9 Surprisingly Brilliant Bean Recipes for All the Legumes You've Been Hoarding

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It's time: We fully give you permission to begin eating your stash of quarantine beans (quaranbeans?). Now more than ever, people are rediscovering the delightful diversity of beans, and we have to say that they're the perfect ingredient for "can't-decide-if-it's-spring" weather — served warm and stew-y, they're ideal for chillier days; served cold or with lots of fresh herbs, and beans become totally summer-y.

1. Damn Delicious's Red Beans and Rice

Channel some Nawlins-style heat with this traditional red beans and rice recipe.

Get the recipe here.

2. Smitten Kitchen's Carrot and Chickpea Salad

If you also stocked up on carrots (an excellent quarantine vegetable; they last forever!) then this crisp salad will make excellent use of your pantry.

Get the recipe here.

3. Alison Roman's Spicy White Bean Stew

This white bean recipe is so easy and so hearty — make a double batch and freeze some (just separate it into your freezer container before you add the greens).

Get the recipe here (or watch video above).

4. Cooking for Peanuts's Chickpea Broccoli Fritters

These fritters are completely dairy-free but thanks to the addition of non-dairy milk and spices, they actually feel cheesy.

Recipe in Instagram caption.

5. Botanica's Marniated Beans

This salad-y dish from trendy Los Angeles restaurant Botanica is made even better with the addition of homemade basil oil.

Get the recipe here.

6. Bon Appetit's Ham and Chickpea Soup

There are still enough cold days to justify this hearty and warming soup.

Get the recipe here.

7. Food52's Buttermilk White Beans With Eggs and Greens

You had us at "buttermilk."

Get the recipe here.

8. Alison Roman's "The Stew"

Here she is: The stew that set the internet on fire. The key to getting The Stew right is in the selection of coconut milk (because you need two cans, even though that might seem like a lot). DO NOT get reduced fat coconut milk. Go with the brands Alison recommends.

Get the recipe here (or watch video above).

9. Easy Cheesy Vegetarian's Creamy Three Bean Stew

The secret ingredient? A can of cream of tomato soup.

Get the recipe here.


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