Powerful Pinto Beans

Pinto beans are a great fiber-rich alternative to other bean choices. We sometimes get stuck in the rut of eating the same thing over and over, and Pinto beans could be that next new food you're going to love! With their power-packed heart support, you cannot go wrong.

How to Choose and Keep
Some foods, like many vegetables, are not best coming from a can. With pinto beans, that is not the case. For a quicker and easier cooking process feel free to find pintos in a can. A more affordable form is dried, but it will take much longer to cook. Store either dried or canned in a cool dried place.

Preparation
Rinse thoroughly with cold water if canned. If they are dried, make sure there isn't any debris or stones in them before you rinse in a strainer. If cooking dried beans, soak before cooking to help with the process. I like to cook on the stovetop or find slow cooker recipes to cook my beans.

Nutrients
Molybdenum, folate, fiber, copper, manganese, phosphorous, protein, vitamin b1, vitamin b6, magnesium, potassium, iron

Action Steps
1. Create a vegetarian style taco by mixing together pinto beans, taco seasoning, sauteed onions and diced tomatoes. Delicious!
2. Use in place of any recipe that calls for kidney beans.
3. Top pinto beans on cooked rice and enjoy with a steamed vegetable for a quick and light meal.

(Resource: whfoods.com, Picture: cookforyourlife.org)