Red beans and rice were a perfect solution. Mondays used to be the traditional wash day of the week. Traditionally, women of the house would put on a pot of red beans to cook all day while they tended to the laundry, since the meal required little hands-on attention.
Despite the modern convenience of washing machines and dryers, the Monday red beans tradition continues today, often in a slow cooker while the cook is at the office.
Why do New Orleanians eat red beans and rice on Mondays?
New Orleanians continue, with ritualistic fervor, to consume red beans and rice on Mondays. Spicy Caribbean recipes for beans and rice were brought to the city in the late 1700s by French-speaking Haitians fleeing the revolution in Saint Domingue (modern-day Haiti).
Why beans are healthy?
They are commonly eaten around the world and are a rich source of fiber and B vitamins. They are also a great replacement for meat as a source of vegetarian protein. Beans and legumes have a number of health benefits, including reducing cholesterol, decreasing blood sugar levels and increasing healthy gut bacteria.
One of the next things we asked ourselves was: what are beans good for?
Beans are an ancient food that provide protein, fiber, and a carbohydrate called resistant starch that’s good for your gut. Find out why beans are so good for your health and how to eat them. Skip to main content.
Beans are a great source of fiber and plant-based protein. In general, beans are relatively low in fat and calories, making them a common recommendation in various diets including the Mediterranean diet and slow carb diet. It also turns out that the second graders were right… beans may, in fact, be good for the heart .
Are beans good for your gut health?
Research has shown a variety of beans, especially black beans, enhance gut health by improving intestinal barrier function and increasing the number of beneficial bacteria. This may help prevent gut-associated diseases.
Protein is a vital nutrient that plays a key role in maintaining and repairing the body. Beans are high in amino acids, the building blocks of protein. There are 20 amino acids, and nine of these are essential. There are also two types of protein sources: complete and incomplete.
What is the history of red beans?
Beans were in abundant supply and offered a way to prepare an inexpensive meal without too much effort. It was as simple as adding red beans to the pot, along with the leftover ham bone for seasoning, and allowing it to slowly simmer while the chores were getting done. Red Beans are believed to have first come from Peru.
In New Orleans, on Monday, you’re having red beans and rice. And it’s not just you. Red Beans represent New Orleans and the culture and the people. It’s a communal meal that’s meant to be shared with others.