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VIDEO: Beans 101

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Whether you are completely plant-based or just looking to diversify, beans deserve a set at your table. Versatile and eaten all over the world, I kind of think of beans like a protein-rich sponge–they soak up what ever flavors you cook them in. So be creative! Growing up, my fam added meat to beans, but I’ve discovered that with a few super simple tricks, this isn’t necessary for flavor. What are these tricks?

1. Don’t use water, when you can use something more flavorful like stock/broth, beer, or wine.

2. Always cook with aromatics like onions, carrots, pepper, garlic, bay leaf, and acid like orange or lemon.

3. Never skimp on spices, including a wee bit of hot sauce if you roll like that!

The short video below shows you the basics, but feel free to adapt to your own personal tastes/preferences. Enjoy!



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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

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