Dehydrated Black Beans

I like beans. I like creamy beans, the kind you get when you cook your own from scratch for hours. You just can’t get that from a can. But I don’t always have the time to cook beans for hours. So, I’m trying dehydrated beans. These are beans that are fully cooked then dried. They’re popular with backpackers because they’re lightweight and cook quickly.

Here are some black beans that I’m experimenting with:




And cooked:


The instructions say they can be cooked in about 15 or 20 minutes. It’s true, they can. But it took about an hour for me to get this creamy consistency. And I’m impressed! It would take several hours of cooking my soaked black beans to get this creaminess. The taste is fresh, no off-flavors, very good in fact. As you can see from the container, nothing was added to this, so I’ll use it as a base to make black bean soup, adding onions, peppers, tomatoes, garlic, and spices.

For me, this is a find. I purchased them online from Amazon. Harmony House sells several types of beans. I also bought some dehydrated vegetables. that I’m looking forward to trying.

Have you ever tried dehydrated foods?

Is Everything On The Internet About Making Money?

I’m bummed. As you know, my blog is not commercial. I don’t use ads (no kow-towing to a sponsor). I don’t sell things. I don’t promote myself for profit-making ventures like books and speeches. Well, my webhost, Bluehost, just sent me an email saying they are not going to sponsor basic, let me say, non-commercial accounts anymore. They are bumping me up to a “Plus” business-like account (I am one person, I don’t need unlimited email accounts, websites, or domains), and charging me accordingly. And so I am left wondering what to do.

I left Google because they monetize you. Facebook monetizes you. I don’t mean to be critical of people who use them, because, let’s face it, I used Google’s Blogspot for 9 years, and I use Twitter, which also monetizes you. The business models of these companies sicken me. They take intimate accounts of people’s lives and manipulate the data to make a profit. Just about everything you do online anymore is being used to make money for someone. It’s so off-putting to me how commercial the internet has become.

Anyway … back to blogging. I might go over to WordPress. I don’t know. Thanks for listening.

More On Lymphoma And Diet


Consuming high amounts of trans fat more than doubled the risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

A few more foods to stay away from if you are at risk for lymphoma: beef, pork, lamb, and trans fat. Trans fat is found in partially hydrogenated oils. Foods with a lot of trans fat include anything fried (doughnuts, chicken nuggets, French fries), many commercially baked goods (cakes, pie crusts, biscuits, pizza, cookies, crackers), and margarine or other spreads. Those were the findings of this study:

Dietary Fat And Protein In Relation To Risk Of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Among Women, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 1999

This was a good study: large (88,410 women in Nurses’ Health Study), prospective, long 14-year follow-up.

Intake of beef, pork, or lamb as a main dish was associated with a statistically significantly increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; the multivariate relative risk for consumption of these meats at least once per day as compared with less than once per week was 2.2 (95% CI = 1.1-4.4; P for trend = .002).

Higher intake of trans unsaturated fat was also statistically significantly associated with an increased risk of the disease; the multivariate relative risk for the highest versus the lowest quintiles was 2.4 (95% CI = 1.3-4.6; P for trend = .01).

They concluded:

In the Nurses’ Health Study, higher intakes of beef, pork, or lamb as a main dish, trans unsaturated fat, and saturated fat are associated with greater risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

If you combine these results with those of the study in my prior post which fingered chicken (specifically, all poultry), a low-fat vegan diet would seem to be the way to go.

Ryan Lochte And Michael Phelps Eat Spaghetti Before Competition

Ryan Lochte shared this photo on his Instagram of himself and Michael Phelps eating take-out spaghetti ahead of their the 200-meter individual medley at the Rio Olympics:


To the low-carb community: What do you say they should be eating instead?

Bald Eagle Hunting

Watch how his head is kept level to the horizon, even when his body and wings (those wings!) turn 90 degrees. How his eyes never leave the goal. (It’s a video. Click the picture.)

A video posted by National Geographic (@natgeo) on