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10 Delicious Uses for Canned Beans


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Salads
Bean salad tastes even better a day or two after it's made so the flavors have time to blend.
Bean salad tastes even better a day or two after it's made so the flavors have time to blend.
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Rinsed and chilled, canned beans add nutrition, texture and interest to salads. Toss some garbanzo beans or kidney beans -- or whatever canned beans you have in the pantry -- into a bowl of greens. Beans can even substitute for croutons in a salad. Just rinse and drain a can of white beans, then fry them in a pan until crispy!

You can skip the lettuce altogether and make beans the basis of your salad. Here are three variations that feature various beans:

If you want a nutritious salad you can serve as an entrée, Spicy Orzo and Black Bean Salad fills the bill. On those days when only a warm salad will do, fire up the grill and toss together a Warm Potato and Bean Salad using canned kidney or pinto beans.


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