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:

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.

Recipe:

Bacon and White Bean Soup

This hearty and delicious soup is ready in under 45 minutes and will become a staple in your kitchen! Made with white navy beans, bacon and flavoured with fresh thyme, this simple recipe is packed with flavour.

Recipe:

Braised Romano Beans with Polenta

I try to use dry beans whenever possible, but let’s be honest – there are days where I need to get dinner on the table ten minutes ago and that is when I reach for a can of beans. I find the best way to make canned beans more flavourful is to simmer them with lots of good olive oil and some broth. Romano beans are grown in Ontario and Manitoba under the moniker of Cranberry Beans or Speckled Sugar Beans and are soft with a sweet, almost nutty flavour, making them perfect for this type of braised dish.

I serve this over polenta that I make in my Instant Pot but feel free to make polenta any way you like or even spoon the beans over thick slices of toasted bread or even mashed potatoes.

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!