Pegan 365 Dried Beans

A staple in many cuisines, beans are a healthy and great source of protein on the Pegan 365 diet. Boost the flavor in otherwise bland beans with spices like ground cumin and crushed red pepper flakes. This simple recipe is the perfect side dish for lunch or dinner.

Recipe from Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

1 lb dried beans (black, kidney, pinto, or chickpeas)
3 fresh garlic cloves, pressed
1 large onion, roughly chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
pinch red pepper flakes

1. Sort the beans, checking for rocks and dirt, then rinse and place in a large pot.


2. Cover with fresh water (approximately 10 cups of water per pound) and bring to a boil over high heat.


3. Reduce the heat to a low simmer. Skim off any foam.


4. Stir in the onion, garlic, oregano, cumin, and red pepper flakes.


5. Keep an eye on your beans, stirring occasionally. The beans are done when they are tender all the way through but still firm and intact, about an hour and a half.


Note: Cooking time may vary depending on the age of the beans.