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Dear brain trust: I do not like beans. I have never liked beans.… 
2nd-Jan-2010 09:54 am
Dear brain trust:

I do not like beans. I have never liked beans. We are talking gag reflex, mom would put three on my plate as a kid because we had to try everything and I would swallow them whole because it was the only way to get them down. It's a taste, smell, and texture issue.

However, as an adult, I've discovered a few specific applications where I don't mind beans or bean products:

- chickpeas turned into chickpea cutlets (everyone likes these, thank bob)
- falafel
- edamame, which I can eat like it's going out of style
- peas, whole, uncooked, defrosted, usually in a multi-layer salad
- hummus (alas, Jeff's mom doesn't like hummus)
- tofu (alas, Jeff's mom doesn't like this either)
- green beans (just the outside green part)

I'd like to like beans. I live in a household with two other people who like beans. They're cheap, healthy protein.

Any suggestions on where a lifelong bean hater might start on retraining her tastebuds, or other applications of beans I might like, from the list above?

2nd-Jan-2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
I was just getting ready to suggest lentils, and specifically dal, because there's a lot of other strong flavors there that might help.

I don't really think of them as beans, but since you mentioned peas: sugar snap peas are delicious raw, and snow peas are great raw or in stir-fry. When it's the right season for them, fresh garden peas are also delicious, and are best only-just-barely cooked, when they're still firm.

I love the flavor of white beans, or rather the flavor of them mixed with olive oil, garlic, and rosemary and put on top of toasted bread, but I'm not sure the texture would work for you. Maybe white bean and kale (and sausage) soup, where the beans are pureed and there's kale (and sausage) to give it flavor?
3rd-Jan-2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Oh, I love sugar snaps and snow peas. I forget they're beans, too, which is why they didn't make the list.

I like the white bean soup idea. :)
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