The bean dates back to the very beginnings of our civilization. They have been found buried in tombs in Egypt and also, deep inside ancient caves in Peru.
It has been at dinner tables just about as far back as we can tell and with good reason. With an average of nine and a half grams of protein per serving the bean makes for a very healthy way to get that “full” feeling that comes at the end of a satisfying meal.
There are thousands of varieties of beans in the world, so naturally there are limitless possibilities for preparation. This weeks recipe is from an era when beans were invaluable because of their nutrients and shelf life when dried. This could easily be just about any era in the history of beans but I am specifically thinking about the westward wagon trains of the early United States.
Here is my recipe for “Cowboy Beans.” Enjoy!