My husband cooked a smoked ham on Saturday and then on Sunday he put some of the chunks of ham in the crock pot with two pounds of Navy beans. He also used the juice from the ham and added water to cook the beans for extra flavor. He cooked the pot of beans on high for eight hours...WOW they were really good! Then he made cornbread with a can of creamed corn added in the mix. For some reason we had not had white beans in a long time and these were extra good.
Navy beans got their name because of their staple-food status for the U.S. Navy during the early part of the 20th century. They are pea-sized, eggshell-white little legumes with a smooth, mellow flavor. They offer substantial benefits, says the World’s Healthiest Foods, to your circulatory system, blood sugar levels, brain function and energy level. So it’s probably a good idea to keep them on hand, right? Whether canned or dried, navy beans are super-easy to store, easy to prepare and can be served as a healthful side dish or used to enhance the flavor of soups and casseroles.