Ready to leave the bland behind? Canned beans are about to get a major upgrade in your kitchen playbook. Gone are the days of limiting them to the same old soups and dips. With 21 creative and tasty recipes, we’re here to show you the full potential of these pantry powerhouses. Beans are not just good for you, they’re great for shaking up your meal routine without breaking the bank. From comforting chilis to unexpected sweet treats, discover meals that are both nutritious and exciting.

Black bean meatballs in tomato sauce with a spoon.
Italian Black Bean Meatballs. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.
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Escarole and Beans

Escarole and beans in a white bowl with red pepper flakes on the side.
Escarole and Beans. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This dish is a no-brainer for anyone wanting to whip up something quick and filling. Beans and escarole come together for a meal that proves you don’t need much to make something great. It’s hearty and just right for a cozy night in.
Get the Recipe: Escarole and Beans

Fudgy Vegan Black Bean Brownies

Vegan fudgy black bean brownies on a plate.
Fudgy Vegan Black Bean Brownies. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

End your week on a high note with these fudgy brownies made from black beans. They’re moist, chocolatey, and you’d never guess beans are the secret to their perfect texture.
Get the Recipe: Fudgy Vegan Black Bean Brownies

Creamy Carrot Fennel Soup

Creamy carrot soup with fennel and white beans in a blue and white bowl.
Creamy Carrot Fennel Soup. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This soup is light, creamy, and filled with good stuff like cannellini beans. It’s perfect for when you want something easy yet hearty, and it’s totally vegan.
Get the Recipe: Creamy Carrot Fennel Soup

BBQ Black Bean & Chicken Tortilla Pizza

Tortilla pizza with black refried beans, cheddar and shredded chicken.
BBQ Black Bean & Chicken Tortilla Pizza. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Mix it up with a tortilla pizza that’s loaded with black beans, chicken, and plenty of cheese. It’s easy, fun, and a perfect pick for a laid-back dinner or weekend meal.
Get the Recipe: BBQ Black Bean & Chicken Tortilla Pizza

Instant Pot Bean Soup

Instant Pot bean soup made with dried bean mix in bowls.
Instant Pot Bean Soup. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Throw some beans, tomatoes, and kale into your Instant Pot and you’ve got a cozy vegan soup that’s perfect for a cold day. It’s hearty, nutritious, and gets everything right about a bean soup.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Bean Soup

Dandelion Greens and Beans

Beans and greens in a skillet with a wooden spoon.
Dandelion Greens and Beans. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Here’s a quick, green twist on your bean game. Dandelion greens meet cannellini and kidney beans for a meal that’s all about simplicity and speed. Ready in less than 30 minutes, it’s perfect for a quick, nutritious dinner.
Get the Recipe: Dandelion Greens and Beans

Mango Black Bean Salad

Mango black bean salad in a glass bowl.
Mango Black Bean Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Need something quick and refreshing? This mango and black bean salad is it. Great for a protein-packed lunch or side, it’s bright, fresh, and ready in minutes.
Get the Recipe: Mango Black Bean Salad

Creamy Turmeric Chicken with Chickpeas

Turmeric chicken with chickpeas over rice.
Creamy Turmeric Chicken with Chickpeas. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This one-skillet wonder with chicken and chickpeas is all about making dinner easy and tasty. It’s creamy, quick to make, and perfect over rice. For a great dinner ready in no time, this is the way to go.
Get the Recipe: Creamy Turmeric Chicken with Chickpeas

Instant Pot Tomato & White Beans

Instant Pot white beans and tomatoes on sourdough toast garnished with fresh herbs and crumbled feta.
Instant Pot Tomato & White Beans. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Got an Instant Pot and some beans? Throw in tomatoes and you’ve got yourself a fantastic meal in no time. This one’s a game changer for anyone looking for a simple yet hearty dish, perfect with some crunchy toast.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Tomato & White Beans

Blueberry White Bean Salad

Blueberry white bean salad with tahini dressing in a white bowl with pickled onions in a jar to the side.
Blueberry White Bean Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This salad’s got it all – beans, berries, and a killer tahini turmeric dressing. It’s simple, nutritious, and brings a burst of flavor and texture with every bite.
Get the Recipe: Blueberry White Bean Salad

Italian Black Bean Meatballs

Black bean meatballs in tomato sauce with a spoon.
Italian Black Bean Meatballs. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Swap the meat for beans and you’ve got yourself some amazing meatballs. Perfect over pasta or zoodles, they’re a hearty, plant-based meal that doesn’t skimp on flavor.
Get the Recipe: Italian Black Bean Meatballs

