Spilling the Beans

Spilling the Beans

Cooking and Baking With Beans and Grains Everyday

Book - 2011
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Learning to cook delicious meals using healthy ingredients is a snap in this new cookbook. With humorous anecdotes and current factoids on health, Julie and Sue explain everything from the truth behind beans and flatulence to demystifying the simple process of soaking and cooking dried beans and lentils.

At a time when eating foods that are as good for the environment as they are for us is a growing concern, whole, healthy, high-fibre foods such as beans and grains are in high demand. Helpful info from gastroentrologist Dr. Guido Van Rosendaal also highlights the physical benefits of incorporating more legumes and whole grains into our everyday diets.

Spilling the Beans covers it all, from how to cook up beans and grains, to how to add healthy fibre to your favorite desserts. An entire section on baking delicious desserts with beans amps up cakes, bars, and cookies with flavour and fiber.

Publisher: North Vancouver, B.C. : Whitecap Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9781770500419
Characteristics: 268 p. :,col. ill. ;,26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Duncan, Sue 1970-


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Sep 11, 2018

I love this cookbook. It has a Canadian flare to it and fit in with familiar foods and pantry items on hand but with beans incorporated. I made Greek Salad with Chickpeas & Bow-Ties twice, the second time a double recipe as it keeps well and my teens love it for lunch. Lemon juice and fresh herbs gave it zing. My daughter and I had a craving for chocolate so, on a whim, we looked up chocolate in the index and selected the Chocolate Cupcakes. We had a lot of fun hiding beans in a dessert. No one could guess the secret ingredient! They were somewhat dense (not surprising as there was a cup of puréed lentils in there) but were moist and had good flavour. Very satisfying and filling. We had actually wanted brownies, so were surprised later to find there IS a brownie recipe here but not indexed under chocolate! Oh well, more things to try for next time. I’ve recommended this book to others including my nutritionist.

Oct 28, 2013

This is a keeper...I have enjoyed Julie's blog dinnerwithjulie.com.

Sep 05, 2013

I'll likely be buying copies of this - one for me, and others as gifts. Good variety of recipes from a variety of cuisines, clear instructions, reasonable ingredient lists, and everything looks yummy! Good background info as well, and while the book doesn't specifically have a vegetarian focus, many of the recipes are either meatless or easily adapted.

Jan 30, 2013

What a fantastic book! I have already tried 3 recipes out of it, and managed to fool my teen into eating the beans without even knowing they were in them.
Highly recommend this cookbook. Waht a simple way to add healthy fibre to our diets.

Dec 20, 2012

I bought this book too. I've done most of the baked recipes with beans (ie pizza dough; waffles; etc) and they tasted delicious. The kids loved them, too, and had no idea that their meal had been 'beaned'!

Aug 02, 2012

This is one of the better books on cooking with beans. It is not vegetarian. After cooking several and writing a recipe card out, I decided, this author deserved their money. I bought it!

Jun 19, 2012

These recipes have bean tested on the authors' families, and it shows! (sorry) Even my picky husband enjoyed these high-fibre, high-nutrient recipes.

Mar 30, 2012

Love this book in all ways - this is one I will need to buy instead of borrow!!

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