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Not Your Average Salad

At their best in winter, citrus fruits add appealing tartness and a dash of sweetness to bean recipes. Like all citrus fruits, the oranges and grapefruit in this recipe are packed with vitamin C and other organic acids that increase absorption of the iron in beans. Get the recipe here.

Get Ready for Kickoff

Score big at your Superbowl party with this delicious bean dip! This rich and extra-spicy buffalo bean dip requires just minutes of hands-on preparation. It’s perfect for your Super Bowl Sunday party.

Beans Support Aerobic Exercise

 
If your New Year resolution includes a commitment to more aerobic exercise, take a tip from the Tarahumaras, a group indigenous to the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains of Mexico. Considered among the most skilled long-distance trail runners in the world, they’ve been the subject of books, magazine articles and scientific studies. Remarkably, the diet that sustains their extraordinary fitness is built around beans, especially pinto beans. Corn, chili peppers, squash and greens also play important roles in their menu. Try this recipe.

Warm Up Winter Nights with Chocolate Chili

Nothing warms up a cold winter evening like chili, and the best chili recipes call for a few tablespoons of chocolate. Pairing chocolate with spicy hot peppers is a tradition that goes back some four thousand years. The Mayans of Central America, who are credited with discovering chocolate, didn’t use it as the sweet treat we love today. Instead, they consumed a fiery and bitter drink made from crushed cocoa beans and chili peppers. Get more details.

A Snack-tastic New Years Eve

Crunchy and easy-to-make, roasted pinto beans make a great snack for a New Year’s Eve party. This recipe has a spicy, peppery kick, but you can use any seasonings you like. If you have any leftovers, roasted pinto beans also make a good addition to salads. Get the recipe.

Bean-Inspired for the Holidays

Tamales are a Christmas Eve tradition in some parts of Mexico. With a savory dough made from Masa Harina (a type of cornflour) and meat or beans filling, tamales are wrapped in corn husks — sometimes banana leaves — then steamed. Tamales can be made and cooked ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for several days to reheat for a Christmas Eve supper that is both easy and special. Use any type of bean you have on hand for this recipe, including canned refried beans to speed up the process. Get the recipe.

The Perfect Gift: Homemade Bean Soup

Homemade bean soup mix in a jar is a thoughtful gift for a busy hostess or anyone on your holiday list who has little time to cook. The key to making it special is to create different layers of colorful beans in an attractive jar and to provide a seasoning mix that is packed with flavor. The recipe below makes four, one-quart mason jars.

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.

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