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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

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.

Apple Cider Baked Beans

Welcome Autumn with beans! Sweet fresh-pressed apple cider is one of the classic flavors of fall. This simple recipe for traditional baked beans uses cider to create a time-honored Appalachian autumn dish. It calls for navy beans, but many recipes use either pinto or kidney beans.
 

Warm Up with Chili

Nothing warms up a cool fall evening like a steamy bowl of chili. After a long day of harvest, this Northarvest chili recipe is the perfect quick and simple solution. Using just three canned items – pinto and/or kidney beans, tomatoes and corn – supper is served in just 15 minutes. It’s also a delicious and nutritious!

Northarvest Three-Can Chili Recipe