By Isadora Baum
Affordable and versatile, black beans are a nutrient-dense pantry staple. It is always a good idea to have a can — or three — on hand for quick and easy weeknight meals. Turn them into soups and chilis, use them to add heft to salads, and stuff them in everything from peppers to lettuce-wrap tacos.
Here are 7 ideas to help you put those black beans to good use.
P.S. If possible, look for organic, low-sodium options and rinse well to get the most nutrition out of your canned beans.
Avocado and lime create a creamy, citrusy vinaigrette that tastes wonderful on the bed of beans. This is great for dinner when you want something simple and nutritious. Add cayenne pepper to kick the heat up a notch!
It takes less than a half hour to make this fragrant and filling black bean soup. Cumin and chipotle spice powder give it plenty of flavor, and there’s ample fiber and protein from the blend of beans, quinoa, and corn. Add some lime for a bit of zest.
Baking pepper halves to make tacos and cut the carbs is simple to do and you can make a big batch at once to keep on hand for ready-to-go weeknight meals. The beans work with the beef to pack in the protein and fiber, and they add that extra meaty texture you crave in a taco filling.
Hearty and delicious, this black bean soup has so much flavor and protein — and it’s ready in 35 minutes flat. The beans make up the bulk of the soup, along with some tomato sauce, and vegetable broth. Add some shredded cheese for some added protein, calcium, and savory notes.
This no-fuss skillet leans on black beans for heartiness. Avocado and Greek yogurt round it out, with creaminess and plenty of healthy fat and protein.
Our advice? Whip up a large pot so that you have something warming and filling for dinner throughout the week. Sweet potato adds natural sweetness, and you can pile on as many additional veggies as you like.
Ditch the taco shell and use lettuce to keep things low-carb and gluten-free.This vegetarian taco features black beans as the base, along with quinoa and corn, and it’s a great budget meal, too.