Have you heard of Blue Zones? These are the communities in the world most likely to produce people who live to be 100 or more. While living for a long time isn’t one of my top goals, being in relatively good health until I am no longer living is. I recently heard an interview with Dan Beuttner, the author of the book The Blue Zones Solution, in which he was asked what is the #1 tip he could give for people who wanted to live longer healthier lives. Based on his research his resounding answer is: EAT AT LEAST 1/2 CUP OF COOKED BEANS PER DAY.
This is good news for me because I freaking love beans. One of my favorite links between WV and NM is the love of pinto beans (though other environmental and dietary factors in each state definitely keep them out of the blue zone). I’m going to be testing more bean recipes and eating more beans, but today I thought I’d share with you some links to bean heavy recipes I know are delicious.
Warm Black-Eyed Peas with Yogurt and Ginger from A Veggie Venture
Squid and White Bean Salad from Serious Eats
Chickpea and Leek Soup from My Darling Lemon Thyme
Black-Eyed Pea and Chard Stew (Fassoolia Wselek) from Taste of Beirut
Buffalo Roasted Chickpeas from Lemons and Anchovies
Greek 7 Layer Dip from Closet Cooking
Roasted Chickpeas with Moroccan Spices from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cinnamon Flavored Black-Eyed Peas also from Serious Eats
More to come, but for the time being EAT YOUR BEANS!