Better with Beans

Low in fat and packed with fibre, beans are a source of quality protein and are extremely
versatile. Whether baked into muffins, added to tacos, or mixed into any favourite dish, the mild,
complementary flavour helps everyday families make healthy choices easier and every meal
better—everything is Better with Beans.

Recipe:

White Bean, Tuna and Asparagus Salad

Loaded with fresh lemon and dill, this zippy white bean, tuna and asparagus salad is the perfect salad to welcome spring. Prep this ahead of time for a healthy lunch–it also makes a great side dish for a barbecue.

Recipe:

White Bean Bomba Crostini

If you have a can of white cannellini beans and a jar of the spicy, Italian condiment Bomba, you have found a match made in heaven. The creamy sweetness of the beans is balanced by the bite of chilis and the mint adds a hit of freshness. Perfection in under 20 minutes.

You can make the bean mixture ahead of time, as it keeps well in the fridge for a few days, and then just slice up as many baguette slices as you need for the serving. You can also mix it with cold pasta or serve it on polenta or, do what I do, and just eat it straight out of the bowl!

Recipe:

Bean Falafel with Tahini Sauce

If you like Mediterranean food, this is a great take on a classic. A great blend of beans meets tantalizing spices, all formed into a beautiful ball that is fried to a golden brown. A delight to eat with the freshness of the cucumber sauce and the richness of the tahini sauce which go beautifully with a nice warm pita and some dressed tomatoes.

Recipe:

Berry Fruity Black Bean Smoothie

This “Berry” Fruity Black Bean Smoothie was the winning contest entry from our Make Your New Year Better with Beans smoothie recipe contest in 2021.  It’s a super simple smoothie filled with the goodness of fruit and black beans, and sweetened with maple syrup.

Recipe:

Quick Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet

Cassoulet is traditionally a slow-cooked bean stew with several steps and a long ingredient list. It’s good to make if you have the time and inclination, but for those of us short on both, this quick version comes together in a snap. Delicious and nutritious, this is a great meal for busy weeknights, plus there’s just one pan to wash.

Types of Beans

Ontario grows nine types of beans. Learn more about each variety here.

Nutrition & Health

It’s commonly known that beans are good for you — but do you know how good?

Bean Basics

Learn how to properly store, select, soak and cook Ontario beans.

Better with Beans

Learn more about this amazing superfood
and why everything is better with beans!