Beans for Beginners: 10 Easy Meals

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Wondering how to cook homemade meals with beans? Look no further! Beans are not only nutritious and versatile, but they also add a hearty touch to any meal. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or just starting, these tasty recipes will help you get started with the goodness of legumes!

15-Bean Vegetable Soup

2 bowls of 15-bean soup.
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What’s better than a bean? How about 15 beans? Look for a convenient 15 bean soup mix and then toss the seasoning packet for this plant-based recipe with less sodium.

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GET THE RECIPE: 15-Bean Vegetable Soup

Split Pea Soup with Bacon

A brown bowl on a woven mat, filled with split pea soup with bacon and croutons.
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Split peas are so convenient because they don’t have to be soaked before cooking. Enjoy this easy recipe with lots of flavor!

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Easy Mexican Pizza with Refried Beans

Mexican pizza topped with cheddar cheese, olives, and cilantro.
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Look for fat-free or vegetarian canned refried beans for an easy start to a meal. This recipe uses corn tortillas and veggies for a tasty gluten-free and vegan quick meal.

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Slow Cooker Vegan Chili

Bean chili in bowls with slice of lime,
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Let the slow cooker do the work in this simple recipe: made with convenient canned beans and tomatoes, it’s a great recipe for new cooks.

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Easy Spicy Lentil Chili

2 bowls of lentil chili on wooden cutting board.
Image credit: Melissa Altman-Traub for Melissa Traub Plant-Based Nutrition

Save time by making lentils the focus of your meal. Like split peas, lentils don’t have to be soaked first. Cook this fast an in Instant Pot, or in a slow cooker.

GET THE RECIPE: Easy Spicy Lentil Chili

Asian Cabbage Salad with Peanut-Lime Ginger Dressing

Large glass bowl with Asian cabbage salad with edamame, carrots, red peppers, peanuts, and green onions.
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Did you know that soybeans provide a complete source of protein? this salad combines edamame with napa cabbage, red pepper, carrots, green onions, and crunchy peanuts, all topped with a fresh peanut-lime ginger dressing: perfect as a side dish or a light meal.

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Vegan Mexican Breakfast Skillet

Vegan Mexican breakfast skillet with layers of corn tortillas and beans in a small nonstick skillet.
Image Credit: Melissa Altman-Traub for Melissa Traub Plant-Based Nutrition

This Mexican breakfast skillet, inspired by migas and chilaquiles, is a savory and flavorful recipe made with silken tofu and corn tortillas. It’s easy to make and gluten-free.

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Salad with Beans, Quinoa, Rice, and Pecans and Lemon-Herb Dressing

Bowl of beans, yellow peppers, cucumber, pecans, and quinoa with a fork.
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This refreshing salad features kidney beans, quinoa, rice, and pecans, for a satisfying meal. Adding cucumber and pepper gives it a refreshing crunch – ideal for lunch or dinner.

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Quick Pinto Bean Tostadas with Mango and Cilantro

Pinto bean tostada with mango and cilantro.
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These gluten-free pinto bean tostadas, topped with mango and cilantro, are a quick and nutritious option for a meal or snack. Enhanced with cumin, onions, and peppers, enjoy the crunch!

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One-Pan Pasta with Chickpeas and Tomatoes

One-pan pasta with chickpeas and tomatoes on bowl with lemon, rosemary sprig, and cherry tomato garnish and a fork.
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Pull dinner together quickly with nutritious chickpeas. One-pan pasta with chickpeas and tomatoes is an easy and delicious Mediterranean-inspired dish.

GET THE RECIPE: One-Pan Pasta with Chickpeas and Tomatoes

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