Have You Ever Wondered

  • where buttermilk got its name? The term "buttermilk" sounds like a misnomer. Its name refers to the way buttermilk was first made-from the whey, or liquid, left after butter was churned from cream. Today most buttermilk is made from fat-free or low-fat milk.
  • As an easy side dish, baked potato topping, or pasta sauce, simply heat frozen or canned beans with a tasty sauce of tomatoes, molasses, or jalapeno peppers.
  • Use legumes as a meat substitute in many mixed dishes: kidney beans in chili, lentils in meat loaf, pinto beans in enchiladas, black beans in chunky soups, mashed kidney or pinto beans in meatballs, soybeans in casseroles, and white beans in stews.
  • Create a high-fiber pasta sauce that's low in fat, too! In a blender or a food processor, puree cooked or drained, canned beans with beef or chicken stock. White cannellini beans make a creamy white sauce, but any variety of beans will do. Add fresh herbs: basil, chives, garlic, marjoram, and oregano, among others. Fresh tomatoes or tomato sauce add a nice flavor and color.

See "Kitchen Nutrition: Cooking a Pot o'Beans" in chapter 6 and "Vegetarian Way: Legumes and Other Meat Alternates" in chapter 20 for more tips.

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