10 Times Beans Saved Dinner

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You know what they say — give a cook a can of beans and they can make tacos, stuffed pitas, burgers, and salad for dinner. Okay so they don’t say that, but they might as well, given how many times beans — canned or cooked from dry — make dinner possible on even the most hectic nights. A miracle meal, indeed.

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To ensure your salad is dinner-worthy, you’ve got to add in some heft. Crispy, pan-cooked chickpeas bring extra fiber and protein to make this salad satisfying.

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Having a can of beans in the pantry means a quick bean and veggie fritter is only a handful of ingredients away. Here, zucchini is added to fill things out, but any squash would really do.

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A tomato salad alone does not a dinner make, but add in some pan-fried chickpeas and a fried egg and suddenly you have a supper you can feel good about.

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To be fair, you could make these tacos with any bean you’d like, but black beans are our top pick, given how well they play with the warmth of cumin. White beans would be a tasty option as well.

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We’ve got a serious crush on Caesar salad so we looked for all the ways to bring this flavor combination to other dishes we love. A white bean burger was one of our favorite renditions, complete with the salty bite of anchovies.

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We like to make these freezer-friendly vegan sandwiches for breakfast, but there’s nothing about them you wouldn’t enjoy for dinner.

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You read that right — nuggets made from chickpeas. Along with oats and panko, these nuggets are great for situations where allergies are a concern. You can make them gluten-free by ensuring the oats and panko meet those requirements.

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You’re going to have to get out the hot oil to make the best falafel at home, but the results are 100 percent worth it. These crispy balls stuffed into a pita make dinner at home feel special.

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Canned beans make the standard cheese quesadilla far more filling, and the addition of spinach adds something green to the plate.

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Adding sweet potatoes in with chickpeas makes these veggie patties incredibly flavorful. The trick is to grate the sweet potatoes while they’re uncooked to ensure the mixture sticks together, as excess moisture makes them tricky to flip.

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