroles, stews and soups – healthy alternatives to meat that can be enjoyed by more than vegetarians.