What To Do With Black Beans

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You know the saying “Rice and beans and beans and rice”?

In 2008 the real estate market turned south and took our income with it. I was suddenly faced with the need to drastically slash my grocery budget and did not know how to do it. I would walk around saying “but I don’t know what to do with beans”. It was true. I did know how to order bean burritos from fast food restaurants and open a can of lentil soup, but did not know what people did with beans in their own kitchens.

Several years and hundreds of dinners later I finally know what to do with beans. For the next few weeks I am going to talk about different types of beans and what to do with them. Since my personal recipes are not in a publishable format I will include as many links as possible. This is the information I wish I had had in one place so long ago. Whether you are funding college, retirement or anything in between I hope you find this information useful.

Black bean flautas: https://thevegetarianplate.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/black-bean-flautas/

Black Bean Taquitos: http://goop.com/recipes/black-bean-taquitos/

Black bean burgers: http://www.theprudenthomemaker.com/black-bean-burgers

Panera copycat soup: http://www.teacher-chef.com/2014/02/04/black-bean-soup-panera-bread-copycat-black-bean-soup/

Black bean and sweet potato soup: http://www.mynewroots.org/site/2011/02/rustic-black-bean-and-sweet-potato-soup-how-to-cook-beans-2/

Black beans and rice: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/01/quick-and-deliciouso-cuban-style-black.html or

http://www.applesandsparkle.com/2014/07/cuban-black-beans-rice.html or

http://www.familygonehealthy.com/recipes/recipe-cuban-black-beans/

Black bean enchiladas:  http://www.keepitsimplefoods.com/vegetarian/spicy-black-bean-and-sour-cream-enchiladas/ or

http://www.canyoustayfordinner.com/2011/03/01/vegetarian-black-bean-enchiladas-2/

Black bean burritos:  http://www.budgetbytes.com/2012/09/roasted-vegetable-burritos/

Black bean and rice salad: http://aggieskitchen.com/2014/08/21/black-bean-and-rice-salad/

Black bean and pasta salad: http://southernfood.about.com/od/pastasalads/r/r100601a.htm or

http://shewearsmanyhats.com/black-bean-pasta-salad-recipe

Lets talk about it. What are your favorite black bean recipes?

Feel free to link to  a personal recipe in the comments section.