I’m happy to be participating in my first Recipe Redux challenge. This month’s challenge is to develop a recipe using small sea creatures or sea vegetables.
I’ve been interested in learning more about using sea vegetables in cooking, so this presented a great project for me. We eat a lot of chili, tacos, and other Mexican specialties in our house, so I decided to zero in on kombu. This is a valuable seaweed product that improves digestion of beans when the beans are cooked with a small piece of kombu. It also infuses minerals into the beans, including iodine, calcium, magnesium, and iron.
This chipotle bean dip is a little spicy, very flavorful, and surprisingly addictive. Fortunately, you can eat as much as you want without unpleasant side effects thanks to the kombu!
Homemade Beans Price Breakdown
Dry beans are so easy to prepare, and they’re much more affordable and tasty than their canned counterparts. At my Stop & Shop, I can buy a package of dry red beans for $1.39, and this package yields 10 cups of cooked beans. A can of cooked beans costs $1.19, and this is for 2 cups of beans.
Dry beans cost $.14 per cup of cooked beans.
Cooked canned beans cost $.60 for a cup.
Cooked beans in a can cost more than four times as much as dry beans.
With numbers like that, it makes a lot of sense to cook your own beans. And with a little piece of kombu, you won’t have to deal with the digestive issues that beans typically present.