All Kinds of Beans for Dinner
Cook a fast meal with a can of beans
Simple DInner Meals with a Can of Beans
A can of beans is all you need to make many simple dinner meals which may include, a healthy salad, a main course, soup or appetizer. There are many different meals you can concoct with a can of different beans--to include: black, white northern, garbanzo and pinto. Normally I like to cook beans from scratch and cook up a big batch, but if you are in a hurry and don't have the time just open a can. I always keep all types of canned beans around for a quick and nutritious appetizer or as part of a meal. Beans are inexpensive, healthy and good to eat. So start experimenting by creating different tastes with seasonings and ingredients.
Make Quick and Easy Soup with Beans
Simple dinner meals include cooking this soup in minutes to enjoy a quick but nutritious meal.
Use either black beans or white northern beans for this soup.
Open two cans of beans and drain throughly through a strainer to rid all the liquid in the can. Set the beans aside.
Saute with sesame seed or grape seed oil a variety of vegetables you may have in the fridge. Cook the veggies until tender. Good veggies are:
Boil two quarts of water or chicken stock or half water and half chicken stock. When the water is boiled add the veggies and beans. Season with garlic powder, season salt, basil and oregano.
Variations on the Soup:
Add one or two of the following:
- Brown rice
- Canned tomatoes
- Canned tomato sauce
- Left over chicken or beef
The soup will take a total of 40 minutes and dinner is ready.
Make A Dip with Any Beans
Make a Quick Dip
Drain either black beans, white beans, pinto beans or garbanzo beans. Put one can of either of these beans in the blender and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and your choice of spices to go with the beans. Some of my favorite spices are oregano, basil, curry or thyme. Blend until smooth and serve with crackers or veggies.
Make An Easy Vegetarian Dinner
Cook up brown rice or whole grain pasta. Drain either a can of white beans, pinto beans or black beans in a separate pot with a little olive oil for about ten minutes--until hot. Add chopped parsley, oregano, basil and a pinch of cinnamon to the beans, and serve over either rice or pasta. Add salt, pepper and grated cheese to taste.
Other Veggies to Add
Make A Salad with Beans
Make a vegetable salad with all your favorite veggies such as:
Make a salad dressing of 1/4 cup of olive oil, two tablespoons of cider vinegar, two tablespoons of water and basil, oregano, thyme, season salt, pepper to taste. Put in a sealed jar and shake briskly.
Pour a can of drained black, white, garbanzo or pinto beans over the salad. Add the salad dressing over the top of the salad. Check the fridge for any leftover chicken or beef to add to the salad for one of many tasty easy dinner meals.
A few other suggestions:
Make a salad of black beans, tomatoes and chopped canned jalapeno peppers. Add some cilantro, garlic powder and cumin. You can serve this combination over lettuce.
Try the combination of garbanzo beans with tomatoes, green peppers, black olives and feta cheese for a different tasting salad. Season with oregano, thyme and tarragon. Add salt and pepper to taste
Make a salad with pinto beans, green olives, red peppers and cucumbers.
Get inventive and try almost any combination of veggies and beans.
There are so many simple dinner meals you can make with different canned beans.