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:

Sheet Pan Black Bean and Veggie Quesadillas

The whole family will love these easy black bean quesadillas with bell peppers, onions, corn and garlic for a simple, vegetarian dinner where beans are the star. Bake in a sheet pan in the oven for easy, hands-free cooking.

Recipe:

Stovetop Baked Beans and Eggs

Inspired by an English breakfast, try making you own quick stovetop baked beans and eggs! With white kidney beans, bacon, tomato sauce, spinach and eggs this easy one-pan meal is filling enough for a quick weeknight dinner, or a weekend brunch.

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Recipe:

Tuscan Kale and Cranberry Bean Soup

I was inspired to make this soup after seeing something on Instagram. I dreamt about it, waiting for late fall when the Tuscan kale is in season. Also called Cavolo Nero, this intensely dark green, almost black, leafy kale has a mild, smooth flavour with softer leaves. It is as pretty and it is tasty. You can try it with regular kale, but honestly, try to find this Italian version.

The traditional bean to accompany Tuscan kale would be chickpea, but we want to highlight Ontario bean varieties, so I chose Cranberry beans. They are creamy and hearty with a lovely, nutty flavour and can stand up to the kale. If you leave out the cheese and use vegetable broth, it also makes a fantastic vegan main dish. This recipe is somewhere between a thick soup and a soup stew so feel free to add more broth if you want it thinner.

Recipe:

Garlicky White Bean and Spinach Melts

This recipe is a delicious combination of creamy white beans sauteed spinach, garlic, onions and chili flakes piled onto your favourite toast and topped with provolone cheese. This recipe comes together in about 20 minutes and is hearty and comforting.

Recipe:

Jambalaya

Indulge in the vibrant flavours of this easy one-pot Jambalaya recipe. Packed with andouille sausage, shrimp, black beans, and peppers, this Cajun-inspired dish brings the taste of Louisiana to your table. Simmered with aromatic spices and fire-roasted tomatoes, it’s a satisfying meal that will transport your taste buds. Top it off with garnishes of choice and enjoy this family favourite!

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!