Tasty, Easy Bean Main Dishes

Garlicky Skillet Black Beans

Garlicky skillet black beans recipe

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.

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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

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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-Eyed Peas with Rice and Plantains

Black-Eyed Peas

This deliciously different dish of black-eyed peas and brown rice features plantains, which look like bananas and taste a bit starchier and less sweet. They’re very easy to cook. Boil them for about 5 minutes, or until the seams split open, peel, and cut into chunks. Recipe from The Oldways 4-Week Vegetarian & Vegan Diet Menu Plan, © 2014. more→

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Salsa Grain-and-Bean Pilaf

Salsa grain and bean pilaf recipe

If you want to dress up a simple grain-and-bean pilaf in an instant, a good-quality, prepared tomato salsa is the answer. This is truly an emergency dinner, but a hearty and healthy one, at that! Vary the type of grain and/or bean you use each time you make this, and serve it with a simple salad or coleslaw and a steamed vegetable like broccoli, or fresh corn on the cob. Adapted from The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet. more→

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Spanish Garbanzo Stew

Spanish Garbanzo (chickpea) stew

This classic recipe is easy and quick to prepare using good quality canned chickpeas (as we more commonly refer to garbanzos). Serve with fresh bread and a simple homemade coleslaw. Adapted fromVegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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BBQ-Flavored White Beans with Sausage and Spinach

Fresh spinach in a bowl

I will fully admit that this recipe combining vegan sausage, canned beans, and barbecue sauce 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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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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