Great Nutrition Made Delicious!
Having a supply of great bean recipes is an essential part of healthy quick eating.
Beans and other legumes are an excellent choice when you are looking for an easy, economical and healthy meal.
(What is a legume, anyway? It is a the fruit of a plant in the "Fabaceae family". Plants in this family produce pods that open along a seam on both sides. So, all beans are legumes - but so are lentils, peas, peanuts and more.)
Beans are full of protein, vitamins and minerals, low in fat and high in fiber. They are extremely economical, especially if you cook your own beans from scratch.
I used to be intimidated about cooking beans. I thought that there was something mysterious about them, and that only "real cooks" cooked their own beans. I finally mustered up my courage to cook beans from scratch, and quickly realized how easy it is.
Then you are ready to choose one of these wonderful bean recipes.
Bean dips and spreads make excellent appetizers! Serve them on crackers, dip raw veggies into them, or use them as sandwich filling! Either way, you'll be enjoying a high-fiber, high-flavor snack.
- Black Bean Hummus
is a twist on the traditional favorite. Black beans, cumin and lemon juice are a great mixture!
- Chickpea Hummus
is the traditional favorite! I like homemade hummus much more than any hummus I've ever bought.
- You can make
White Bean Dip
thin enough to drizzle on steamed veggies, or thick enough to use as a dip.
Salads and Side Dishes
These bean salads and side dish bean recipes are so substantial that they can be a main course! Pack them in your lunch for an easy and healthy mid-day meal.
These recipes for bean soup are all easy to make. Bean soup is a filling and comforting meal.
We have beans for supper once or twice a week. Beans are economical and nutritious - and with a good recipe, they are tasty too! I have so many main dish bean recipes that our diet is interesting and varied.
- Black Beans
My favorite beans are black beans, so it's no surprise that I have lots of
black bean recipes!
You might know chickpeas by another name: "garbanzo beans". Whatever you call them, they are full of fiber and nutrients.
- One of the great things about
Pasta with Marinated Chickpeas and Corn
is that you do all of the prep work in the morning. In the evening, just put on the pasta to cook. The chickpea sauce has been marinating all day and is so good!
- Kidney Beans
I used to think that kidney beans had just one role: in a pot of beef and tomato chili. I was wrong! Both red and white kidney beans are much more versatile than I knew. Try these great kidney bean recipes!
are a good choice when you need a quick meal. Unlike most other legumes, they don't need soaking before you cook them.
- Navy Beans
I don't know why these are called navy beans! They certainly aren't navy blue in color. They are small and white.
Slow Cooker Baked Beans
takes time - but almost no work! Put the beans and water in the crockpot the night before, drain the beans and add additional ingredients at noon, and enjoy an awesome meal at suppertime.
- Pinto Beans
I have a big sack of pinto beans at home, because pinto beans are so versatile! They are the "all purpose bean" in my house. Here are my favorite pinto bean recipes.
- Quesadilla Pie
looks and tastes fantastic! It's a good meal to serve to guests.
- Refried Beans
with rice, or rolled in a tortilla, makes a filling and easy supper. Homemade refried beans are vastly superior to the canned version I used to use.
- If you like baked beans, you will love
Tangy Baked Beans with Apple.
They are bursting with cheesy, savory deliciousness!
Really? Desserts made from beans? Yup.