8 Unique Recipes for Celebrating National Bean Day

January 6th is National Bean Day, and what better way is there to celebrate than to reacquaint yourself with these fibrous morsels through cooking? You may have a few typical bean dishes in your meal rotation, but these imaginative recipes will change everything you know about the mighty bean. Just be sure to take precautions against bean-induced gassiness along the way!

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1. Kidney Bean Curry

For a hearty dinner, barely anything beats a steamy, spicy curry. Throw kidney beans into the mix, instead of your usual veggies or tofu, and you will have yourself a fiber-packed supper that everyone will love.

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2. Edamame Bean Spread

Many folks who eat edamame do so with a simple sprinkling of salt, but it can easily be whipped into a flavorful spread for both cracker and crudités. This dip features the flavors of shallots and broccoli, for an extra nutrition boost.

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3. Beans and Greens with Herbed Polenta

Pick your favorite bean for this simple and satisfying meal of sautéed greens and herbed polenta. This recipe leaves a lot of wiggle room for choosy palates!

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4. Lentil Sliders

These stick-to-your-ribs sliders are a great comfort food for the thick of winter. Bite-sized patties are made from lentils, onions, bell pepper, jalapeño and a perfect blend of spices.

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5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Pancakes

Yes, you can have beans for breakfast! These sweet chickpea flour pancakes are packed with protein and are the perfect vehicle for gobs of extra peanut butter, chocolate chips and maybe even a dollop of coconut whipped cream.

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6. Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpeas

Using just four simple ingredients, you can throw together a delicious, crunchy snack featuring nutritious chickpeas. You will forget all about potato chips after eating a handful of these tasty morsels.

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7. Smoky White Bean and Roasted Yellow Pepper Hummus

Who says hummus always has to be made with chickpeas? This recipe uses white beans, instead, and the result is a creamy dream. The addition of adobo sauce gives it a unique, smoky bite that’s mellowed out by the sweetness of roasted yellow peppers.

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8. Chipotle Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

If black bean soup sounds boring, you clearly haven’t tried adding creamy coconut milk and pumpkin puree. This hearty stew is given a kick by adding chipotle, making it a warming dish for any chilly January night.

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94 comments

Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynik3 months ago

Thank you for sharing

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Jennifer F
Jennifer F11 months ago

I am looking for a good recipe for some black beans but the one here doesn't sound like something my taste buds would like.

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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

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W. Cabout a year ago

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William Cabout a year ago

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Christine Stewartabout a year ago

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Siyus Copetallusabout a year ago

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Siyus Copetallusabout a year ago

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Janet Babout a year ago

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federico babout a year ago

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