Bountiful Beans

Quinoa and Bean Sloppy Joes

Quinoa and Bean Sloppy Joes recipe

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→

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Mjeddrah (Rice and Lentil Pilaf)

mjeddrah (mujaddarah) Rice and Lentil Pilaf

A dish both simple and elemental, the lentils and rice cook together, taking on flavor and qualities greater than themselves. The rice and lentils soak separately before cooking, which brings the tenderness out in the rice and encourages the lentils, which normally require no presoaking, to keep their shape. We should all be so lucky. It’s traditionally topped with sautéed onions and makes a meal. Recipe and photo contributed by Ellen Kanner. more→

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Provençal Bean Stew

Provencal Bean PotThis meatless version of a rustic Provençal bean stew is sensual and satisfying. A fresh, crusty French baguette is perfect for soaking up its delicious broth. A bountiful tossed salad makes it a complete meal. more→

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Chickpea and Carrot Salad with Parsley and Olives

Chickpea salad with olives and parsley

This adaptation of a traditional Middle Eastern salad has a great combination of flavors and textures. I especially like it with Middle Eastern- or Spanish-themed meals; though it can be a nice foil for any mild-flavored dish, as well — try it with Pasta with Vegan Alfredo Sauce. more→

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Chickpea and Kale Sandwich Spread or Salad

Chickpea and kale sandwich spread recipe

Chickpeas and kale are a tasty team, and this combination makes a great spread for bread, or a filling for pita bread or a wrap with some tender lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Or, simply place a scoop of it on a bed of leafy greens or in a Bibb lettuce leaf, and garnish with tomatoes and/or black olives. more→

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Red Lentil Vegetable Soup with Nut Cream

Red Lentil Veg Soup linda long virgin veganNuts and lentils make this a protein and vitamin-packed soup. It’s simple, creamy, and comforting. Recipe and photograph from Virgin Vegan The Meatless Guide to Pleasing Your Palate** by Linda Long, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith Publisher, © 2013. more→

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Black Bean-Hemp Protein Patties

Black bean hemp protein burger by Julie Morris

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.
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Spinach, Artichoke, and Chickpea Salad

Spinach, chickpea, and artichoke salad

A feast of color and texture, this salad of baby spinach, embellished with other colorful veggies, is quick to prepare and a pleasure to serve. Serve it in larger portions as a main-dish salad, or in smaller portions as a substantial side salad. Delicious served with a pureed vegetable soup and some fresh bread. Photos by Rachael Braun.

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