October Fest Carnival of Super Foods: Beans and Legumes Recipes

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October Fest CarnivalWelcome to the first edition of the October Fest Carnival of Super Foods!

Beans, Beans, the musical fruit, the more Katie eats…the more she blogs about them!

I’ve been talking up beans for some time now. They’re one of the many things I have a strange fixation about. But really, it’s okay. I’m mentally stable (mostly). Beans are just so doggone GOOD for you, and being a good kitchen steward means that I love their frugal aspect too.

And now I’ve written a whole book of bean recipes! With 30 recipes and a ton of information on cooking dry beans, the health benefits of beans, and ideas for bean haters, you’ll love The Everything Beans Book, available now at Kitchen Stewardship!

Bloggers from all over are linking up their bean and legume recipes today. I’m looking for some great soups, probably some Mexican dishes, maybe some wraps or cold salads, and probably some stuff with lentils (the cheapest protein you’ll ever purchase!). It’s exciting!

A Few Bean Cooking Tips

If you have never cooked with dry beans, put on your “I’ll try it!” cap and learn to use dry beans instead of canned.

For maximum nutrition, pair beans with:

  • A little bit of meat
  • Whole grains
  • Vitamin C foods

More on the whys and wherefores of those pairings here (2/3 of the way down).

I also have a whole post on the health benefits of beans and legumes. Told you I was a little crazy about them!

The Beans and Legumes Carnival

If you’re reading this in an email or reader, be sure to click over to the actual website. That’s the only way you can benefit from all the great recipes from other bloggers. Keep checking throughout the weekend, as I will leave the ability to add links up until the next carnival on October 8.

If you’re not a blogger, but you have a great bean recipe, feel free to share it in the comments section. Thank you in advance for contributing to what I hope will be a great resource for all of us!

Guidelines for Participating

  • Link up with healthy recipes only – no trans fats allowed, for example.
  • You may click on and save the image above to display in your post (but you’re certainly not required to).
  • Feel free to link up old posts – who am I to exclude the best super food recipe in the world just because you posted it last year?
  • If you have an old post to share, the carnival can be an easy “new” post for the day – just write a post linking to the carnival and to your old post, and you have “something new” to say that day. See how I did this with my homemade chicken stock for two new carnivals here. (I don’t expect this; it’s just an added bonus option.)
  • You’re welcome to share more than one post!
  • Do link back to the carnival so your readers can benefit from the wealth of recipes. Here is an easy-to-cut-and-paste line for you if you’d like to use it:
  • Visit Kitchen Stewardship for more frugal, healthy bean recipes as part of the October Fest Carnival of Super Foods. Next week’s theme:  Broth/Stock Recipes.
  • If you want to prove how frugal your recipe is, cost out the ingredients. People love that! :)
  • Take the time to click on other recipes, leave comments, Stumble/Digg/Tweet about the carnival. More traffic for the carnival is more traffic for you!
  • Upcoming themes for your recipes – put ’em in your calendar:

Link Your Bean Recipes HERE!

Carnival is now closed. If it’s still October, you can get in on the latest carnival! See here for details.

Enter your recipe and link(s) in the form below (see example). My husband created this very cool plug-in so you can leave an anecdotal description of your recipe to tempt folks to click over to you. *Thanks, honey!*  Your name @ website will link to your mainpage, and the title of your recipe links to the permalink for that recipe.

If you make a mistake, just do it again correctly and I can delete the incorrect version. By the way, I can also blow away any links to recipes that don’t fit the theme or don’t fit the mission of Kitchen Stewardship (i.e., nutritious).

Thanks so much for participating!

UPDATE: You may notice the lack of commas in folks’ entries. That was a bug in the plug-in. A safety feature was designed to avoid people entering nasty code that would break things, but it also had a problem with commas, apparently. It’s fixed – you can put commas in now. Someday I’ll go through and put commas back into people’s posts, but today is not the day. Thanks for understanding! (And thank you, Sarah, for pointing out the bug!)

Be sure to catch all of October Fest!


Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship My carnival post You can write a brief (250 chars) synopsis here to tempt readers to visit your post!

