Canned beans are one of those pantry staples we always have on hand. They’re cheap, easy, fuss-free, and filling, and their versatility makes them an awesome standby for tacos, salads, soups, enchiladas, and more. To get more Sunday meal prep inspiration, check out this list of favorite dinners made with all different types of beans.
No matter how depressingly barren our pantries may get, we can always find at least one can of beans lurking in there somewhere. They’re inexpensive and efficient, and they give us protein and fiber. Plus, you can get a lot of mileage out of beans, whether incorporating them into soups and chilis, enchiladas and burritos, stuffed peppers, casseroles, salads, and more. Canned beans have saved our lives on a number of occasions when we’ve lapsed on the grocery shopping, meal planning, and budgeting. We know how busy things get and how daunting meal planning can be, which is why we’re swooping in with our free meal plans to make your life and schedule a little more organized and a lot more simplified. More time for relaxing with the new revamp of Will and Grace and a glass of wine? Yes, please!
We’re excited to bring you our 2nd installment of our new Sunday Meal Prep Series where we’ll be sharing 20 recipes you can plan and prep ahead of time for a head start on your week—and show Monday-Friday who’s boss. If you missed the first one, you can check it out here: 20 Recipes You Can Make with a Pound of Ground Beef (It’s What’s for Dinner).
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Tender chicken thighs, peppers, green olives, and garbanzo beans tango with Spanish-flavored rice and spicy chorizo in this one pot wonder from FoodieCrush.
Soups are the star of most of our cooler weather meals, though this one’s good enough to eat all year-round. With roasted cauliflower and chickpeas, it’s deliciously velvety, nutty, and hearty from Floating Kitchen.
Roasted veggies, black beans, and a homemade chipotle-spiked enchilada sauce make this incredibly easy, healthy vegetarian casserole a weeknight winner from Ambitious Kitchen.
Mac and cheese + chili = comfort food bliss in this ridiculously easy one pot meal that also comes together in just 20 minutes from RecipeTin Eats. Seriously, what’s not to love?
Confession: We’re obsessed with soups that have pasta in them and this one boasts chickpeas and whole wheat shells in a garlicky, tomato broth with lots of Parmesan (fuhgettaboutit) from How Sweet Eats.
Chili gets a Cajun twist with Andouille sausage, chicken, shrimp, kidney beans, and Creole spices in this cozy recipe, made fast and easy in the Instant Pot from Food Faith Fitness.
This Southwest BBQ chicken salad is studded with grilled chicken, black beans, and veggies, and is topped with an easy 5-ingredient homemade barbecue sauce, making this a healthy and hearty salad for lunch or dinner from FoodieCrush.
Fragrant spices, butternut squash, and chickpeas make up this Moroccan stew made easy in the slow cooker from Simply Quinoa.
Skillet meals are our saving grace on weeknights when we don’t feel like cooking. This one features cannellini beans, salmon, and cherry tomatoes, and gets a boost of of smoky flavor from charred lemons from Bev Cooks.
Whether you’re vegetarian or just taking a night off from meat, these sweet potato taco bowls hit the spot. They’re loaded up with spicy roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, fire-roasted corn, cilantro lime quinoa, and are full of awesome flavor from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.
They say chicken soup soothes the soul, but we’re pretty sure this rustic Italian soup made with leafy kale, cannellini beans, lots of veggies, and chunks of sourdough bread gives it a run for its money from A Couple Cooks.
All you need are 5 ingredients to make this comforting sweet potato turkey chili studded with black beans from Pinch of Yum.
Using a store-bought rotisserie chicken makes these creamy white bean and salsa verde enchiladas a breeze any night of the week from Skinnytaste.
Coconut milk, chickpeas, and tons of aromatic spices make for an irresistible vegan curry that easily beats any takeout version from Jessica in the Kitchen.
Chicken breasts, butternut squash, and red onion all get roasted on one sheet pan and then served up in a bowl, with black beans, rice, and guacamole in this healthy, easy weeknight dinner from FoodieCrush.
This recipe round-up was curated and written by FoodieCrush contributor Hayley Putnam of Seven Day Weekend.
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