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Spiced Life Conversation Recipes: Slow-Cooked Beans

Updated: Mar 13

Spiced Life Conversation Recipes
Spiced Life Conversation Recipes

Spiced Life Conversation Recipes: Slow-Cooked Beans


  • 1 pound of dried beans, such as cannellini beans, black beans, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, great northern beans, or pinto beans

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 5 cups boiling water

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


1. Soak beans in enough cold water to cover them by 2 inches for 6 hours or overnight. (Alternatively, use the quick soak method: Place beans in a large pot with enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat and let stand for 1 hour).

2. Drain the beans and place them in a slow cooker. Add onion, garlic, thyme, and bay leaf. Pour in boiling water. Cook, covered, on high until beans are tender, 2 to 3 1/2 hours. Add salt, cover, and cook for 15 minutes more.

The recipe makes 6 cups.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 260 Calories, 1 g Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 48 g Carbohydrates, 19 g Fiber, 15 g Protein, 201 mg Sodium, 726 mg Potassium. (Please note that this information is based on a 1-cup serving, which a bariatric surgery patient will not likely be able to consume. You will need to alter your portions appropriately.)

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