A can of beans + fresh ingredients = your easy dinner tonight, in 30 minutes or less
We like the robust flavor of red Swiss chard when paired with creamy, slightly sweet white beans. You could also make it with
green Swiss chard, which is milder, or spinach.
Recipe: Ruby Swiss Chard and White Bean Soup
These little cakes are a snap to make and, with the salad, create a great vegetarian entrée for fall.
Recipe: Squash and Chickpea Fritters with Winter Greens and Hazelnut Salad
Chorizo makes these velvety beans extra-rich and savory. If you're in a real rush (or don't want chorizo), just microwave
the beans, thinned with a bit of water, while you're making the huevos rancheros.
Recipe: Chorizo Refried Beans
We left the soup chunky with a clear broth, but you could easily purée it to create a smooth soup. Just don't skip the avocado
mixture, as it makes a refreshing contrast to the beans and spice.
Recipe: Black Bean Soup with Avocado, Orange, and Cucumber
Whole-grain bread and chickpeas add heft to the classic Italian bread salad.
Recipe: Chickpea Panzanella with Capers
This Mediterranean-inspired dip is the perfect appetizer for last-minute entertaining and a nice break from one of our other
favorite bean dips, hummus.
Recipe: Garlicky White Bean Dip
Good-for-you fish topped with an easy salad of nutty quinoa, earthy black beans, and fruity tomatoes makes for a super-simple,
Recipe: Tilapia with Quinoa and Black Beans
The orange vinaigrette brings out the delicate sweetness of Romanesco and cannellini beans.
Recipe: Romanesco Broccoli and Cannellini Bean Salad
We love black beans here in the West and this low-cal, tangy dish, based on a recipe in Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless, really makes them shine.
Recipe: Chicken Escabeche with Cilantro Black Beans
What's good about it: Puréed beans are, of course, low in fat. Tomatillos add vitamin C and so much flavor, you won't even
miss the usual cheese. Serve with baked tortilla chips.
Recipe: Black Bean Tomatillo Dip
This hearty, classic combo of greens and beans is especially satisfying on a cold winter night. Serve with crusty bread and
a green salad.
Recipe: Escarole and Cannellini Bean Stew
You'll find yourself turning to this simple salad of tender white beans and sweet shrimp often. You might want to taste the
dressing as you make it and adjust the quantity of harissa accordingly, though, since the heat varies by brand.
Recipe: Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Harissa Dressing