Most people are only aware of black beans and rice but today I am going to show you how to make Cuban Instant pot white beans and rice. I will be using an Instant Pot for all of the Instant Pot lovers out there. One of my favorite things about this white bean recipe is that it has chorizo in it. Anything involving chorizo you can count me in. Make sure to use a hard Spanish style of chorizo. Do not use Mexican chorizo which is a ground or soft chorizo. Spanish chorizo has been cured and ready to eat like salami. Mexican chorizo always needs to be cooked first.
I am going to be use lima beans but most white beans are similar in flavor so feel free to use cannellini or white kidney beans. Navy beans could also be used however they are a little smaller so the cooking time would need to be decreased so they don't come out mushy. While we are on the topic of different kinds of beans a lot of people ask....
The answer is yes. They are full of protein, fiber and contain many micronutrients. Some of those micronutrients are copper, folate, iron, phosphorous, magnesium and vitamin B6. Copper helps with energy production and iron increases metabolism. Iron helps with transporting oxygen throughout the body.
White beans are also high in polyphenol antioxidants which combats oxidative stress. Which leads to protection against chronic illnesses such as heart disease and certain cancers.
As I said earlier, they are a good source of protein which leads to increased muscle mass when paired with proper exercise. This means they can be a primary source of protein for people following a vegetarian or vegan diet. When paired with rice all of the essential amino acids are present that is needed for your body.
For a full list of health benefits you can find it here.
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