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Sunday, May 10, 2020

12 Meatless Recipes That Use Beans

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 Many people choose to not eat meat for many reasons. For some people, it may be for health reasons while others abstain from eating meat due to the love of animals. Others may not consume meat for religious reasons while some may just choose one day a week to not eat meat. The reason that I choose to not eat meat was at first because meat is expensive. Many years ago when money was tight, I gave up meat simply because meat was a costly source of protein. I discovered that eating only meatless protein was more affordable. Several years later when I read that a meatless diet could be healthier, I decided to follow a vegetarian diet most of the time and a flexitarian diet a couple times a month as I still enjoyed eating fish.


Meat can be expensive

 I know for most people right now, buying meat at the grocery store can be hard as meat supplies have been affected by the C lung virus outbreaks. A lot of meat processing factories have close so stores have limited supply of meat. Many stores are limiting the amount of meat you can buy or the meat cases are empty. I am sure that this meat shortage is going to affect the price of meat too. So this may be a good time to cook meals without meat or have smaller portions of meat in your meals. So many recipes can be made with meatless sources of protein like beans, tofu, or meat substitutes. You can even make recipes that replace some of the meat with beans. Think chili with beans and replace half the amount of ground beef with dried beans or canned beans.

Beans are an excellent source of protein

When people think of meatless meals or Meatless Monday Meals, they think of beans. Many also think of beans when they think of frugal meals. Beans are full of protein and are a good source of protein for plant-based meals. Many vegetarian meals use beans. If you follow a vegan meal plan then beans are probably an ingredient in your pantry. If you stockpiled food for the C virus outbreak, I bet you have beans in your house.


More than beans and rice 



 Dried beans and rice are on the top of most stockpile lists as they are not only cheap ingredients but they have a long shelf life. Rice and beans are always paired together since they make a complete source of protein. Beans don't have all the essential amino acids so they need to be served with a grain source, like rice, to make them a complete source of protein. Other great grain options to pair beans with are tortillas, bread, or your favorite item from the bread group. My favorite way to eat beans is homemade veggie burgers.  I also enjoy beans in many other recipes and I always have dried beans as well as canned beans in my pantry. Beans that are dried are so easy to cook. You can even freeze beans. So I included some of my favorite ways that I enjoy beans in the below recipes. I like cooking my beans in a pressure cooker but sometimes make the beans in a slow cooker. These bean cooking appliances!

Mock Chipotle Pinto Beans 


A tasty way to cook beans that taste just like the ones at popular Mexican restaurants

 When it was impossible to get food from the grocery store a month ago, I used up my bean stockpile and made big batches of these mock chipotle beans so my family could use the cooked beans in other recipes like tacos or bean and rice bowls. These beans are full of flavor and are so easy to make. 
Get the recipe HERE.


Veggie Burgers Made With Beans and Rice



 Once you learn how easy it is to make veggie burgers, you will never buy store-bought frozen veggie burgers. Most prepackaged veggie burgers have soy or mushrooms in them and I am allergic to both of these ingredients. So I make my own homemade veggie burgers with beans and rice. These delicious plant-based burgers are grillable and don't fall apart.
Get the recipe HERE.

Vegan Tuna Salad



 This vegan tuna looks and tastes like the real thing and is made with cooked garbanzo beans. I keep several cans of garbanzo beans in my pantry so I can easily whip up this mock tuna in minutes. One can of garbanzo beans makes enough for two large sandwiches.
Get the recipe HERE.

Hummus


 Another tasty way to include beans in your meals is by making hummus. My family loves hummus and I have several vegetarian recipes for homemade hummus that is better than store-bought. Beans that I like to use in hummus are garbanzo beans and white beans. I include some of my favorite hummus recipes below.

Spicy carrot hummus-get the recipe
Easy beet hummus- get the recipe
Easy to make hummus- get the recipe
Pumpkin hummus- get the recipe
White bean hummus- get the recipe


 BBQ Baked Beans


 My BBQ baked beans are so easy to make and you can make them in a pressure cooker. My recipe is vegan so it has no meat in it but you could add bacon to your beans if desired. This is a perfect recipe for summer picnics or outdoor get-togethers. Barbecue baked beans are perfect for potlucks.
Get the recipe HERE.


Savory Lentil Loaf With A Cranberry Glaze


Some might not consider lentils to be beans but they are also a meatless source of protein and can be used in many delicious recipes. This flavorful lentil loaf makes for a great meatless meal.
Get the recipe HERE.

 Vegan Sloppy Joes



 Another delicious recipe for lentils is a mock vegan sloppy Joe recipe that is a family favorite. This meal looks and tastes like the real thing. It is also an easy to make slow cooker recipe.
Get the recipe HERE.


