Healthy Blondies

Are you asking yourself why these blondies are called “healthy”? The secret ingredient is garbanzo beans! This may sound strange, but you can’t taste the actual beans in these blondies. They still have a little butter, sugar, eggs, and flour, but less of the bad stuff. The beans give them a moist, chewy consistency while the other ingredients mask the taste. Adding beans and blending them into the blondie batter is a great way to add fiber and protein to […]

World’s Best Vegetarian Chili

There’s a time and a place for 30-minute beef chili: a weeknight when you just want to throw something in a pot and have a warming and pretty delicious meal in a matter of minutes. And then there’s a time and a place for those more lazy afternoons watching football when you can also make the World’s Best Vegetarian Chili and bake homemade cornbread to boot. That’s not really my designation; this is a recipe adapted from Cook’s Illustrated called the “Best Vegetarian […]

Fiesta Bean Dip

this festive bean dip! Okay, it’s only festive because we’re eating it today, but that absolutely still counts! By adding a few simple ingredients, you can turn a boring can of refried beans – or better yet, fresh-made beans quickly mashed over high heat – into the best bean dip ever! All you need is a can of refried beans, sour cream, cumin and chili powder. After blending all in your Magic Bullet, transfer to your serving dish and heat up in the […]

Indian-Style Three Bean Dal

I guess I must be exploring a theme, because this month, I’ve been making and eating a ton of bean dishes that are a bit like chili (in that they are warming and delicious), but that also happen to take advantage of totally different flavor profiles. Even better if they’re quick and easy and cheap, like this dish is. This recipe, adapted from Food and Wine magazine, uses a bunch of clever tricks to pack a lot of Indian flavor […]

Herbed White Bean Rainbow Chard Thyme Pepita Parmesan Bowl

This is an easy spring bowl with simple flavors, beans and greens. White beans are tossed in herbs and lightly roasted, rainbow chard is wilted with garlic and chili, fresh juicy tomatoes and a generous sprinkling of the herbed nutritional yeast crumble, which tastes like parmesan. A dash of lemon juice and optional EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) round out the recipe for an amazingly fresh and seasonal meal. Allergen Information: Free of dairy, egg, corn, soy, and nut. Can […]

12 Vegetarian Proteins to Add to Your Meals

It’s no secret, meat is full of protein and humans need a certain amount of protein in their daily diet. Does that mean we have to eat meat? NO! There are tons of plant-based, vegetarian-friendly protein options that are not only chock-full of the nutrients we need to function optimally, but they’re actually really tasty! No, we’re not kidding! Give one of these a try next time you’re looking to beef up your protein options without the beef.

Black Bean Soup

I recently discovered an exciting new soup recipe! It is a black bean soup, which sounds boring at first, but there are many ingredients that make it incredibly flavorful and delicious. This soup is great for lunch because it’s really filling and will give you the energy you need to get through the rest of your day. I like to serve it with a dollop of sour cream, fresh cilantro and tortilla chips. If you like your soups on the […]

Before You Know It Bean Dip

Not all bean dip comes out of that creepy little can! You can make hearty, delicious, all-natural bean dip in just seconds.   Black Bean Dip Ingredients 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained 1/4 of a medium-sized onion (about 1/4 cup) 1-2 cloves garlic 1/4 cup roasted red peppers 1/4 cup (fat-free) chicken or vegetable broth 2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar dollop of sour cream (optional) cayenne pepper to taste (optional) Instructions Drain most of the liquid out of the […]

White Bean Bruschetta

Another bean post?! I really have come a long way, haven’t I Mom? This spread, though. Let me tell you. It’ll make you a believer. A bean believer. A bean-liever. Yeah I just went there. The best part about this bruschetta though is that it is absolutely perfect for summertime BBQs. It’s simple and it’s quick and when you brush bread with olive oil and then put it on the grill, something magical happens. When you top that magical bread […]

The Hummus Among Us

I used to be a hummus-hater. Seriously. Honestly, I used to hate every kind of bean, period. I wouldn’t touch chili with a ten-foot pole. Burritos were filled with only meat, rice and cheese. I was basically a weirdo. Luckily, I have since had a change of heart, and thanks to a del taco 79¢ bean and cheese burrito in high school, I have risen above my bean-eschewing ways. Refried beans and I are now the best of friends, and […]