Beans are cheap and healthy, but they’re not known for their starring roles in the kitchen, right? We’re here to change your mind with three easy, flavorful recipes that start with a can of beans. These ideas will stretch your budget without letting down your taste buds.
A pita stuffed with garbanzo bean fritters and cucumber slaw is a delicious, hearty dinner option for Meatless Monday. Or, entertain on the fly (and on the cheap) with a smashed white bean dip, or a black bean salsa with roasted veggies.
To give dishes the freshest flavor, remember to rinse canned beans to get rid of the thick liquid they are packed in.
Black Bean and Roasted Corn Salsa
1 cup frozen corn (or substitute 1 to 2 ears of leftover, cooked corn on the cob)
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1, 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
1 lime, juiced
1, 4-ounce package of feta cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Thaw corn by running it under cold water; drain, then pat dry with a towel; place kernels in a single layer on a baking sheet.
On another baking sheet, place tomatoes in a single layer.
Roast corn and tomatoes in oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until browned; remove from oven and allow to cool.
Meanwhile, seed avocado and remove the flesh; cut into chunks and place in a bowl; add the black beans and lime juice.
When corn and tomatoes are cool, add to the black bean mixture.
Before serving, crumble feta and stir into the salsa.