Kara @ Home With Purpose Good Old Fashioned Pinto Beans Delicious crockpot recipe my husband makes...great main course or side dish!

Titus 2 Homemaker Lentils and Rice Yummy easy lentils-and-rice recipe.

Sarah's Musings Three Sisters Chili Companion plants creating a perfect protein this recipe allows you to clean out your fridge featuring beans squash and corn!

Sarah's Musings Three Bean Turkey Chili One bean is great but three beans is better! Check out this recipe one of our football Sunday favorites!

Sarah's Musings Super Fresh and Tasty Lentil Salad A great fresh salad perfect for potlucks as a side dish for dinner or a hearty lunch. One of our summertime favorites.

Sarah's Musings Crispy Roasted Chickpeas A favorite high protein snack. Make these savory or sweet they are an easy frugal healthy snack you'll love!

Sarah's Musings More Beans! Still looking for more? Check out my blog post for four more recipes featuring beans as a secondary ingredient including three casseroles and a soup perfect for winter meals or pre-natal freezer stuffing!

Mother Earth @ Best of Mother Earth Black Beans And Rice Ever get a hankering for beans? I do! This recipe reminds me of the Costa Rican beans I enjoyed on my honeymoon.

Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship Veggie Bean Burritos One of our family's favorite meatless meals this one is packed with nutrition and so totally tasty you won't miss the meat (and might even forget you're eating veggies).

Kara @ Taste is Trump. Black Bean Salad Snack appetizer serve with tortilla chips

Kara @ Taste is Trump. Red Pepper Hummus A flavorful dip for veggies and bread.

Kara @ Taste is Trump. Taco Tuesday This is a versitile forgiving taco filling that is super nutritous.

Stacy @ Recipes for Moms Black Bean Burrito Bake Creamy black beans wrapped in a tortilla baked and covered with salsa. Yum!

Christina@A Walk In My Garden Refried Beans An easy and delicious version made with roasted garlic.

Stacy@Recipes for Moms White Chili A twist on traditional chili with chicken and 3 cans of white beans. Pop it all in the crock pot and dinner's done!

Stacy @ Recipes for Moms Cheesy Chili Soup A tomato based meatless soup with a great cheese blend to top it off.

Hannah @ CookingManager.Com Lentils with Onions and Garlic This dish isDeceptively simple vegetarian dish. Good fresh great the next day and heavenly the day after that.

Hannah @ CookingManager.Com Chickpeas Stewed in Tomato Sauce Another delicious meatless option.

Alison @ My Vintage Kitchen Our Favorite Baked Beans (crock pot) Easy baked bean recipe using a variety of beans. Our family's favorite!

Alison @ My Vintage Kitchen Crock Pot Kielbasa Soup Hearty soup easy to make can be Weight Watchers friendly if using lite or low fat kielbasa.

Alison @ Under the Big Oak Tree White Chicken Chili Another crock pot recipe. Easy chicken chili hearty. Makes a lot.

Alison @ Under the Big Oak Tree Enchiladas (made from leftover white chicken chili) Easy way to use up leftovers from White Chicken Chili (recipe also shared on this carnival)

Alison @ Under the Big Oak Tree Better Than Going Out Nachos layers of tortilla chips black beans refried beans chicken cheese etc. Excellent for game day!

Mallory Sanders (KS reader) Amazing Bean Recipes from the Master Luscious Lentil Soup/ Pasta Bean Bake/ Pan-Fried Chickpea Salad/ Farro Lentil Salad/ Two-Bean Chili/ Black Bean Burgers/ Beluga Quinoa Salad/ Roasted Taco Chickpea Salad

Kristin @ Prudent and Practical Easy Red Beans and Rice Few ingredients and easy prep. Eat it with TVP or your favorite meat!

Kelly the Kitchen Kop SIMPLE 4-INGREDIENT WHITE CHICKEN CHILI Only 4 ingredients and a crock-pot - now you're done! Thanks for hosting Katie! :)

Tracey @ Girls to Grow Black-Eyed Pea Casserole Yummy and easy to prepare this casserole includes black-eyed peas ground beef and cheese. Perfect for a cool fall evening!

