4 Delicious Meals To Make With A Can Of Beans
BY JULIE VAN ROSENDAAL, DINNER WITH JULIE
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. 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’re in a rush and need a quick, healthy dinner, having an assortment of canned beans in the pantry can be a meal-saver.
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.
Canned chickpeas are amazing in salads, curries and even falafel, but also make superstar snacks.
This salad can be eaten right away, but gets better after spending the day or night in the fridge.
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.