30+ Creative Bean Recipes (Savory & Sweet)

by Alena

Eat more healthy legumes with these creative sweet and savory bean recipes! Simple ideas that work for families, beginner cooks and those on a budget.

If there’s one food group most of us don’t consume enough of (apart from veggies), it’s legumes. Beans, peas and lentils are incredibly healthy, versatile and packed with plant-based protein!

But what should you do if you don’t like the taste of beans?

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This list of protein-packed bean recipes goes way beyond hummus or veggie burgers; it ranges from meal prep-friendly breakfast ideas to higher protein desserts, hearty meatless meals and sweet and savory snacks!

Canned or dried beans make for budget-friendly staples you can use to create simple pantry meals — and if you don’t discard their cooking liquid, you can even make delicious aquafaba recipes with them!

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30+ Creative Bean Recipes (Savory & Sweet)

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Eat more healthy legumes with these creative sweet and savory bean recipes! Simple ideas that work for families, beginner cooks and those on a budget. The following quick and easy bean salad is great for picnics, hot summer days and everything in between.

Ingredients

3 Bean Salad

  • 1 15-oz can kidney beans (400 g), drained
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas (400 g), drained
  • 1 15-oz can cannellini beans (400 g), drained
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh herbs or leafy greens, finely chopped (25 g)

Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Whisk all ingredients for the dressing in a large bowl. Adjust to taste preferences.
  2. Add the drained and rinsed beans, onion and greens to the dressing. 
  3. Mix well to combine, then cover with a lid and allow to chill for a few hours before serving to let the beans soak up the flavors!

Notes

  • Feel free to add dry herbs to this salad.
  • Other add-ins include chopped cucumber, bell pepper, tomato or corn kernels.
  • Find 30+ more easy bean recipes in the article above!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: ¼ recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 401mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 19gSugar: 15gProtein: 24g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!

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About Alena Handwritten FontAlena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

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