Saving with legumes

Close-up of piles of assorted dried beans beside each other.Beans, peas, and lentils are all part of the legume family, and they are available dried, canned, or frozen. Dried legumes are inexpensive, nutritious, and easy to cook – just follow the directions on the package. Canned legumes are convenient, but are more expensive than dried beans and often have salt added. When using canned legumes, drain and rinse to reduce the salt. Frozen are often the most expensive.  They all provide fiber, protein, iron, potassium, as well as other vitamins and minerals. Use cooked or canned legumes in soups and stews or serve them on rice or other grains. Legumes are also a nice addition to tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. Many packages of dried legumes even have recipes on the back. Make legumes a filling, nutritious, low-cost part of your diet today!

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