Tasty, Easy Bean Main Dishes

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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Avocado and Bean Tostadas

avocados and limes

These bean enchiladas are given a lovely rich flavor with ripe avocado. They make for a perfect meal for the family or a small dinner party.  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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Chickpeas with Tomatoes and Ginger

Chickpeas And Tomatoes with ginger

This tasty stew of chickpeas and tomatoes, flavored with lots of ginger, is vegan, wheat-free, 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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Barbecue-Flavored Baked Beans

Barbecue baked beans

The subtly sweet and tart flavors of this baked bean dish make it homey and comforting. This is delicious served with fresh cornbread or fresh rye bread. Add some simply prepared greens (kale, collards, or chard), broccoli, or green beans. A colorful salad completes the meal. more→

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Refried Pinto Beans (Frijoles Refritos)

Refried Pinto Beans

Few dishes are more basic to southwestern cuisine than the beloved Frijoles, or refried pinto beans. A good helping of them is a standard sight at lunch, dinner, and sometimes even breakfast. Here’s a simple vegan preparation (though they’re no longer  prepared with lard as often as they once were, still, take care to ask if you have them in a restaurant). Serve alongside the southwestern egg dishes in tortilla specialties that don’t themselves contain beans, such as Stacked Squash and Bell Pepper Enchiladas. more→

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