I’m always encouraging people to eat beans more often; they are loaded with nutrients and fiber. However, eating beans doesn’t mean you need to start using bean recipes that are 100% vegetarian. For the self-proclaimed “meat-eater” beans can still be very easily worked into one’s eating patterns without going vegan. Here are a few tips for eating beans more often:
- Work beans into dishes you already make, by reducing some of the meat to make room for the beans. Beans are a great addition to: pasta dishes, casseroles, soups, green salads, and chili.
- Add beans to your snacks by including more: hummus, bean-based salsas, bean dips/spreads,or roasted chickpeas
- Add beans where you’d least expect them: smoothies, frozen desserts, or baked goods – there are tons of recipes online that include beans in creative ways. Experiment!
- Try making bean-based sauces like White Bean Sauce or Asian Black Bean Sauce
What are your favorite bean dishes?