Pantry Preparedness Recipes Featuring Beans


tomatoes and greens

Hello friends! Here hoping you’re thriving, not just surviving the Covid-19 shutdown. I know things look bleak, and information is sporadic and often confusing, but here at the farm, we’re weathering the storm — albeit with viral symptoms these days. After consulting with our doctors, we have been advised to stay hydrated, get plenty of rest, take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for any fevers and aches, and monitor ourselves for worsening of symptoms, and go to the ER if symptoms become severe,just like with any other virus.

The chances of us actually having Covid-19 are low, but we are still in flu and respiratory virus season in the Northeast. We have gone full quarantine and will remain so for an additional 14 days. This, of course, doesn’t constitute medical advice in any way, shape, or form! I just thought I’d let people know what the current medical advice in our area (with confirmed cases) is as of right now. 

With that in mind, it’s going to be a looooong two weeks with so many people sick. Good thing the pantry is stocked, the board games and Netflix stand at the ready, and we’re making the best of a bad situation. We’ve decided to see this as our time out - a way to reset, refocus on what’s important, and care for each other to the best of our ability. We’re trying to thrive and not just survive.

Today’s pantry cooking will take us to the magical shelf of beans in my pantry. In the interest of full disclosure, my family literally lives on beans - we have them with just about every meal. My youngest goes through a case of black beans every two weeks on her own - it’s a quick and nutritious snack she can pair with tortillas or rice or whatever when she’s running between activities. I don’t usually buy dried, only because we tend to be on the go most days and canned is just easier. I do have dried, just in case. 

All of the recipes will assume cooked beans, so prepare your dried beans however you would normally. This article will show you how to cook dried beans if you’ve never done so.

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