Tasty, Easy Bean Main Dishes
This is earthy stew of broccoli rabe, beans, and mushrooms is quick to prepare and is good served on its own in shallow bowls with crusty bread, or over pasta or polenta. Adapted from Wild About Greens (Sterling Publishing, ©2012) by Nava Atlas.
Here’s a vegan burger-style meal made simpler by the fact that you need not even shape and flip patties. Pinto beans and quinoa team up to make a tasty high-protein sloppy joe filling. Serve with baked potatoes or sweet potatoes, fresh corn on the cob, one of our potato salads or any of the tasty slaws in A Slew of Slaws. It’s particularly good with Cabbage, Apple, and Raisin Slaw (pictured, on the side of the sloppy joes. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
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.
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→
With the addition of sweet potatoes, this easy chili is filling and warming. Baking or microwaving the sweet potatoes ahead of time cuts down on both the preparation as well as the cooking time. Enjoy leftovers for a thermos lunch or subsequent dinners. Serve with stone-ground whole grain tortillas — they’re great for dipping into the chili, or even for grabbing some of it, soft taco style. Or, fresh corn bread is a wonderful companion as well. Serve with a simple salad or any of VegKitchen’s coleslaws and/or a side of sautéed greens or steamed broccoli. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→
Black beans are delicious prepared with lots of garlic. This is a great accompaniment to vegan quesadillas or soft tacos that don’t themselves contain beans; it’s also a fantastic filling for soft tacos. These also go nicely with most kinds of simple meals that needs a little protein boost.
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→
This simplified version of a popular Indian dish, chana masala, is a delightful way to showcase tasty chickpeas. The doesn’t usually contain green beans but they add color and texture to the dish. If you don’t have any on hand, or if you prefer, substitute a few ounces of fresh spinach or baby spinach. more→