• Jace Shoemaker-Galloway

Eat Beans Day

Green one, white ones, black ones or red ones, July 3 is dedicated to legumes. It’s Eat Beans Day! While your kids are probably still recovering from National Eat Your Vegetables Day, Eat Beans Day celebrates beans of all sizes, shapes and colors.

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While the origins of this annual food holiday are unknown, folks have been eating beans for centuries. High in protein and complex carbohydrates, beans are full of fiber, iron, potassium and calcium and are fat-free. Beans help reduce cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of certain types of cancers and stroke. Plus, they are cheap! While beans are good for you, they are also blamed for a stinky side effect – flatulence. Like the old saying goes, while beans are indeed good for your heart, they also make you fart.

In honor of Eat Beans Day, why not whip up one or two of the delicious recipes below? Just have theBeano on hand, just in case.

26 Delicious Bean Recipes

  • White Bean Dip with Pita Chips – This popular, 5-star recipe, from Giada De Laurentiis, calls for cannellini beans, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, 6 pits and spices.

  • Hot Bean Dip – Perfect for parties, this 5-star bean dip recipe calls for sour cream, refried beans, cream cheese, taco seasoning mix, Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, hot pepper sauce and green onions.

  • Seven Layer Bean Dip – This recipe, from Betty Crocker, looks amazing!

  • Corn and Black Bean Salsa – This recipe calls for whole kernel sweet corn, black beans, dice tomatoes, fresh cilantro, red wine vinegar, olive oil and a jalapeno.

  • Spicy Bean and Cucumber Salad – This refreshing salad recipe calls for green beans, cucumber, red onion, honey, crushed red pepper, fresh cilantro and red wine or cider vinegar.

  • Artichoke Bean Salad – This simple to make salad calls for kidney and green beans, marinated artichoke hearts, red onion, green pepper and Italian salad dressing.

  • Chili and Lime Roasted Chick Peas – You’ll need a can of chick peas (garbanzo beans), olive oil, chili powder, cumin and lime.

  • Gabriel’s Sauteed Fava Beans – You’ll need 2 pounds of fresh fava beans, butter, olive oil, garlic cloves, salt and water for this bean dish.

  • Black Bean Soup – This 5-star recipe calls for bacon, onions, garlic, chicken broth, tomatoes, ketchup, black beans, chili powder, lime, scallions, sour cream, Cheddar cheese and Worcestershire.

  • Super Tuscan White Bean Soup – This soup includes bacon, celery, carrot, garlic, white wine, chicken broth and cannellini beans.

  • Hearty Navy Bean Soup – Talk about comfort food. This recipe, from Taste of Home, calls for ham, chicken broth, dried navy beans, tomatoes, an onion and salt and pepper to taste.

  • Simple, Hearty White Chili – Here’s another fabulous recipe from the Pioneer Woman.

  • Vegetarian Chili – This 5-star chili recipe, from Emeril Lagasse, is loaded with veggies and black beans.

  • Ranch Chili – This 5-star chili recipe, from Betty Crocker, calls for turkey burger, dry ranch seasoning mix, taco seasoning mix, sweet corn, tomatoes and black, pinto and kidney beans.

  • The Best Baked Beans Ever – If the Pioneer Woman says they are the best baked beans ever, you better believe it!

  • Baked Beans – This 5-star recipe, from Dave Lieberman, calls for bacon, ketchup, onion, dark brown sugar, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, cider vinegar and red beans.

  • Three-Bean Baked Beans Recipe – You’ll need bacon, ground beef, pork and beans, butter and kidney beans, brown sugar, sugar, ketchup, barbecue sauce, molasses, prepared mustard, chili powder and onion.

  • Company Green Bean Casserole – You’ll need frozen whole green beans, 1 can of condensed cream of celery or mushroom soup, fresh mushrooms, red bell pepper, half-and-half, all-purpose flour, croutons, almonds and seasoning for this popular recipe.

  • Mexican Black Beans – This dish, from Bon Appetit, is perfect on the side.

  • Black Bean Tacos – You’ll need garlic cloves, onion, dry sherry, soy sauce, black beans, wheat gluten, 12 taco shells, romaine lettuce and avocado salsa – recipe included!

  • Black Bean, Spinach and Mushroom Burritos – This recipe, from Gourmet, calls for spinach, garlic, black beans, Pepper Jack cheese, flour tortillas, scallions, onion, mushrooms, lemon juice, enchilada sauce and sour cream.

  • Portobello and Black Bean Quesadillas – This meat-free recipe sounds delish!

  • Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Feta and Cabbage Slaw – You’ll need black beans, olive oil, cumin, lime juice, coleslaw, green onions, corn tortillas, feta cheese and hot sauce for these crispy tacos.

  • Cheesy Corn-and-Black Bean Quesadillas – You’ll need black beans, corn kernels, jalapeno, garlic, onion, canola oil, Pepper Jack cheese and flour tortillas.

  • Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake – Nope, that isn’t a misprint!

  • Amazing Black Bean Brownies Recipe – Fair warning. These brownies look a-mazing!

For more bean-inspired holidays, check out Lima Bean Respect Day and National Bean Day. Today is also National Compliment Your Mirror Day!