Quinoa & Bean Veggie Burger 


These veggie burgers have awesome flavor and are a frugal meal idea! Instead of using rice and beans to make the burgers, it uses quinoa, which is a grain full of protein.
Get the recipe HERE

Mushroom Vegetarian "Meat" Loaf


 There is no meat in this vegetarian version of "meat" loaf but it tastes just like a real meatloaf. So this vegetarian recipe is a great way to go meatless. This vegetarian meatloaf freezes well so it can be a make-ahead meal.
Get the recipe HERE

Plant-Based Crab Cakes



 These vegan "crab" cake look-alikes have amazing texture and flavor, one bite and you will think they are the real thing. They are made with my favorite garbanzo bean.
Get the recipe HERE

Roasted Garbanzo Beans


These roasted garbanzo beans are a nutty-tasting crunchy snack and so easy to make. You simply add the spices of your choice and roast them in the oven for a snack that is high in protein.
Get the recipe HERE


Gluten-Free Chocolate Mocha Protein Brownies


Yes, you can make delicious brownies with beans. These brownies taste so good and you can not even taste the beans. The beans add protein to this healthy good for you treat.
Get the recipe HERE

Those are just some of the many ways you can use beans to create meals that don't need meat. If you are looking for more meatless meal recipes, you need to check out these 22 Meatless Monday Meal ideas for some more delicious vegetarian and plant-based recipes that don't require meat.



26 comments:

  1. I will have to check some of these recipes out. I am always looking for new meal ideas for my family.

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  2. I'd give them a try! I'm always open to trying everything at least once. I do like beans so I can see myself enjoying these dishes.

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  3. I love the idea of meatless Mondays. Thanks for sharing so many options to try, there is bound to be a few my family will love!

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  4. I have been making more and more vegetarian and vegan meals. I think we will be trying that sloppy joe recipe this week. My family was just talking about how we have not made sloppy joes in a while just yesterday.

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  5. What great options for meatless days. I love that beans can have so many amazing ways to use them.

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  6. These all sounds great. I've actually been looking for recipes with beans. I have a lot to use up at home, so this will be great.

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  7. I really would love to try the vegan tuna salad. That sounds really good!

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    1. This one is my favorite recipe and I eat it at least one a week

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  8. All looking good! Plus they're really healthy! How I wish I could try your veggie burgers, hummus, and bbq baked beans!

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  9. Ohhh wow you shared a long list of healthy recipes to try.

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  10. I really want to try that mushroom meat loaf! I see that you took a lot of traditional comfort foods and made them vegan with beans. So great! Growing up in the southern US, I do get nostalgic about some dishes but I choose not to partake because of the meat.

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  11. The beans are the important for vegetarian peoples, we always try different recipes like namkeen, sweet and with red chilies or black papers. Your shared recipe sounds good, we will try these. (World in Eyes)

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  12. As someone who's diet is 80% vegetarian I can't thank you enough for this. Beans are an amazing source of protein for those of us who maybe don't eat as much meat. I love including them in different recipes, especially butter beans!

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  13. I’m a vegetarian and I’ve never tried these dishes before! I really love the look of the tuna one so I’ll give that a try

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  14. Great list of recipes to add some variation to our meals at home! We aren't vegetarian but love beans.

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  15. This is such a great list! Thank you! Saving this!

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  16. I love the variety. even though there's no meat, all these look absolutely delicious!

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  17. I love meatless options and would look more closer into your recipes. I try to widen my bean variety.

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  18. I substitute beans for meat in different recipes...great suggestions!

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  19. Tara, I will need to start calling you the bean queen. This is such an extensive list of vegan recipes for anyone that is interested in going meatless. I have been a vegetarian for most of my life so that is a handy list to keep when I am stuck for something different.

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  20. You've got some great recipes! I think a lot of people are surprised by how good these meat alternatives can be! While my husband still enjoys a good steak from time to time, he's started to eat with me more often than not. Not only is it easier for us (one meal instead of two), he actually enjoys my options!

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  21. I really love Sloppy Joes. They were my favorite dinner as a child. My parents hated making them, but my aunt use to make them for me when she would babysit.

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  22. Looks delicious! I love beans and often cook and eat it. I see that I don't really eat meat or choose it. Your options are great for any person!

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  23. I've always used beans as a meat -replacement in my house! Plus, they're DELICIOUS!

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  24. I love tuna salad and never seem to have it on hand when I want it. I'm definitely going to have to try your mock version with garbanzo beans!

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  25. Wow, I love these recipes. I'm always on the lookout for new recipes!

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