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Full o’ Beans (includes Cooking Guide)

Lastly, a couple of easy recipes that you can whip up in the food processor.

Italian White Bean Topping
serves 4

4 cups cooked great northern beans or navy beans
1/4 cup water/stock (or tomato sauce)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
3 cloves garlic, diced
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
2 scallions, chopped

1.    Combine beans, water/stock, oil, nutritional yeast, garlic, and spices in the food processor. Process until creamy-smooth, adding more liquid to reach desired consistency.
2.    Transfer to a bowl. Top with parsley and scallions. Serve at room temperature.

Bean Dip
5–6 servings

2 2/3 cup cooked pinto beans
3 Tbsp. tamari or substitute
2/3 cup tomato paste
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. cumin powder
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
jalapeños, diced, to taste (optional)

In a food processor, using the “S” shaped blade, blend all ingredients. Chill.

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8:54AM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

Cool beans! (Wish they didn't take so long to cook - uses a lot of gas/electricity).

4:55PM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

A OK X

11:05AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

thank you! love the idea of making salads!

8:41PM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Splendid and tasty recipes, beans are splendid.

6:13PM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Excellent article. Yummy recipes. Thanks for sharing.

2:54AM PST on Feb 26, 2011

I love beans, but I also have a reputation for being dull, bland and boring. Although I like my beans spicy and flavorful:-)

8:10AM PST on Dec 22, 2010

Thank you for this helpful article :D

6:36PM PST on Dec 17, 2010

We live in the southwest and the best beans I've ever tasted were pintos the way the Mexican people fix them...I've asked how they do it and they tell me just put them in water and cook 'em til their done.. Like good Italian cooking, it must be in the blood, mine never taste as good. So I'll try these recipes. Thanks.

5:37PM PDT on Oct 19, 2010

The best bean dip I ever made is as follows:
Whatever amount of cooked beans you want to use, mashed. Add shredded cheddar cheese, & if you like it spicy add a dash of Tabasco.

5:35PM PDT on Oct 19, 2010

I already knew how to cook all kinds of beans. It doesn't take a genious. Water, beans, ham hock or bacon, onions & whatever seasonings you like: cumin, crushed red pepper flakes (or chopped fresh Jalapeno), salt, pepper, garlic powder chopped fresh garlic, anything else you like. I didn't care for any of the recipies. But maybe someone just learning how to cook could find this useful.

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