Black beans are often overshadowed by their more famous counterparts. Still, black beans are a superstar in their own right – they're packed with protein, fiber, and antioxidants, making them a nutritional powerhouse.
If there's one underrated superfood out there, it's black beans. They're inexpensive, flavorful, and versatile!
Black beans are a fantastic ingredient to add to your diet. The antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in them are known to protect the cells and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also incredibly rich in soluble and insoluble fiber (over seven grams per serving). Fiber-rich foods like black beans will help solve any constipation issues.
With all the health benefits black beans can provide, they are also a great ingredient to cook and even bake with!
So if you're looking for some delicious and healthy new recipes to add to your repertoire, look no further than the humble black bean! Here are 14 surprising recipes that show just how versatile this superfood can be.
These Mashed Potato Black Bean Burgers make a healthy and filling meal, or you can make them into sliders for a mouth-watering vegetarian appetizer.
This easy, budget-friendly black bean taco recipe is ready in minutes and is super healthy and satisfying. Black Bean Tacos are a great vegetarian meal with jarred sauce and even better with homemade mango salsa.
These black bean cookies contain no flour, and are loaded with healthy vitamin and protein-packed ingredients. The best thing is that even the pickiest of eaters are guaranteed to love these healthy cookies!
This Mexican-inspired dish is low-fat, low-calorie, and, most of all, delicious. Even better, you can't go wrong with this healthy casserole when you’re in a time crunch and craving the flavors that define the southwest.
These Skillet Veggie Nachos are the perfect way to get your nacho fix guilt-free! Not only are they filling and packed with flavor, but they are also easy to make. They can be on the table in just 15 minutes. Bring on the weeknight nachos!
Topped with a tahini dressing, these black bean stuffed sweet potatoes are the perfect creamy, dairy-free, and flavorful dressing for a memorable, delicious, and plant-based meal!
These are not only tasty and loaded with veggies but also make for easy weeknight leftovers!
Rich fudge brownies that are so yummy you would never guess that they are not only fat-free and vegan, but they are made with healthy fiber-rich black beans!
This recipe is the recipe for you when you don’t feel like cooking. You can get a warm, filling, perfectly-spiced bowl of soup on the table in 20 minutes, one pot, and with minimal effort. A little garlic and an onion, some tomato paste, broth, and ground cumin are all you need to turn a few cans of black beans into your new favorite busy weeknight meal.
This roasted eggplant black bean dip is the most delicious hybrid of baba ganoush and hummus -a perfect healthy snack.
A lightened-up, healthy quinoa bake that you can enjoy completely guilt-free. Reminiscent of enchiladas, slightly spicy and super satisfying, full of black beans, veggies, and cheesy goodness. And the leftovers taste even better!
This Quinoa and Black Bean Salad is filled with fresh, healthy ingredients, including not one but two superfoods, and topped with a delicious cilantro-lime vinaigrette.
Black Bean Mango Salsa is the ultimate healthy and refreshing appetizer. Easy, delicious, and done in 5 minutes!
Sweet potato and black beans are a fantastic flavor combo, and it works well in this healthy vegetarian quesadilla recipe! Try it with your favorite toppings.