A one-pot meal of chicken cooked with rice, peppers, corn, black beans, and lime.
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Creamy, well-seasoned beans pairs well with the earthy, tender kale on this fried tortilla.
For a meaty and flavorful twist on the classic Italian dish, add pancetta and smoky paprika. Even better, it's on the table in 30 minutes.
A vegan meal with a centerpiece of cannelloni stuffed with sauteed wild mushrooms and creamy sweet potato puree baked along with butter beans and braised escarole until crunchy and browned.
A basic refried bean recipe flavored with onion, garlic, jalapeño, and chipotle. 100% vegan.
Crispy home-made sope shells stuffed with refried beans drizzled with salsa verde and crunchy pepitas. A satisfying, completely vegan meal.
Another perfect small-kitchen, busy-life holiday dinner for two: individual roast birds smothered in garlic and rosemary, wrapped in crispy prosciutto, and served with all-Italian white beans.
These hearty vegan black and kidney bean cakes are spiked with chipotle and handfuls of sharp vegetables, cilantro, and lime, baked until crisp, and served on a bed of slaw. Charred avocado on top adds a bit of smoky, creamy flavor.
Fennel, swiss chard, and white beans in a creamy gratin scented with nutmeg and topped with cheesy breadcrumbs.
As a late-night snack, a light supper or even a quick snack, beans on toast make an ideal comforting meal when what you need is something warm in your stomach.
Make it a Tex-Mex burrito bowl night. Poached chicken with lime is piled deep with all the fixings. Go full or semi-homemade.
A tangy-sweet citrus glaze glams up turkey drumsticks, served alongside inky black beans.
A thick piece of cod, roasted with pennies of Spanish chorizo full of garlic and paprika, perched on a bed of cannellini beans toss in a basil-arugula pesto. All in one pot and twenty minutes.
At its core, a meal of frijoles needs nothing more than cooked seasoned red beans and rice, but from there it can grow in many directions. The greatest bean dinner is a fast-worthy plate called the bandeja paisa, and it reminds me of a full British breakfast in its makeup and extensive application of fried foods. Beans, rice, arepas, fried green or black plantains, avocado, a thin slice of grilled steak, deep fried pork rinds (known as chicharrones), a chorizo or two, a side of ají to sauce everything up, and a fried egg to top it off.
A kind of Mulberry Street rendition of cassoulet, this one-pot dinner for two is filled of garlicky sausage, creamy cannellini beans, rosemary, garlic, and broccolini. Rustic and hearty!
Rice and beans are served at every single meal in Nicaragua. It's either rice and beans, or riceandbeans, otherwise known as gallopinto ("red rooster," though friends and I used to call it "painted rooster" due to odd translations and plain old foolishness). The name alludes to the color of the mixture of white rice and small red kidney beans, which mirrors that of the king of the coop.
Fava beans are sweet, tender, and pleasantly starchy. When they're coated with a slick of olive oil, vinegar and garlic bits, the contrast between the sharp dressing and the mild greenness of the beans is really wonderful.
A simple, hearty spin on a classic: chunky grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with stewy shrimp full of white beans, white wine, a touch of butter, and even more garlic. Perfect for date night with someone you've been with for a long time...
As great as white bean salads are, they need a partner to make a full dinner. I've seen a few variations over the years, but I was particularly interested in this recipe from Leslie Glover Pendleton's Simply Shellfish, because it pairs the beans with squid.
Creamy gigante beans are tossed with a bright Meyer lemon vinaigrette and served over crunchy, toasted pain au levain.