Tremoços – Lupini Beans
Lupini beans – (Tremoços) are a good source of dietary fiber and protein and have many health benefits which you can read about here.
One cup of cooked lupini beans provides 200 calories, 5 grams of fiber and a whopping 26 grams of protein.
The only other beans with more protein than lupini beans are soybeans.
I love this snack but I find the ones that you find selling grocery stores are too salt so I made these at home instead.
This recipe is pretty simple but it takes about 5-10 days of soaking them in the refrigerator, before you get the final product.
1 pound of dried lupini beans (picked over to remove any sand)
large pot of water
Seasonings for serving (optional):
2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
Crushed black pepper to taste
Place the beans in a pot if water and soak overnight. After 24 hours, add more water to the pot if needed. The water should completly cover the beans with at least 2-3 inches of water.
Boil the beans to a boil and cook simmering for about 2 hours.
Drain and rinse the beans and place them in a large container and cover with cold water. Let them cool and place in the refrigerator.
Change the water once a day for 10-14 days. After 10 days, taste a bean for bitterness.
It may take more days to remove the bitterness from the beans.
When the bitterness is gone add ratio of about 1/4 cup of salt to 1 gallon of water with the beans.
They can be stored this way in the refrigerator. You may add more salt if desired.
Remove desired amount of beans from the jar and splash with olive oil. Add the a chopped garlic and black pepper!
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