7 Bean Recipes Your Kids Will Love

Chow on 04.13.12
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I am always on the lookout for good bean recipes. They are such a fantastic foodstuff, good for you, easy to prepare, and wildly versatile. I keep a variety of canned beans in my pantry, because then you always have dinner at your fingertips. I know I should soak them and cook them from scratch, and sometimes I do, but I find that I'm just not that organized to remember to get them soaking the night before.

1. Velvety Bean Bread

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If your kids aren't really keen on eating beans, this is a great way to give them some added fibre. This recipe for bean bread was really wonderful, moist and delicious, and you wouldn't know there were beans in it if you weren't told. The recipe makes two loaves, and my daughter suggested we freeze one, but they didn't last that long. Great for sandwiches, great for toast, this is a bread recipe that is going into our regular rotation.

2. Vegetable Bean Pasta Soup

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I just loved this vegetable bean pasta soup. It's very simple, and it's the kind of soup that appeals to children. Some potatoes, carrots and celery, nothing fancy in the vegetable department, plus some beans for protein and fibre and some pasta shells for a bit of visual appeal as well. This is the kind of soup you can make out of what you have on hand at home.

3. Chili Fries

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I love chili, and this recipe for chili fries is a great way to get kids to eat it. Think of it as a kind of tex-mex poutine. Bake the fries in the oven for a healthier version. This comes together quite quickly and it's a good meal for kids.

4. Black Bean Chili With Avocado Salsa

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While we are on the subject of chili, here's another type of chili to try, this one made with black beans with an avocado salsa. This recipe is for the slow cooker, but you can make it in a pot as well.

5. Black Bean Soup

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This black bean soup is another recipe I made out of the contents of my pantry. This is thick and hearty, perfect for a rainy spring lunch. It would be great with some biscuits on the side, for a really filling meal.

6. White Bean Dip

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I love this recipe for white bean dip. You can dip pita or vegetables into it, or you can use it for a sandwich filling if you like. It only takes a few minutes to make, and then you have a super healthy snack for the kids.

7. Bean Radish Salad

This bean radish salad is a great dish for warmer weather. There are lots of varieties of radishes, so you can choose one that's isn't too hot, if your kids prefer. If you grow any vegetables with your kids, I always recommend growing radishes, because they germinate really quickly and don't take long to mature, so you see results pretty soon.

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