Melissa @ Frugal Creativity Navy Beans with Italian Sausage My family loved this recipe which cost hardly anything to make! It's cooked in the slow cooker so although it's hearty enough for fall or winter it doesn't require heating up the kitchen.

SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen Black Bean Brownies These brownies melt in your mouth and taste so great no one will ever detect they're made with beans! A healthy version of a not-so-healthy original.

Kari @ Eating Simply Barley Lentil and Split Pea Soup This nutrient-packed soup contains fiber-rich barley lentils and split peas. Perfect for the cold weather just around the corner.

SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen Zucchini Carrot and Black Bean Quesadillas Filling quesadillas flavored by the combination of tasty veggies and black beans. A great meal no matter what the season.

Kari @ Eating Simply Frugal Red Beans and Rice While we're waiting for the economy to improve keep your dollars in your pocket with this healthy and frugal Red Beans and Rice recipe

SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen White Bean Sauce A delicious pasta dish with broccoli and red pepper is made creamy by using a bean sauce rather than heavy whipping cream! A great way to get in those beans for those who don't really like to eat them.

Christy@MercyEveryMorning Best Bean Soup This spicy soup is the best bean soup I've ever had...easy to make and easy on the budget too!

Stephanie @ Stop the Ride Curried Chickpeas

Stephanie @ Stop the Ride Black Bean Salsa

Kari @ Eating Simply Autumn-Glazed Chickpea Salad This delicious warm salad combines chickpeas and roasted eggplant glazed in a roasted garlic dressing and topped with basil and goat cheese. Delish!

Melissa @ girlymama Black Bean Tacos

trishsouthard.wordpress.com Vegetarian Refried Beans A wonderful dish to prepare ahead of time to allow more rest and family time in your weekend.

Amy @ Finer Things Loaded Tostadas

Kristia@FamilyBalanceSheet Cajun Red Beans and Rice You'll never eat boxed red beans and rice again after you try this tasty \"make it yourself\" dish.

Kristia@FamilyBalanceSheet Garlic and Sun-dried tomato hummus Store bought hummus just doesn't compare to homemade!

Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free Black Eyed Pea Soup A very flavorful unique frugal dish.

Jen@A Heavenly Perspective Refried beans My version of homemade refried beans - a little on the spicy side!

Teresa@teresa-bug Spicy Black Beans Easy fresh filling and yummy!

Susan@SusanStaysHealthy Peanut Butter Hummus A super easy yummy hummus that will tempt even bean haters.

DarcyLee@ In This Season Sauteed Corn and Black Beans A recipe I came up with this summer using fresh flavors and easy too!

Lenetta @ Nettacow Chili With Things You Never Thought To Include Chili with two kinds of beans onion garlic carrots corn green pepper and this year I used home-canned spicy tomato juice (link included). It's awesome!

MDT@True Adventures in Money Hacking Mexican-style Veggie Burgers Delicious nutritious easy and cheap! Homemade black bean and lentil burgers with a hint of heat that can be prepared in bulk and frozen for quick preparation on lazy days.

MDT@True Adventures in Money Hacking Indian-style Spicy Veggie Burgers Yellow Split-Pea (Toor Daal) and Brown Lentil Burgers: Delicious nation on lazy days.utritious easy and cheap! These burgers can also be prepared in bulk and frozen for later.

Michelle @ Find Your Balance Vegetarian Winter Molé Eat with the seasons! In this case chocolate + winter squash = awesome.

Andrea @ Elliott Academy of Excellence Red Beans and Rice This is a yummy Louisiana-style beans & rice dish. I make this in one skillet by using pre-cooked beans and rice but I have inculded alternate instructions if those items aren't available.

Who He Called Me to be Bean Quesadillas Quesadillas that are inexpensive quick and super easy!

Shelley @ PrairieCottageRose Redneck Casserole Super fast and easy recipe that everyone (even non-rednecks ) will love :)

Ren @ Edible Aria Roasted Tomato and White Bean Soup with Tasso Ham Here’s a super-nourishing and frugal dish that doesn’t skimp on flavor. Roasted San Marzano tomatoes yellow onions garlic and peppers with spicy Tasso ham celery fresh herbs and raw olive oil..

