Red Beans and Rice

Classic red beans and rice is easy, affordable, and delicious. Season with creole seasoning to your preference and let the onions, garlic, celery, and pepper do the rest.

Beef and Beans

Prepared on the stovetop, if you have cooked ground beef and onion in your freezer stock this can be made with virtually no prep. If not, you’ll need to brown the ground beef and onion first, but it is still and easy stovetop meal.

Barley Lentil Soup

This hearty soup with fresh vegetables can easily be made into a vegetarian dish by using vegetable stock in place of beef broth.

Black Beans and Rice

This quick stovetop Black Beans and Rice can be made in the time it takes to cook the rice. Adjust the spices to your taste by using salsa that is hot or mild, or add a chopped jalapeno to the pepper and onion.

Beans and Franks

Get kid-friendly with this homemade favorite! Beans and Franks is well-loved by kids far and wide, and this baked version adds a depth of flavor not found in stovetop recipes.

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Take advantage of your slow cooker to have this chicken chili waiting for you on a busy day when you don’t get home until late.

Lentil Soup with Kielbasa

Lentils are a useful legume for busy cooks because unlike beans, they cook quickly and can be prepared from their dry state without a long soaking time. Lentil Soup with Kielbasa is a flavorful slow cooker recipe that requires very little prep.

Black Bean Soup (or Dip)

Black beans are one of my favorite beans – they go well with corn and tomatoes in cold salads as well as hot sides, but the king of all black bean recipes is black bean soup. For this recipe, I prefer using prepared dry beans because they are more tender than the canned beans and it’s easier to get the right consistency for soup. If you like this soup, try a similar mixture without the broth to make a thick bean dip for corn chips.

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