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Oct 13, 2006 06:15 PM

How do I get kids to eat beans?

The doctor recommended that we add beans to the kids diets. Any suggestions, they don't like mushy stuff! Can I roast them?

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  1. I don't like mushy things either!

    I took dried red beans and simmered them for 1 hour, then removed from heat and let them soak for 2 hours, then drained and put into the fridge. The next day I used them for beans and rice and they were not mushy, but firm with a nutty flavor. They were the really inexpensive Goya beans and they were great.

    Kids usually like eating foods that they make, so maybe do the simmer, soak and drain, and the next day let the kids put them into a pot with minute rice, tomatoes and some red/green pepper for sweetness. You can always then top that w/parm cheese. Everything is better with cheese.

    1. As in baked beans? They are very delicious, made baked beans just last week.
      There are also bean salads, you can add some to soups or make a bean soup.
      It's what you get used to eating; we grew up eating beans and we liked them.

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      1. re: morebubbles

        if you use dried bean instead of canned they won't be mushy. you just have to soak them overnight.

        1. re: morebubbles

          Yah we grew up eating baked beans all the time - my mom also made tea biscuits to go along with them and cut them out using different cookie cutters to make it more fun for us. We always had baked beans and bunny shaped biscuits!

        2. Even if you are using canned beans you can make crispy bean "cakes"... they serve them in Central Mexico as a side with some suacy dishes because they can hold up to the sauce very well.

          Take a can of white beans & let them drain for a long time... then using a Potato Ricer (or masher).... pulverize them into a paste... finally putting some corn meal or flour on your hands form bean patties (about 4 inches in diameter).... then sear both sides on very hot oil (bacon fat or high quality lard). They will have a pleasant crust on the outside... & will be tender on the inside without being mushy.

          I typically serve these with Costillas en Salsa Verde (Pork Spareribs braised in seared green salsa... with "melted" chopped greens)

          1. Soup.

            It helps to use dried beans that haven't sat for years on a shelf. The best and cheapest way is online shopping, btw.


            Their dried beans are very fresh (ignore the seeming oxymoron) and a very good buy.

            1. Don't know if this will help, but I used to grind them up and put them into the liquid when I made tacos or soup or other things where they were "invisible" after a while, they caught on and were willing to try them whole. They all eat beans now. I had the least success with kidney beans, I did better with black and navy beans.