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What to Make With Canned Beans

As we are all practicing social distancing and stocking our pantries with nonperishables to avoid COVID-19, you might be wondering what to do with all those cans of beans you stocked up on. Pandemic or not, beans are great pantry staple and can be used in a variety of meals. I always have a variety of beans on hand for busy weeknights – kidney, black, garbanzo, navy, pinto – you name it. Dried beans are great too of course, they just take a little extra time to soak before using, whereas canned beans are ready to go. Just make sure you drain and rinse first.

Beans are an excellent source of plant-based protein, they are inexpensive, they have a long shelf-life, and they help decrease our overall meat consumption. Worried this increase in bean consumption will lead to an increase in flatulence? Don’t worry, here are five ways to avoid gas with beans.

Crack open a can and try one of these delicious bean recipes:

chickpea curry

Quick Chickpea Curry

Warm Indian spices make this quick and healthy dish taste complex and indulgent.

burrito bowl

Build Your Own Burrito Bowl

Beans and (brown) rice are the base for any great burrito bowl – and then add anything and everything you have on hand.

instant pot quinoa

Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa

Throw it all in the InstantPot for this easy one-pot meal.

Healthy and Easy Meal Prep: Greek Bowls

Make a batch on Sunday for lunches throughout the week (it also makes a great quick dinner!).

Quick Weeknight Dinner – Mexican Quesadillas

This is a throw-any-vegetables-in type of dish we love.

Healthy and Creamy White Bean, Lemon, and Kale Soup

The perfect creamy soup for cool nights (and makes great leftovers).

Air Fryer Spiced Chickpeas

Beans for a snack! These crunchy chickpeas make the perfect healthy snack.

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

A simple and versatile meal – the possibilities for stuffed sweet potatoes are endless.

Lemon Artichoke and Quinoa Salad

A refrigerator salad (i.e. doesn’t get limp or soggy) that works great as a side dish or as a light entrée. 

Instant Pot Vegetable Pulao (Indian Pilaf)

Another easy Instant Pot meal – authentic Indian food coming right up!

healthy bean salad

Three Bean Salad

This easy, light, and flavorful salad is perfect for lunch or as a side dish.

healthy lunch

Microwave Black Bean and Cheese Quesadilla

This quick lunch works well for the office or for working from home.

corn and bean salsa

Black Bean, Corn, and Tomato Summer Salsa

Fresh, tangy, and oh-so-good!

Do you have any favorite bean recipes to add to this list? Share in the comments below!

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