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Mediterranean Pasta and White Bean Salad

Warmer weather means it’s time to start thinking about picnics, potlucks, and pasta salads! This recipe is loaded with tender pasta, fresh kale, creamy white beans, sun dried tomatoes, briny olives, and heaps of Parmesan and feta cheese. Tossed in a bright and garlicky basil dressing, the pasta salad tastes best after it rests in the fridge for an hour before serving, and given the sturdiness of the greens, it’s perfect for make-ahead meal planning too. Not only does the pasta salad taste delicious, it’s nutrient-dense thanks to the fibre and protein rich white beans and the superfood that is kale.

Rajma Dal

Most people think that Indian food uses mainly chickpeas and a ton of lentil varieties, but this Northern Indian dal uses red kidney beans simmered with tomato, onion and spices. Its quite hot, due to the Kashmiri red chili powder and tastes even better the next day. This is my quick, weeknight version using canned red kidney beans with a couple of shortcuts in method but no shortcuts in flavour.

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.

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.

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.

Spanish Shrimp and White Bean Stew

Creamy white beans, garlicky shrimp, spicy Spanish chorizo and plenty of vegetables are married together in a flavourful tomato sauce. This is a simple and comforting meal that just needs some crusty bread on the side for sopping up all of that delicious sauce left in the bottom of the bowls. Of course, you could serve it with steamed rice or buttered noodles as well. The creaminess of the white beans is a lovely contrast to the tender vegetables and shrimp, as well as the chewiness of the sausage. If you don’t have chorizo feel free to substitute any smoked sausage, or even bacon. Hearty and nourishing, this stew ticks all of the comfort food boxes!

Romano Bean Salad with Canned Mackerel, Potatoes, and Fennel

Romano bean salad with canned Mackerel, potatoes and fennel, A lovely way to close off the summer season. Lovely flavors and textures of boiled potato, Romano beans, and mackerel, play joyfully with the freshness of red onion, fennel, and parsley dressed simple with Evo oil, salt and pepper. A real healthy wonderful bright lunch meal!

Zucchini and Corn Salad with Crispy Beans

It’s August in Ontario, meaning tomatoes, corn, and zucchini are at their best. This salad makes the most of our late summer harvest. We are adding crispy cranberry beans for a proteinpacked crunch that is gluten-free, low fat, and delicious flavour. These addictive beans also make a great snack. I like to throw them into a bowl with roasted nuts and dried cranberries.