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Beans, Beans, Beans

By Kaylee White

The other day I came home with a bulk bag of dry white beans from the East End Food Co-op, a nicely packaged bag of dry beans from Giant Eagle, and a can of organic wet beans. Needless to say, I was going to have some beans this weekend. I decided to make the beans from the Co-op because I assume that the beans from there are going to be the best of the bunch. I soaked the beans overnight and then boiled them for 3 hours. Then I fried them in some olive oil with onions, garlic, spices and kale. The resulting dish was fun and new for me.  

The beans tasted fresh with crispy skins and mushy insides. It was tasty, however, I don't think I would make this a regular meal. The preparation of the beans forced me to stay indoors for hours on a nice day while the beans boiled. I also had to schedule a more specific dinner time than usual, when I'm used to being able to eat and run on the fly. 

I have to ask myself, which is better, eating less healthy and somewhat wasteful canned beans conveniently, or eating more healthy and tasty time-consuming beans? Do healthy, natural foods and convenience have to be opposites? It seems that with the fast-paced lifestyle that I live today, eating and preparing natural foods is harder to do. 

This experiment made me step back and think, should I slow down my speedy lifestyle so that I can take the time to benefit from better foods? As the adage goes, you are what you eat, right?