Chicken Sausage Breakfast Tostadas

Chicken sausage breakfast tostadas with on parchment paper.
Chicken Sausage Breakfast Tostadas. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Start your day with a bang with these tostadas. Topped with chicken sausage, eggs, and a refried bean base, they’re a great breakfast that’s both filling and delicious.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Sausage Breakfast Tostadas

Brisket Chili

Brisket chili in a bowl topede with green onions and avocado.
Brisket Chili. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Leftover brisket? Add beans and a few more ingredients to cook up a chili that’s perfect for a comforting meal. It’s chunky, hearty, and exactly what you need for a chill evening. Plus, it’s a great way to use up what you have in the fridge.
Get the Recipe: Brisket Chili

Smashed White Bean Quesadillas

Smashed white bean quesadillas on a cutting board.
Smashed White Bean Quesadillas. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Who needs meat when you have white beans and kale stuffed in a quesadilla? Melted cheese and a creamy BBQ sauce top it off for a great meatless meal that’s all about comfort.
Get the Recipe: Smashed White Bean Quesadillas

Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip

Roasted garlic white bean dip in a metal dish with pita chips.
Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This dip with roasted garlic and white beans is creamy, packed with protein, and goes with just about anything. It’s a great way to sneak some beans into your snack time.
Get the Recipe: Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip

BBQ Roasted Chickpeas

BBQ roasted chickpeas on a white plate.
BBQ Roasted Chickpeas. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

When you’re craving something savory and crunchy, these BBQ chickpeas are the answer. Easy to make and perfect for snacking, they’re a great alternative to chips.
Get the Recipe: BBQ Roasted Chickpeas

Kung Pao Chickpeas

Kung pao chickpea dish in a bowl with rice and skillet off to the left.
Kung Pao Chickpeas. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Love takeout but want to keep it plant-based? These Kung Pao chickpeas bring all the flavor of your favorite Chinese dish with a simple protein swap. It’s bold, it’s easy, and it’s a great way to enjoy beans.
Get the Recipe: Kung Pao Chickpeas

Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies

Peanut butter stuffed chocolate cookies stacked on a white plate.
Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Beans in your cookies? Yes, and they’re incredible! These black bean cookies with peanut butter centers hit the spot when you need a sweet treat. Plus, they’re healthier than your average cookie, so you can feel good about reaching for another.
Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies

Cinnamon Crunch Chickpeas

Cinnamon crunch roasted chickpeas in a bowl with more scattered around.
Cinnamon Crunch Chickpeas. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Think cinnamon toast but healthier and crunchier. These chickpeas are sweetened with maple syrup and make for a great snack any time of the day.
Get the Recipe: Cinnamon Crunch Chickpeas

Chocolate Chip Blondies

Chocolate chip blondie bars.
Chocolate Chip Blondies. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Chickpeas make these blondies not just good for you but also irresistibly soft and gooey. With chocolate chips in every bite, they’re a perfect snack or dessert that you won’t believe is made from beans.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Chip Blondies

Chocolate Lamb Chili

A bowl of lamb chili  garnished with cilantro, jalapeños and green onions with a gold spoon.
Chocolate Lamb Chili. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This recipe takes chili to the next level with lamb, beans, and a hint of chocolate. It’s like a Mexican mole sauce but easier. Perfect for when you want to impress someone or just treat yourself to something special.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Lamb Chili

13 Amazing Cabbage Recipes That Go Way Beyond Slaw

Sliced red cabbage steaks on a plate with parsley.
Air Fryer Cabbage. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Forget everything you thought you knew about cabbage! It’s not just for boring salads anymore. This humble vegetable is bursting with versatility and can be transformed into a whole world of delicious dishes. From hearty and comforting soups to vibrant and flavorful side dishes, cabbage has something to offer everyone.

Get the Recipes: 13 Amazing Cabbage Recipes That Go Way Beyond Slaw

Keep These 10 Foods Out Of The Microwave To Avoid Ruining Them

A man is holding a plate of french fries in front of a microwave.
Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Ever popped something in the microwave only to find it’s turned into a rubbery mess or exploded all over the interior? In our search for quick and convenient meals, the microwave can sometimes feel like our best friend, but not all foods appreciate this kind of heat. Before you hit ‘start’ on your next microwave adventure, check out this list of foods that are better off reheated by any method other than the microwave, unless you’re aiming for a kitchen disaster.

Read it Here: Keep These 10 Foods Out Of The Microwave To Avoid Ruining Them

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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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