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Beat the Heat with Beans

Cool-off from summer’s warm weather with beans. A sweet and frosty treat, these red bean popsicles are an Asian favorite and easy to make at home. The popsicles start with a sweet red bean paste called Anko, commonly available in Asian grocery stores. It’s easy to make your own, though.

Red bean popsicle recipe.

Easy Barbecued Beans

Planning a family picnic? We have a crowd favorite for you! While we agree there is nothing quite so easy as opening a can of baked beans, these barbecued beans are worth the extra effort. It takes just ten minutes of hands-on preparation to make your own.
 
Try these barbecued beans for your next picnic or cook-out.

Northarvest Holds Summer Board Meeting

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association held two productive days of board meetings at Thumper Pond Resort in Ottertail, Minnesota. Programs and budgets were approved for 2019/2020, with many projects in place for the upcoming year. LeRoy Stumpf from Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson’s office shared an update and also heard from Northarvest dry bean growers. Thank you to the farmer-led board for all your hard work and dedication to the dry bean industry!

Add Beans to Your Summer Menu

Hot summer days call for simple suppers with refreshing flavors like lemon and mint. Keep a jar of homemade mint vinaigrette dressing in your refrigerator and plenty of canned beans on hand. That way you’ll always be able to create a fast summer meal in minutes.

Combine a can of rinsed beans with chopped scallions, carrots and celery. You can also add cooked grains like quinoa or barley if you like. Then dress to taste with mint vinaigrette. Get the recipe here.

Kick Off Your Summer with Black Bean Burgers

With fiber-rich, protein-packed beans as their base, there is a reason that Chili’s iconic black bean burger is listed as the “guiltless” option on their menu.
 
If you’re a fan of these tasty burgers, you can make them at home for a weekend barbecue or fast weeknight supper. This copycat recipe suggests frying the burgers in a small amount of vegetable oil, but you can also place the burgers in a grilling basket and cook them over the grill.