Bean Recipes That Rock

Dinner,Featured Article,Healthy,Ingredient,Recipes
November 30, 2011

Lean, mean and full of protein and fiber, beans are a tasty, inexpensive dinner option.

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Canned white beans are nearly perfect as far as foods go: cheap, filling, rich in fiber and protein, and as versatile as they come.

Cannellinis, also known as White Kidney Beans, are our favorite—they’re larger and firmer than Great Northerns or Navy Beans, so they hold up better in salads, chilis and stews. And while simmering a pot of dried beans is a perfect weekend cooking project, there’s nothing to compare to the convenience of opening a can.

A 1/2-cup serving of canned cannellinis weighs in at just 80 calories, 0 grams fat, 6 grams protein, 18 grams carbohydrates, 7 grams fiber, and 380 milligrams sodium. To reduce the sodium, rinse and drain the beans before adding to your recipes.

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White Bean and Rosemary Crostini

Infused with aromatic rosemary, this white bean spread works on toasted baguette slices or with vegetable slicks.

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Lamb Shanks with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and White Beans

Lamb and tomatoes star in a hearty slow-cooker meal.

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Polenta with Eggplant, Tomatoes and White Beans

Meatless Monday Perfection—a bed of cheesy polenta soaks up the soupy goodness of veggie and white bean stew.

Shrimp Scampi with White Beans

This simple, quick scampi recipe adds a special twist with asparagus and white beans tossed with fettuccine.

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Warm Kidney Bean Salad

Try this tart bean salad as a side with barbecue pork, chicken or beef at your next grill-out.

Spicy Black Beans with Lime and Cilantro

Serve these black beans over rice, pasta or couscous or use as a burrito stuffing with cheese.

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Feijao (Brazillian Black Beans)

Tender, savory and succulent, these vegetarian black beans are a daily staple in Brazil and never fail to satisfy.

Great Northerns with Leeks and Bacon

Great Northerns with Leeks and Bacon

High-protein dried beans cook up to a great evening meal.

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