11 Fresh & Flavorful Ways to Turn Beans Into Dinner

11 Fresh & Flavorful Ways to Turn Beans Into Dinner

Sheela Prakash
Sep 29, 2018
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Beans are a year-round staple in my book. I especially love them in the summer, though, when I can easily pop open a can and turn them into a simple, no-sweat dinner in no time at all. These 11 recipes are light and fresh, but definitely don't skimp on flavor. They also help you use up those white beans, black beans, and chickpeas that are tucked away in your pantry.

1. One-Pot Tomato Chickpeas and Orzo

The orzo cooks right in the pot of simmering tomato sauce, which not only means there's less to clean up but the dish is also extra creamy because some of the pasta's starch leaches into the sauce.

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2. Tomato & Feta White Bean Salad

This simple salad gets a jolt of flavor from lots of salty feta and bright, fresh chopped parsley. It's satisfying on its own, but it's also great piled on toast.

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3. 10-Minute Black Bean Tacos

Yes, you really can have dinner on the table in 10 minutes if you simmer a can of black beans with spices and pile the mixture into tortillas topped with your favorite fixings.

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4. Spicy Shrimp Skillet with Tomatoes and White Beans

They'll be plenty of spicy broth at the bottom of this skillet, so definitely serve it with plenty of crusty bread on the side to soak it all up.

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5. Spicy Salmon Black Bean Salad

Hot smoked salmon is the secret to adding more flavor to just about anything. Here it adds smoky, meaty depth to this extra-quick black bean salad.

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6. Zucchini-Chickpea Fritters with Red Onion Jam

It's worth making a double batch of these crunchy fritters, since leftovers reheat well and are great tucked into pita for a simple lunch.

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7. Spinach, White Bean, and Taleggio Pizza

White beans may seem like an odd pizza topping, but they really do add a bit of heft and creaminess that might convince you otherwise.

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8. Mediterranean Chickpea and Feta Wraps

When you're not really in the mood to turn your oven or stove on, let these colorful wraps be your friend. A mix of yogurt, feta, dill, garlic, and lemon juice add a punch of creamy flavor to each bite.

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9. Caesar White Bean Burgers

These Caesar salad-inspired bean burgers lean on Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, anchovy paste, lemon juice, and plenty of Parmesan cheese to ensure every bite is exciting.

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10. Roasted Carrot and Chickpea Salad

Simmering the chickpeas in a mix of fresh orange juice, garlic, and coriander on the stovetop is an easy way to give them life after all that time hiding in a can.

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11. Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup

While you definitely don't have to make the chipotle ketchup for these burgers, it's actually super easy to make and really does make this dinner stand out.

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