I love the idea of cooking a pot of beans to have with all sorts of things later in the week like rice, tossed on top of salad, as a side, with cornbread, as taco filling, and everything else.
Here's the problem: inevitably, the next day I look at the beans in the refrigerator and kind of wince. They sit there until they eventually get thrown out (I can't freeze them) and I hate being so wasteful. I realized I just need a better recipe. I've tried adding all sorts of aromatics and spices willie-nilly but I almost always end up with something bland, bland, bland. I also don't want to add a ton of salt (but my cooking in general could certainly use a little more) because then I might as well just use canned.
I want to do better, anyone have a better approach? Give me your best bean recipes, tricks, and tips. Simple, complicated, or exotic- absolutely anything so long as it LEAVES OUT THAT DAMN HAM HOCK! Any kind of beans- black, pinto, navy, adzuki...variety is the spice life.