Boston Baked Beans

Bostonians were eating slow-baked beans in molasses since the Colonial days and in the early 20th century the city earned its nickname as Beantown. For a touch of all-American tradition, try this recipe for authentic Boston Baked Beans from The Spruce. Discover the recipe here

Summer Confetti Salad

Ingredients:
  • Green bell pepper
  • Red bell pepper
  • Tomato
  • Mango
  • Green onion
  • Cilantro
  • Corn
  • Green chilies
  • Cumin
  • Limes
  • Black beans
Making this delicious and fresh summer confetti salad is as easy as 1, 2, 3! You’ll definitely want to whip up a batch of this cowboy caviar for your weekly meal plans. It’s quick and easy. Once it’s in the jars, you are all set for a grab and go lunch option.
  1. Chop and dice veggies.
  2. Squeeze the limes, drain and rinse the corn and beans.
  3. Combine all ingredients and mix.

Patriotic Party Dip

When you are throwing a party or celebration for a larger group, something that is always popular and feeds a lot of people is a layered dip. Plus you can pack on the beans and veggies! The layers of this dip were chosen because it looks like an American flag. However, if you want your dip to resemble something different, there are so many options. This is a really fun Patriotic Party Dip Recipe for a 4th of July celebration and adds to your decor (until people eat it!) Get the recipe.

Mediterranean Bean Salad

Packed with protein-rich beans, crunchy summer vegetables and cool, fresh mint, this salad is a one-dish supper for evenings when it’s too hot to cook. Just toss the ingredients together in a large bowl and stir in the dressing. If you don’t have capers on hand, substitute chopped green olives or dill pickles.
 
Salad:
  • 3 15-ounce cans of any beans (use several types if you like), drained and rinsed
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 small cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup chopped red or sweet onions
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 10 fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
 
For the dressing:
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper

Pork and Bean Bread

This recipe doesn’t taste like you would imagine. It’s a huge hit with everyone who has tried it. It has a great flavor, and it is wonderful when its warmed with butter on it. No one will guess that this dessert bread is packed with fiber and protein from canned beans. Best part is you most likely already have these ingredients in your pantry. Discover the recipe here.

BeanCon21 Website is Live

BeanCon21 is set for March 2-4, 2021 in Las Vegas. This is a first of its kind global conference on everything beans, focusing strongly on innovation. Also, it will be a one stop shop for buyers and sellers. Additional information is available at beancon21.com.

The Perfect Picnic Side

As the temperatures rise, fuss-free dishes like this pasta and bean salad are just right for supper on the deck or patio. Make it in the morning to allow the flavors to develop – and so that you don’t need to think about supper until it’s time to eat.
 
Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces rotini pasta, cooked
  • 3 15-ounce cans of any beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ cups frozen or canned corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Red pepper flakes to taste (start with ¼ tsp)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, beans, and corn.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together the salad dressing, mayonnaise, and red pepper flakes until well mixed.
  3. Stir into the pasta salad.
  4. Add salt, pepper, and additional red pepper to taste.

USDBC Completes COVID-19 Global Consumer Survey

The U.S. Dry Bean Council commissioned a study from Rose Research to better understand the effect the COVID-19 pandemic is having on consumer attitudes, perceptions and behavioral practices towards dry beans in some of our export markets. Specifically, the following areas of investigation were measured and included behavioral patterns from six months ago, currently and six months from now:
  • Purchase frequency
  • Outlets purchasing from
  • Amount spent in a typical month
  • Types of dry beans purchased
  • Purchase intent
The study also looked at whether changes made to shopping habits will continue in the future and the best way to promote dry beans now. A total of 3,771 interviews were completed online, from China, Europe/EU and Mexico.
 
The study concluded that the COVID-19 pandemic will have long-term impacts on consumer behavior around the world, as many of the consumers indicate that the changes that they’re making today will stay with them. According to the study, dry beans have a number of opportunities to position for success now and in the future. Consumers are more apt these days to be looking for products with a longer shelf life, while alternative sources of protein are also in demand – two key attributes that can potentially differentiate dry beans from other food products/ commodities. The full study with detailed questionnaire results and charts per region is available to USDBC members upon request.

Jazz Up Canned Baked Beans

When you don’t have time to cook from scratch, canned baked beans are a welcome convenience. Give them a little extra pizazz and your own creative homemade twist with any of the following additions.

  • Adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers
  • Sautéed onions and a dash of dry mustard
  • Honey and Dijon mustard
  • Freshly grated ginger
  • Peach preserves
  • Splash of bourbon
  • Miso paste

White Bean Oatmeal

If you’re trying to incorporate beans into your diet more often, don’t overlook breakfast options. With their creamy texture and neutral flavor, white beans are a perfect addition to oatmeal and a valuable way to give morning meals a protein boost. This recipe is adapted from The Simple Bean: A Bean Toolkit for Older Adults.
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cooked white beans, rinsed, drained, and mashed
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 ½ tbsp maple syrup or any liquid sweetener
  • Dash of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a pot and heat over medium heat until it begins to simmer.
  2. Reduce heat and cook uncovered for about 7 minutes.
  3. Serve with blueberries, chopped walnuts, or any favorite oatmeal toppings.