Triptic of three bean salad, cassoulet, lentil dal


4 Delicious Meals To Make With A Can Of Beans

Dec 27, 2017

When it comes to convenience foods, some are healthier than others, easier on your pocketbook and truly save time compared to their from-scratch counterparts.

And when you're constantly thinking of what to feed the kids, canned beans are arguably the best of all worlds — beans of all kinds, including black, kidney, navy, chickpeas and lentils, are about as good for you as it gets, and it’s not difficult to find a can for around a dollar. And they’re truly more convenient than dried beans, which require soaking (or not, depending on who you ask), and about an hour of cooking to tenderize.

When you need a quick, healthy dinner, having an assortment of canned beans in the pantry can be a meal-saver.

Quick Cassoulet

Sausage, white beans and a sprig of rosemary in a tomato sauce.

Little white beans can be transformed into many meals, from soup to white bean pizza dough, but one of my favourite things to do is roast them with fresh sausages and tomatoes for a quick sort of cassoulet.

Check out the recipe!

Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas on a cookie sheet, fresh out of the oven.

Canned chickpeas are amazing in salads, curries and even falafel, but also make superstar snacks.

Check out the recipe!

Three Bean Salad

Close-up of three bean salad.

This salad can be eaten right away, but gets better after spending the day or night in the fridge.

Check out the recipe!

Super Simple Lentil Dal

Quick lentil dahl ready to be served.

Although dry lentils cook far more quickly than other pulses, a can of lentils can make almost instant dal, a creamy, comforting Indian lentil dish.

Check out the recipe!

Article Author Julie Van Rosendaal
Julie Van Rosendaal

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Julie Van Rosendaal is the author of six best-selling cookbooks (with a seventh due out this fall), the food editor of Parents Canada magazine and the food and nutrition columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One. She is a recipe developer, TV personality, food stylist and writes about food for local, national and international publications. She is perhaps best known as the voice behind her popular food blog, Dinner with Julie, where she documents real life at home in Calgary with her husband and nine-year-old son. Connect on twitter @dinnerwithjulie.


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