Cheap and Easy Bean Dinners

By , SparkPeople Blogger
This week's menu features beans, an economical and delicious protein source! Learn more about this underappreciated super food!
Slow Cooker Provencal Chicken and Beans

This is a great recipe to use as a basis for plenty of meals! Use your leftovers to make Chef Meg's (Leftover) Chicken Nachos and Chef Meg's (Leftover) Chicken Tostada.
Slow Cooker Pork with Greens and Beans

Chef Meg's kids never complain about eating both beans and greens in one meal when they're served alongside rich, slow-cooked pork. I used pork shoulder, but you could use a leaner cut to save on fat and calories.

Black Bean Chicken

An easy slow cooker recipe that the family will enjoy!

Skillet White Beans, Spinach & Tomatoes over Linguine

We love the creamy white beans paired with tangy tomatoes and spinach. You will, too.

Vegetarian Black Bean Cakes with Orange-Basil Salsa

These bean cakes are yummy and great for you. Served with the salsa, it makes a very colorful and festive presentation. I serve these with a lite side salad. Plenty of protein and fiber. Even her meat loving hubby loves this meal.

Three Bean Taco Soup

Very fiber-full recipe!

Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Soup (Chef Meg's Makeover)

This is a really filling soup that's easy to make. Each serving is a hearty 2 cups!

Find ways to use this super food, which can help keep you full!

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USMAWIFE 12/31/2017
thanks Report
MNABOY 12/12/2017
Thanks Report
CHERYL4808 11/26/2017
Thank you for such great ideas!! Report
_CYNDY55_ 9/27/2017
Thanks for the info about Beans and the recipes! Report
Thanks for the info. Report
EVILCECIL 9/13/2017
Love a good bean recipe. Report
FISHGUT3 8/19/2017
thanks Report
DJ4HEALTH 8/17/2017
Great info on beans!! Report
ALASKINI 7/16/2017
Some of these look yummy and simple! Report
CTYONIT 4/12/2017
I love beans!! Alas--no slow cooker :( Report
Great recipes but not everyone has a slow cooker. Report
Pair beans with corn or a whole grain for a complete protein! Then you don't need the chicken + saves $$ & cholesterol. Can't wait to try the burgers!
It's a little bit sad to me that only 2 out of the 7 recipes here are vegetarian. Especially considering the premise at the beginning of the article being that beans are an economical protein source - why "beef them up" with other protein sources that are less economical if you're trying to highlight how well they serve that purpose? Report
This is great stuff, will place in my favorites and make some of these this week. Thank you. Report
I really liked this receipe. I will be using this one!!! Report
I like beans; specially as they are prepare in the Caribbean.
Can't wait to try the soups!!! Come on cool weather!!! Report
These look like great recipies! My pre-teen kids would love these. Report
I love beans. Black beans, in particular, are great in stir fries. Report
Love beans so always looking for new, interesting ways to serve and eat them. Not a big fan of recipes that call for opening 'a can of...' or 'a jar of...' though - too many unnecessary and unhealthy additives. But some of these recipes sounded interesting if changed to using fresh ingredients. Thanks for sharing. Report
Thank you for this article! Beans are one of my favorite staples, and I'm always interested in new ideas for what to do with them. Report
Thanks for the bean blog, I've been looking for some new things to do with beans. Report
beans and rice great, combo :) Report
I have always been tempted to try rice with beans. Report
I have Metabolic Syndrome/Insulin Resistance so they are to much starch for me. Report
Thank You For The Blog. Beans Are One Of My Go To Vegetables. Very Filling And Versatile. Great Recipes! Report
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