Main Dishes featuring Grains and/or Beans

Provençal Bean Stew

Provencal Bean Stew

This meatless version of a rustic Provençal stew, made with white beans, is sensual and satisfying. A fresh, crusty French baguette is perfect for soaking up its delicious broth. A bountiful tossed salad makes it a complete meal. more→

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Black Bean-Hemp Protein Patties

Black bean hemp protein burger by Julie Morris

These patties are packed with premium protein, essential fatty acids, iron, calcium, fiber, and trace minerals, and won’t contribute one bit to heart disease or diabetes, like animal-derived burgers do. Perfectly aligned spices celebrate three plant-based protein sources: black beans, hemp seeds, and quinoa. Recipe and photo contributed by Julie Morris. Reprinted with permission from Superfood Kitchen: Cooking with Nature’s Most Amazing Foods.* © 2012 by Julie Morris, Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
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Polenta with Black Beans and Spinach

Polenta with Black Beans and Spinach

Prepared polenta provides an easy way to add variety to the dinner repertoire. I often use it sliced and sautéed as a side dish, but occasionally, it will become an intrinsic part of a recipe, as it is here, topped with a simple combination of black beans and spinach. Look for this kind of polenta in natural foods stores, as well as in supermarket Italian or gluten-free foods sections. This is also nice as a change-of-pace hot appetizer. Adapted from Vegan Express by Nava Atlas. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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Lentils with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Stewed lentils with spinach and bell pepper

Since my family loves lentils, I keep a few cans of organic canned lentils on hand to use when we want a meal with this nourishing legume in a hurry. If you prefer to cook your own, the dish will also come together in a snap if you have them cooked ahead of time. To make this dish a little fancier, try using beluga lentils. There diminutive, gleaming black lentils contrast attractively with the greens and dried tomatoes. Green or brown lentils will taste just as good, though they’re not as pretty. This is great served with Cauliflower Rice Pilaf, Quinoa with Cauliflower, Cranberries, and Nuts, or another grain dish, plus a simple salad.
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Hummus and Quinoa Wraps

Hummus and quinoa wrap recipe

This hummus and quinoa wrap, embellished with fresh and dried tomatoes and leafy greens is chock-full of flavor and protein. Once you have your quinoa cooked (actually, this is a good use for leftover quinoa), this comes together in minutes for an easy dinner or to take along to school or work for lunch. Serve with any sort of soup, a potato dish, salsa and chips, fresh corn — wraps go with most anything! more→

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Skillet Black Beans with Potatoes and Tortillas

skillet black beans with potatoes and tortillas

Here’s a hearty skillet dish that combines black beans, potatoes, and tortillas with lively southwestern flavors. If you have the potatoes done ahead of time, it’s a meal that can be on the table in 30 minutes. Serve with garlicky sautéed greens and a big salad. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook more→

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Thai Chickpea Almond Curry

Dreena Burton's Thai Chickpea-Almond curry

While this bakes, you will be enchanted with the aromatic mingling of nutty coconut sauce infused with lime, ginger, and curry. It is a deeply flavorful dish that is also almost effortless in preparation. Everything comes together lickety-split and you have an exotic bean entrée to serve over rice. Recipe reprinted from Let Them Eat Vegan* by Dreena Burton (Da Capo, ©2012), by permission. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Black Bean Sloppy Joes

Black Bean Sloppy Joes

These black bean sloppy joes are a go-to recipe that you can make even when you’re at the tail end of a wearisome day. It’s delicious with a big salad or coleslaw and baked sweet potatoes or, if time or patience aren’t an issue, Potato or Sweet Potato Oven “Fries.” Recipe and photo contributed by April Jones. more→

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