Tasty, Easy Bean Main Dishes
One of my favorite things about Paris—after the museums, the streetscapes, the Seine, the style, the beauty, and so on—are the green beans. Yes, you read that right. Parisian green beans are ubiquitous, and always served perfectly ripe and tender-crisp. Here at home, perfect green beans seem to be available only for a month or so in the summer. This dish is a nice way to highlight them during that brief window; however, I’m so fond of it, that I use frozen green beans so I can make this regularly. I highly recommend using organic whole baby green beans, if you can find them; otherwise, French-cut beans will do. Read More→Print This Post
Keep a few cans of organic canned lentils handy to use when you want to make a meal with this nourishing legume in a hurry. To make this dish a little fancier, try using beluga lentils — these small, gleaming black lentils contrast attractively with the spinach and dried tomatoes. Read More→Print This Post
This colorful, subtly sweet-sour bean dish provides a nice contrast to mild pasta, potato, or grain dishes.Print This Post
I will fully admit that this recipe screams “emergency dinner!” But it’s spicy, hearty, high in protein, and best of all, ready for the table in about 20 minutes. Some nights, you need a main dish like that, and this one never disappoints. Read More→Print This Post
Curry-scented chickpeas perch prettily atop a bed of chutney-flavored grains (you can use either quinoa, bulgur, or couscous, making for an appealing grain-and-legume combination. Adapted from Vegan Express.Print This Post
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.
Black beans are delicious with lots of garlic. This is a great accompaniment to vegan quesadillas or soft tacos that don’t themselves contain beans, or any simple meal that needs a little protein boost.Print This Post