It’s true. About beans, that is.

They are super yummy and totally healthy!

1/2-cup serving of pinto beans provides 100 calories, along with 6g of fiber, 6g of protein and no fat. This serving of pinto beans also contains 20 percent of the daily value for folate, 10 percent of the daily value for iron and phosphorus, 8 percent of the daily value for thiamine and magnesium, 6 percent of the daily value for calcium and zinc, 4 percent of the daily value for vitamin B-6 and riboflavin and 2 percent of the daily value for vitamin C and niacin. They are also a good source of potassium.

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TG likes my blog. In fact, he likes it so much that he insists I blog about every single thing I make or do.

It’s kind of cute.

So when the opportunity came about to have him contribute, he jumped at the chance.

This recipe is from TG’s mom. Written down in a little green note pad. So it’s totally a family secret. (Shhh!!!)

You want to start by cleaning the beans out pretty good to make sure you get rid of the bad ones and any rocks that may have landed in the bag. Dice up the onion and sautee. Add some salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and cumin and then a little dash of worcestershire sauce. Then go in with the water, beans and ham hocks.

Let it cook.


After several hours on the stove at a steady simmer (and when the beans are nice and tender) you can take the ham hock out of the pot. Go ahead and chop up the meat and throw it back into the pot.

I don’t necessarily condone ham hock bones for dogs but Dante is pretty good about not choking on things like that. So if your pup is like mine, just wash it off and let your pup go to town.

Then go make yourself a bowl.

Serve it up with some buttered bread.

Or buttered cheesy bread.

Or cornbread.

Or garlic bread.

Anything to scoop up the beany goodness.

Leftover ideas: Make Bean & Cheese Burritos. Bean and cheese omelets.  Beans for your tacos.

“Beans, beans, the magical fruit
The more you eat, the more you toot
The more you toot, the better you feel
So we have beans at every meal!”