Beans! Beans! They’re good for your…microwave?

Some people talk about eating black eye peas on New Year’s Eve. I am not one for superstition, but this did make me think about beans in general. Dried beans are dirt cheap and better for you than the canned (salty) varieties. The problem is that you can’t cook them in the microwave…or can you? I do. Here are my easy steps.

1. Rinse the portion of beans you want to use. Soak them overnight.
2. Discard the soaking water.
3. Add more water to the beans in a microwave safe container. You can leave the lid off.
4. Set the microwave for 15 minutes on 50% power. After 15 minutes, stir the beans and add a little seasoning of your choice.
5. Put them back in the microwave for 15 minutes at 50% power. Stir when the microwave goes off. Add more water if needed.
6. Put them back in the microwave for 15 minutes on 50% power. Stir.
7. Put them in for the last time for 15 minutes at 50% power. Stir when the timer goes off and serve.

My beans are always tender. Since I get a big bag of cheap dried beans, this is very frugal. You can serve your beans with rice or as a side dish to whatever you choose. I have used this method with all types of beans.

Here are two tips:
1. Add more water while cooking as needed. You can do this when you stir the beans after the 15 minute intervals.
2. Use a microwave container that is large enough and won’t let the contents bubble over and mess up the microwave.

Happy New Year!

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