I think the reason that most people don’t stick to any sort of dietary New Year’s resolutions is because it’s all about giving stuff up. No drinking. No carbs. No cheese.
I think these kinds of resolutions are deceptive. You think if you eliminate one or two things from your diet, that this will solve things. First of all, it’s not that simple. Second of all? Who said giving anything up was ever easy?
So rather than give up something, I’ve decided to turn my resolution on it’s head and add something. Beans. I’m adding beans.
I didn’t come to this decision on my own. Through the miracle of Instagram I found out that Samin had declared January to be #beanmonth. I”m not usually one to jump on a hashtag bandwagon, but this one felt right. I am a big bean fan, but somehow we hadn’t been eating enough of them lately.
I realized that this was mostly due to the fact that my pantry was oddly bare of legumes. All my bean jars were sadly empty. I fixed this immediately by heading to the Farmer’s market in Testaccio. It’s not the one I usually go to (at Circo Massimo) but the one I can never quite figure out the schedule of. I’m pretty sure it’s the first and third Sunday of every month. At least, for bean purposes, that is when Giovanni and Assunta Bernabei set up their little stand. Besides selling what may be the best tasting vegetables available in Rome, they also have rainbows of legumes.
I kind of went overboard.
As Assunta filled my bag with greens and potatoes I picked up kilo bags of red lentils, brown lentils, cannellini beans and dried fave.
I’ll be cooking my way though this beany bounty all month. And obviously beyond. But in the meantime I wanted to wish you a Happy Bean Day. Because besides being the Epiphany (big holiday here in Italy) it is also, according to internet, National Bean Day.
Here are some of my past recipes, to help you celebrate in style.
- Fresh Cranberry Beans, Soup and Salad
- Beans and Greens
- Grains and Bean Soup
- Black Beans and Rice
- Pasta with Beans and Fennel
- Beans with Salsa Verde
- Swiss Chard and Lenti Soup
- Lentil Soup
- Chickpea and Broccoli Soup
- Easy Chickpea Soup
- Fennel and Ciccerchie Soup