What to Make If You Have Black Beans
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It’s hard to think of a better pantry staple than black beans, and at 3 for $3 for our Organic Black Beans, they’re one of our most popular items. Brandless makes it easy and inexpensive to keep this nutrient-dense superfood on hand at all times. At just 110 calories per serving, our black beans are organic, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher, while delivering 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein per serving. (Plus 6% of your daily iron, which is nothing to sneeze at!)

But you might have had the thought: what am I going to do with all these black beans? No doubt, you have your own prized recipes, but we thought we’d share three of our favorites for bean-spiration.

1. One-Pot Black Beans & Rice

A pot of rice and beans is the ultimate comfort meal. It’s nourishing and flavorful; a feast for all seasons. And while it is not a super-quick dish, it is a relatively passive one. Other than a little chopping and a tiny bit of measuring, there’s not much to do but sit back and watch TV while your dinner cooks. Bonus: you can keep leftovers in the fridge for up to three days, or freeze for future cozy, easy meals.

2. Vegan Black Bean Brownies

Who would have thought that a can of black beans and a box of brownie mix make such a delightful pair? When blended, the beans — and the water they’re in — provide the moisture and binding that oil and eggs usually do. The result of this super-simple recipe is a moist, fudgy brownie enhanced by a dollop of Brandless Organic Strawberry Fruit Spread. Smart ingredients to keep in your pantry for surprise vegan guests!

3. Fiesta-Style Baked Mac & Cheese

The addition of black beans, spicy taco seasoning, and a heaping dollop of salsa as a garnish makes this twist on mac & cheese  a crowd-pleaser for a shindig or a weeknight dinner. And while it’s optional, it’s a brilliant idea to add crushed Brandless Organic Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips as a crunchy topping to really bring out the fiesta-inspired flavors.

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