10 Minute meals with canned beans

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High in fiber, vitamins, and minerals – and conveniently located in your pantry – canned beans can become a near endless array of tasty meals in just minutes. Toss them in salads, soups, grain dishes and pasta. Puree them with herbs and spices for savory dips and spreads. Simply warm them up for a fast and healthy snack. If you're looking for some canned bean inspiration, sink your teeth into these easy canned bean recipes.

Canned bean recipes

5-Spice Chickpea Soup

Ingredients: 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed, drained 1 (6-ounce) bag spinach 1 (32-ounce) carton vegetable broth 2 bay leaves 1 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder or to taste 2 green onions, chopped (green and white parts) Salt and freshly ground black pepper Directions: 1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine chickpeas, spinach, broth, bay leaves and 5-spice. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 7 to 8 minutes. 2. Stir in green onions and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 1 to 2 minutes more. Remove bay leaves and serve warm.

Black Bean Mango Salad

Ingredients: 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed, drained 1 mango, pitted, peeled, diced 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion 2 tablespoons minced fresh mint 1 to 2 teaspoons grated lime zest Juice of 1 lime 1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Directions: 1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, tossing to coat. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Whole Wheat Couscous and Pink Beans

Ingredients: 1 cup whole wheat couscous*, prepared according to package directions 1 (15-ounce) can pink beans, rinsed, drained 1/2 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted in a dry skillet 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Directions: 1. Cook couscous according to package directions. Add remaining ingredients, stir and serve. *Try Hodgson Mill's Whole Wheat Couscous with Milled Flax Seed and Soy for an extra boost in fiber and protein.

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