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Ways to replace beans?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM

I have a fair few vegetarian recipes from back when I was vegetarian that I'd like to adapt to being paleo.

Many of them rely on beans as a filler and for taste. I have no idea what could be used to replicate the taste. I don't want to rely on meat to replace beans, because of my problems with meat (yes I'm working on them, I've gotten to the point that I can eat light fish without cramping badly).

Like this: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/yummy-taco-salad-dip/detail.aspx

I know it's not really paleo, but I'm cutting out the sour cream (possibly using plain greek yogurt instead) and we have cheese that has no lactose in it (was hard to find, but worth the search).

I'm a mexican food fanatic, so finding ways to eat said food would be great.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on September 17, 2011
at 07:44 PM

You could also bake some eggplant pieces wrapped in foil and mix them in. They are quite delicate tho, most will be quite mushy.

F1b82cc7e6d90384ad30007dd6c1b9e3

(1187)

on September 17, 2011
at 03:10 PM

maybe they will soften with a little cooking? don't know if carrots can match the taste of beans, the spices make the difference, of course my favorite beans are sweetened with sugar, i'm avoiding them of course.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on September 17, 2011
at 01:33 PM

As long as you don't have major problems with beans, eating them once in a while is really not that big of a deal. Just avoid soybeans and peanuts. Most beans really aren't much worse than nuts. Lentils, black beans and chick peas are pretty nutritious - you could try the WAPF methods of making them safer. However, if they make you gassy - it's best to avoid them entirely (the gas tends to feed the problematic kind of gut bacteria).

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on September 17, 2011
at 12:43 PM

Yes its propably due the weird sugars they have.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 17, 2011
at 12:37 PM

Tilapia, Sole, Halibut are very light/mild flavoured delicate fishies that you can do a ton to with seasonings. Not sure what you're trying right now but those are worth a shot :)

078293bd7f5f4d9776f66359f70f4d33

on September 17, 2011
at 12:36 PM

I'm not looking for something with a crunch, more like...the taste and texture of refried beans.

078293bd7f5f4d9776f66359f70f4d33

on September 17, 2011
at 12:31 PM

Mushrooms are...they don't work with my stomach, at least not the types available here.

078293bd7f5f4d9776f66359f70f4d33

on September 17, 2011
at 12:30 PM

Seafood beyond fish is out of the question, it doesn't stay in my system long. and I'll have to try the cauliflower! I have yet to try cauliflower in place of rice, but hopefully soon.

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on September 17, 2011
at 12:15 PM

I use mushrooms, just because theres a ton of wild mushrooms in season now.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on September 17, 2011
at 07:44 PM

You could also bake some eggplant pieces wrapped in foil and mix them in. They are quite delicate tho, most will be quite mushy.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on September 17, 2011
at 12:43 PM

Yes its propably due the weird sugars they have.

078293bd7f5f4d9776f66359f70f4d33

on September 17, 2011
at 12:31 PM

Mushrooms are...they don't work with my stomach, at least not the types available here.

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 17, 2011
at 12:09 PM

The greek yogurt will be a good substitute and for the beans, I would finely chop up cauliflower and do a fast stirfry of it with cumin, chili, coriander, a little salt. Let it cool and use that for the replacement layer. Cauliflower is so nice and mild that it works great for all kinds of recipes that you used rice/beans for. Or at least I think so :) You could use seasoned mashed potato as well if you're eating tubers.

One of my favourite salads that I make at home are: crispy roasted sweet potato and regular potato. Thinly slices of baby spinach. Chopped tomato, avocado, radishes, chicken or steak, chopped jicama, sometimes bell peppers. Dressing is lime juice, a little honey, garlic, chopped jalapeno, cilantro.

The salad is really good with shrimp, too, if you're just re-introducing proteins back into your diet.

Enjoy!

078293bd7f5f4d9776f66359f70f4d33

on September 17, 2011
at 12:30 PM

Seafood beyond fish is out of the question, it doesn't stay in my system long. and I'll have to try the cauliflower! I have yet to try cauliflower in place of rice, but hopefully soon.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 17, 2011
at 12:37 PM

Tilapia, Sole, Halibut are very light/mild flavoured delicate fishies that you can do a ton to with seasonings. Not sure what you're trying right now but those are worth a shot :)

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F1b82cc7e6d90384ad30007dd6c1b9e3

(1187)

on September 17, 2011
at 12:32 PM

great suggestions. I just splurged on mexican last night so i will be taking it easy today trying to keep hydrated, no hard workout until tomorrow. cauliflower is a great idea. my husband likes cook pasta alot. His sauce is amazing and I measure out one cup of pasta for my plate ( about 40 grams at one sitting), I'm sure other low carb vegetables could be used as well though I haven't tried much lately. And mushrooms, another great idea. how about raw carrots shredded? it will still have a crunch and you don't need much.

078293bd7f5f4d9776f66359f70f4d33

on September 17, 2011
at 12:36 PM

I'm not looking for something with a crunch, more like...the taste and texture of refried beans.

F1b82cc7e6d90384ad30007dd6c1b9e3

(1187)

on September 17, 2011
at 03:10 PM

maybe they will soften with a little cooking? don't know if carrots can match the taste of beans, the spices make the difference, of course my favorite beans are sweetened with sugar, i'm avoiding them of course.

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