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Apr 5, 2008 04:06 AM

Can of beans...your favorite recipe using one

I'm trying to increase my fiber intake. What is your favorite recipe using one can of beans of any kind.


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  1. Minestrone...preferably garbanzo beans. Google the benefits of lentils. They're cheap in dry form, do not need presoaking, and can be used in many dishes.

    1. How about an easy bean salad? Drain and rinse a can of white beans and add finely chopped onion and celery. Dress with vinaigrette or a salad dressing of your choice. You can throw in olives, artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes--whatever is in your 'fridge condiment collection, then a sprinkle of parsley or other complimentary herbs. It's pretty basic, but can be served chilled or at room temperature.

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      1. re: comestina

        i love a good bean salad as favorite is a can of garbanzo beans and a can of black beans rinsed and drained. then tossed w/ chopped red onion, chopped garlic, salt, basil, oregano, celery salt, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. let sit for 15 minutes or more and enjoy.

        1. re: soypower

          Oooh! That sounds both attractive and delicious! I have another--drained and rinsed black beans, chopped fresh garlic (to taste, but I like lots), undrained small jar of chopped pimientos, and olive oil. Mix together and let meld. Serve at room temperature over hot rice and feel free to garnish with avocado. Truthfully, when I make this I don't use just one can of beans because it's so darn addictive.

        2. re: comestina

          you can throw some tuna fish in this as well...

          1. re: comestina

            I make this salad with tuna fish.

          2. A Frito pie. Fritos (or corn chips if the idea of Fritos is off putting.), a can of hot pinto beans , smothered w/ hot beanless chile w/ grated cheese and diced onions on top. Or mash garbanzos (chick peas) w/ mustard or your fave. sauce and slather on good bread, top w/ a slice of tomatoe and onion.

            1. Spanish chicken with chorizo and chickpeas (garbanzo beans) is probably my all-time favourite. I find chorizo goes very well with pulses of all types and a little goes a long way because it's so highly flavoured. I'm making Red Kidney Beans Baked with Chorizo, Chilli, Garlic and Olive Oil for tonight's dinner. (From COTM - Second Helpings of Roast Chicken).

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              1. re: greedygirl

                I second your chicken with chickpeas and chorizo. It's absolutely delicious.

                1. re: jhopp217

                  I have started making this dish with Soyrizo for my vegetarian friends. Very good--the soyrizo crumbles and really infuses the chickpeas.

              2. Black beans rinsed and drained (approx. 1/2-3/4 c. or to taste) - chop a tomato and 1/2 avocado, and add evoo, sherry vinegar, salt & pepper to taste - mix and eat!