Dry Bean Scene

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association is launching a new video, featuring farmers, processors and researchers to tell the story of dry edible beans and those who grow and consume them. Hear more about the video in the latest Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Whip Up Some White Bean Gravy

Turkey and gravy are the perfect combination for any holiday feast! With less fat and plenty of fiber, white bean gravy is a rich, savory and nutritious option for your holiday table. Plus, adding some sage and thyme put this gravy recipe over the top in the flavor department. Get the recipe.

Trade Mission Reveals Future Opportunities with Turkey

Trade dynamics with Turkey can be challenging and influenced by numerous variables. The U.S. Dry Bean Council is optimistic about reports from a trade delegation that returned from Turkey last week, confirming that contacts remain strong, as does interest in purchasing U.S. dry beans. Turkey’s own domestic dry bean production has been declining over the past decade, while consumption remains strong. A stronger currency means that Turkish buyers are now in a good position to purchase high quality U.S. dry beans this year and beyond. This is traditionally a market for white beans and garbanzos. Read more.

Warm Up With Soup

Cream-style soups are a favorite for warm, soothing meals on cold winter nights. The addition of a cup or two of cooked beans can stretch canned or homemade soup into a complete, protein-rich meal in just minutes. Stir a can of drained, rinsed white beans into tomato soup or try pinto beans added to cream of celery soup. Check out these soup recipes.

Wash It Out

Reducing sodium can be as easy as swilling out your beans! Draining and rinsing canned beans can reduce their sodium content by more than 40 percent, but taking just a few extra minutes is key to getting the most benefit.
  • First, drain the beans in a colander for two minutes. 
  • Then rinse the beans under cool running water for 10 seconds.
  • Let them drain for another two minutes.
The reduced-sodium beans are ready to use in any favorite recipe. Check out the details here

New Month, New Recipes

Jump start your holiday cooking with bean-inspired recipes from the Culinary Institute of America! Warm your home with classic and comforting family favorites like Mac & Cheese with Cannellini Beans or Sausage and White Bean Soup. Better yet, save time with convenient “bowl recipes” including a Fish Taco and Pinto Bean Bowl and BLT Bowl. Learn more about how the Northarvest Bean Growers Association is working with the Culinary Institute of America here.

Baked Beans and Tomato Cupcakes

Beans and cupcakes? You heard right! We were shocked at how good these are. While adding beans to baked goods might not make them guilt-free, it’s a fun way to boost fiber and protein intake. Why not give this prize-winning recipe a try?

Be Tailgate-Ready with Beans

Cowboy Caviar is the crowd-pleaser with a funny name, but did it really start with cowboys? First served at the Houston Country Club on New Year’s Eve in the early 1940s, this bean salad was dubbed “Texas Caviar” in a humorous comparison to true caviar. Today it’s more commonly known as Cowboy Caviar and it’s a popular dish to serve as at picnics and tailgate parties, often with tortilla chips.
 
The recipe is so forgiving that you can pull this together for a party with whatever you have on hand. To make Cowboy Caviar, combine one can each of drained black beans, pinto beans, and corn. Add chopped tomatoes, chopped sweet onions and avocado cubes. Dress with oil and vinegar or bottled Italian dressing along with salt and pepper to taste. Get the recipe.

Bakes Beans with Apples

Why not take your love for fresh fall apples beyond pie? Celebrate National Apple Month by adding apples to your favorite baked bean recipe or by indulging in an easy baked bean casserole.

Apples lend both tart and sweet aspects to bean dishes. Chop any type of apple and add it to your favorite baked bean recipe or try this easy one-dish baked casserole. Baked beans are an American classic. This updated version is perfectly balanced with sweetness from the molasses and brown sugar, smokiness from the bacon, and a bit of acid from the onion, mustard, and tomato paste. Using two different colors of beans creates a more visually appealing dish.

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A Fast and Fabulous Dinner Option

Don’t waste precious time! Dinner can really be both fast and fabulous. Even with just three ingredients, three-ingredient curried beans with cauliflower mirrors the flavors of a meal cooked from scratch. Get the recipe.