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Jan 13, 2011 07:37 AM

Bean Dishes Besides Stews?

I'm trying to eat less meat and maintain a good level of protein in my diet, so I'm eating lots of beans and lentils and I'm looking for some dish ideas. Most bean dishes seem to be either Soups or Stews or served over rice, which is fine but I'd like to add some variety to the types of dishes I'm making.

I've tried Falafel, Martha Stewart's Spicy Lentil-Walnut Burgers, and Chickpea & Tuna Salad. Know any interesting bean dishes?

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  1. I always keep a variety of burritos on hand, most of them based on refried beans of some sort. I recently made some with refried black beans, some marinara sauce, and mozzarella which were interestingly tasty (though I need to make the bean mixture a little thicker next time). Also, I recently did some black bean and sweet potato burritos, as well as pinto bean, rice, and barbecued turkey. (I know you said you were eating less meat, and this was "less" turkey - just not "no" turkey. ;-) Plus it was GOOD!) And really, it just this minute occurred to me that maybe corn (along with the bbq sauce) place of the turkey would be a good combination, too.

    1. Black Bean and Corn Salsa is really good served with corn chips or rolled into flour tortillas.

      Black Bean and Corn Salsa

      1 1/2 cups fresh corn -- cut from cob, or thawed frozen corn kernels
      1 cup canned black beans -- rinsed and drained
      1 medium sweet red pepper -- chopped
      1 jalapeno pepper -- seeded & finely chopped
      1 clove garlic -- pressed or minced
      2 tablespoons lime juice
      2 teaspoons fresh cilantro -- chopped
      1/4 teaspoon salt
      1/4 teaspoon pepper

      Cook corn in a small amount of boiling water for 4 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain and cool. Combine corn and remaining ingredients. Makes 4 cups of salsa.

      1. Have you searched this board for recipes? There are scores of ideas: http://www.chow.com/search?query=bean...

        1. I love beans, I was looking through an 2010 (I think) Bon Apetit magazine yesterday and found a recipe I can't wait to try. There are only two or three minor changes or additions I should say that I'm going to make and that is to add a little chicken broth to the black bean sauce, and then top with scallions, cilantro, oh, and add avocado to the mango salsa.

          The recipe is for stuffed poblano chiles with black beans sauce and mango salsa. I thought this sounded so different, my salsas normally to a dish like this would be tomatoes and onlions etc., you know the more traditional pico de gallo, but I'm liking fruit more and more in my savory dishes. I'd probably use a few serrano chiles in the sauce or somewhere. What's nice its one of those recipes you can add or subtract a few ingredients as you wish or as your dietary needs require.

          Let me know if you'd care for the recipe... sharon.

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            1. re: Zusie

              if you have no objection to the slightly tedious job of roasting chiles.

              3 Cheese Stuffed Poblano Chiles with Black Bean Sauce & Mango Salsa
              Black Bean Sauce
              1 onion minced
              3 cloves garlic chopped fine
              1 1/2 cup Black Beans ( the recipes doesn't say, canned or cooked from dry I'll make my own from dry.
              1Tchipoltle peppers chopped
              Blend till smooth.
              1 cup of cream (this is where I'll use chicken broth, and less cream)
              After its warmed all the way through then add the broth, and cream to taste for desired consistency.

              Mango Salsa
              2 mangos \ this sounds like alot, I'd probably use one
              1 red onion
              1 tomato
              1 bunch clean cilantro
              salt and pepper

              Stuffed Poblano Chiles
              4 chiles roasted, peeled, and deseeded chiles
              1 cup Monterey, 1 cup cheddar -original recipe (I'm going to mix Fontina, Monterey&Cheddar)

              Blend the black bean sauce and veggies, etc. til smooth. Put this all into a saute pan, and heat through, then add the chicken stock a little at a time for tastes, and add your cream last.

              Cube the Mango in small cubes, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro last and toss, lightly dress with lemon juice and olive oil, salt and pepper

              Roast and peel the poblanos, deseed for stuffing.
              4 peppers, cleaned and cut open, grate the cheese, stuff inside the peppers, lay into a baking dish. Heat at 350 F til heated through, then serve in a shallow soup bowl, with the bean sauce served over and around the chiles, the mango salsa on the side.
              Top with scallions and cilantro and perhaps a little crema.

          1. Salads with black beans, steak fajitas, and fresh garden greens tomatoes, etc.. Omg, this has to be one of my favorite salads! There's not a recipe just add your beans either hot or cold, salad greens, or cabbage, steak or chicken fajitas, tomatoes, onions, scallions, cilantro, make a salsa with that packs a whollop, lime creama, and avocado or guacamole. Totally satisying for lunch or dinner.