Mary Ann@Mary Ann's House Monterey Beans fast and easy skillet dish featuring kidney beans cooked up with fresh peppers onions and tomatoes. Delicous over rice and in burritos!

Martha@Menagerie Mediterranean Salad A delicious and healthy party in a bowl!

Daily Diner Black Bean Chili w/ Lime This is a fantastic twist on chili. Made w/ black beans, bacon and lime it couples great taste with frugality.

Margery @ So Many Coupons, So Little Time Five Veggie Chili This tasty chili uses black beans, and it is our favorite because of the assortment of veggies. It is also completely from scratch!

Free2BeFrugal Lentil Tacos Now THAT is a lot of bean recipes! :) Stop over and see me sometime over at Free2BeFrugal.

Ren @ Edible Aria Pork Belly, Black Bean and Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos My new favorite kind of tacos!

Susan@Susan Stays Healthy Taco Bake My family gave this recipe a big thumb's up, even though it has the dreaded MUSHROOMS in it.

Susan@Susan Stays Healthy Vegetarian Chili This is an embarrassingly easy chili recipe that my whole family likes (a miracle)

Kristi @ Temple of Adventure Holy Guacamole Made with fresh organic ingredients.

Kristi @ Temple of Adventure Clean Out The Pantry Stew Delicious and hearty using a mix of dried beans and grains.

Kristi @ Temple of Adventure Roasted Tomato Sauce Made with fresh organic ingredients.

Kristi @ Temple of Adventure Roasted Red Bell Peppers Easy, fresh and delicious.

Kristi @ Temple of Adventure Homemade Salsa Made with fresh organic ingredients.

Kristi @ Temple of Adventure Autumn Harvest Soup A wonderful hearty soup with lots of root veggies, dried split peas and sweet potato.

Debbie@ Dining With Debbie Crock Pot Pinto Beans with Sour Cream Cornbread A reliable, delicious favorite.

Zivah @ Homespun Homesteading Portobello Mushroom Chili The tastiest meatfree chili recipe I've tried yet--and it's omnivore approved!

Please visit Frugal Fridays at Life as MOM and the Festival of Frugality for more money-saving ideas! I’m also linked into Real Life Blog.

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22 Bites of Conversation So Far

  1. says

    I don’t usually cook beans. I’m not a big fan of the pasty texture but I really want to integrate them in my daily diet. My only concern is that I get the feeling that beans are like carbs, they make you fat… Is this a misconception?
    .-= kanmuri´s last blog ..A Korean Tale, Part1 =-.

  2. says

    Kanmuri, beans are complex carbohdrates so they fill you up and are digested slowly. If you don’t eat beans what will you eat?
    I love the carnival plugin. Will post about it tomorrow.
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..Stuffed Cabbage =-.

  3. Cass says

    I love beans and one of my favorite recipes is Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas
    1-2 chopped, cooked chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 cups chopped, cooked chicken)
    2 cans of black beans
    1 cup salsa
    1 teaspoon cumin
    1 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove minced garlic
    1 cup shredded cheese, divided
    8-10 large flour tortillas
    Mix all ingredients except tortillas in a large bowl, using only 3/4 cup of the cheese. Spoon mixture onto each tortilla with a slotted spoon and roll tightly. Place filled tortillas seam side down in a 13×9 baking dish. Pour juice left over from the filling on top of the enchiladas and top with remaining cheese. Bake at 375 F. for about 20 min covered with foil then about 5 min. uncovered. Serve with sour cream.

  4. says

    I don’t know if this is REALLY a recipe, but this is how i make the beans i eat in my bean burritos:

    i heat up 1/4 cup of water in a skillet, add curry powder, chili powder, and cumin, and add the canned rinsed beans (kidney, cannelini, chickpea) and stir stir stir until the water is almost evaporated and everything becomes saucy. eat plain or in a burrito! =D
    .-= tra´s last blog ..A puff of air =-.

  5. says

    Wow! I was looking for a recipe to use up these beans in the back of my pantry and I really hit the jack pot here! I will be back for more great stuff and I love all the links to other blogs too. I really need the frugal recipes cooking for a houseful of kids on one income and triplets in diapers.
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..The chair game =-.

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