Today is National Bean Day – yes, there is actually a national food holiday set aside just for beans! How
weird awesome is that?! In honor of this special day, I’ve compiled a list of delicious recipes that include main courses, side dishes,snacks, and even a dessert with beans! Take a look and whip up one of these great recipes today to celebrate!
Cauliflower And White Bean Salad. This winter salad from The Kitchn is a tender and creamy combination, perfect for serving up in the cooler winter months.
Crock Pot Lima Beans And Ham Soup. This easy recipe from Food.com will be a favorite because all you need to do is stick everything in the crock pot and let it do all the hard work for you! Lima beans get a bad rep but they are quite delicious, especially when slow cooked and paired with ham!
Tangy Three Bean Salad. This bean salad from The Naked Kitchen contains kidney, garbanzo, and cannelloni beans and is light, refreshing, and flavorful!
Green Bean Salad. This green bean salad from Dinner With Julie uses yellow and green beans, kidney beans, chick peas, bell peppers, and a handful of other ingredients that when all combined, result in a healthy and delicious bean salad.
Quinoa Bean Salad. Quinoa is a great food staple for anyone, especially vegetarians! This fun quinoa recipe from Kathdedon mixes quinoa with beans for a Mediterranean tasting dish!
Skillet Chili Mac And Cheese. I love this recipe from Iowa Girl Eats and have made it myself multiple times. It combines the best of both worlds- chili and Mac and cheese, is cooked right in your skillet, and is very easy to make! Kidney beans are added to cheese, noodles, and ground beef for a delicious combo.
Bean Burritos. Who doesn’t love a bean rice and cheese burrito? Or any bean burrito for that matter? The thing I love most about this bean burrito recipe from Mile High Mammas is that this recipe is intended to make ahead and be frozen if you want! Recipes that can be made ahead and frozen for future use save us busy moms so much time!
Bean Dip. Beans can be used in so many main recipes, but they are also great for side dishes and snacking items like this bean dip from Cooking Classy. This dip uses refried beans and has nine delicious layers.
Corn And Black Bean Quesadillas. My mom found this recipe from Closet Cooking a few years ago and it has become a family favorite of ours. These quesadillas are incredible, and if you add a spoonful of sour cream on the side for dipping, they are downright heavenly!
Red Bean Chili. My personal favorite way to use beans is in chili of course! Chili is just comforting. It reminds me of my mom’s cooking and warms my soul! This red bean chili from Oh Sweet Day is great to make on a cold day when you just want to snuggle up inside and be comforted with a great big bowl of goodness.
Red Bean Ice Cream. Using beans for ice cream has to be the most creative way to use beans in my book! This recipe for delicious red bean ice cream from Pure Enjoyment is creative, creamy, and delicious. If you’ve never tried red bean ice cream I highly recommend it!