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A Gentle Reminder That a Can of Beans Gets You Halfway to Dinner

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There are so many reasons to soak your beans—but saving time is not one of them. Call me impatient (or a poor planner), but I never remember to give my dried chickpeas, pintos, or navy beans a bath the night before I cook. Instead, 10 times out of 10, I notice halfway through cutting an onion that I want to add some red or black beans to my stew.

With a flick (or two) of a can opener, soups and salads and sandwiches go from hours to just minutes away. It’s one of those dinner shortcuts I just can’t quit. And, thankfully, I don’t have to. These 11 dishes are just as tasty with either homemade or canned beans. So, go ahead and save soaking for another day because you're having beans tonight.

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Lobios Salad (Spiced Kidney Beans with Herbs and Feta)
Lobios Salad (Spiced Kidney Beans with Herbs and Feta)
Curried Chickpea and Red Lentil Soup
Curried Chickpea and Red Lentil Soup
Refried White Beans
Refried White Beans
Spicy “Rice” and Bean Salad

Spicy “Rice” and Bean Salad by Ali Slagle

Heidi Swanson's Chickpea Stew with Saffron, Yogurt, and Garlic

Heidi Swanson's Chickpea Stew with Saffron, Yogurt, and G... by Genius Recipes

Porter Pork & Beans
Porter Pork & Beans
Spaghetti Squash with White Bean Ragoût

Spaghetti Squash with White Bean Ragoût by Gena Hamshaw

Fully Loaded Vegan Burritos

Fully Loaded Vegan Burritos by Gena Hamshaw

Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil, and White Bean Burgers

Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil, and White Bean Burgers by Kendra Vaculin

Stewy Chickpea "Tagine" with Tomatoes, Cilantro and Golden Raisins

Stewy Chickpea "Tagine" with Tomatoes, Cilantro and Golde... by Alexandra Stafford

Trinidadian Doubles (Curried Chickpea Flatbread Sandwiches)
Trinidadian Doubles (Curried Chickpea Flatbread Sandwiches)

Do you use canned beans? Or are you a bean-soaker for life? Share your thoughts and tips in the comments!

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Tags: On the Cheap, Dinner, Faster, Bean, Chickpea