Tasty, Easy Bean Main Dishes

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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Noodles with Garlicky Black Bean Sauce

Savory seasoned black beans make a delightful sauce for tender noodles. more→

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Avocado and Bean Enchiladas

These enchiladas make for a perfect meal for the family or a small dinner party. This recipe is from Vegetariana* by Nava Atlas. more→

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BBQ-Flavored White Beans with Sausage and Spinach

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. more→

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Lentils with Spinach and Dried Tomatoes

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. more→

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Dilled Red Beans with Pickled Beets

fresh and dried dill

This colorful, subtly sweet-sour bean dish, embellished with the surprising flavor of pickled beets, provides a nice contrast to mild pasta, potato, or grain dishes.

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Black Bean Tostadas

A tostada is a crisp tortilla piled generously with any variety of toppings, often including beans, crisp lettuce, and salsa. Good accompaniments are: a grain salad or grain dish; baked potatoes or sweet potatoes; or fresh corn on the cob. Add a salad and/ a green veggie, you’ve got an easy weeknight meal or fun quick fare to serve company.  more→

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Chickpeas with Tomatoes and Ginger

Chickpeas

This tasty stew of chickpeas and tomatoes is vegan, wheat-free, corn-free, heart smart, low fat, and best of all, delicious! Recipe from Taste Life! Organic Recipes* (2002) by Leslie Cerier. Reprinted by permission of Square One Publishers. more→

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