4 Meals from 1 Pot of Beans

We’ll show you how to make one pot of beans and use it in four different dishes! Black beans are not only inexpensive, but they are super healthy for your kids!  PLUS!! Win ALL the equipment we used to make them at the bottom from MightyNest! 

4 Meals from 1 Pot of Beans. Make all these meals, including this super amazing brownie recipe, from one pot of black beans.

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Black beans are a staple in our house!  Black beans are not only a great source of fiber and protein, but they also supply kids with much needed iron and folate! Children ages 4-8 should be getting 200mcg of folate per day, and 1 cup of black beans provides 256mcg!  Folate is a nutrient so essential, that it’s been supplemented in our cereals and juices found in grocery stores.  But black beans is a natural source of this protective B Vitamin, so eat up!

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Making beans is sometimes overwhelming,  so instead, many people purchase canned beans.  I’m here to tell you, it is much cheaper, and not hard at all, to make your own.  We have the basics for you here, as well as some healthy ways to store your cooked beans.

First, start with dry beans! We buy these in bulk because we make them so often, and they store forever, so it’s a perfect food storage item.

4 Meals from 1 Pot of Beans. Make all these meals, including this super amazing brownie recipe, from one pot of black beans.Next,  I’ve used a variety of methods, but this is the traditional way to cook them:

  • Cover 2 cups of dry beans with 6 cups of water in a glass bowl. Cover with a lid and let sit at room temperature overnight.  The next morning,  drain and rinse the beans thoroughly with fresh water.  Discard any debris that may be floating in your beans.
  • Place rinsed beans in a dutch oven on the stove.  Cover beans with water, by at least 2 inches!  Bring beans to a boil, and then turn down to a simmer.  Once beans are tender, they are cooked.  2 cups of dry beans should give you 6 cups of cooked beans.
4 Meals from 1 Pot of Beans. Make all these meals, including this super amazing brownie recipe, from one pot of black beans.

Next, store them!  We use some right away, put some in the fridge, in an air tight glass bowl like this one,  for up to 5 days. Place the rest in the freezer in a freezer safe bag,  like this fresh silicone one, for up to 3 months!  Also, store in this bake and store gasket glass containers– you can bake in them, store food, freeze it, and reheat it, all in one container.

4 Meals from 1 Pot of Beans. Make all these meals, including this super amazing brownie recipe, from one pot of black beans.Then, you are ready to eat!

We made 4 dishes with our latest batch of beans! FOUR!!  Our pot of beans yielded 6 cups of cooked beans. With this, we made the following four dishes.

BLACK BEAN BROWNIES WITH COCONUT CREAM FROSTING

4 Meals from 1 Pot of Beans. Make all these meals, including this super amazing brownie recipe, from one pot of black beans.

OK- had to start with our favorite! We’ve made these at least 3 Times in the last few days! Black bean brownies with coconut frosting!  It’s the same brownie recipe we’ve used before, except we used a coconut cream frosting instead of the avocado frosting. Here’s our final recipe!

4 Meals from 1 Pot of Beans. Make all these meals, including this super amazing brownie recipe, from one pot of black beans.

 

We mixed together in a food processor:

  • 1 1/2 cup of cooked black beans
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup raw, organic sugar.

Blended all of it in a food processor until very smooth!  Spread it into a brownie pan, non-stick, 11X7X1.5 inches.  Baked at 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until knife comes out clean.

For the frosting- chill overnight, 1 can of coconut milk (the full fat kind).  When you open the can, it should be solid. If it’s not solid, this may not work.  Scoop out solid coconut milk into a mixer and add 1/4 cup raw, organic sugar and 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract.  Whip until fluffy.  Spread on cooled brownies and sprinkle with extra coconut.

4 Meals from 1 Pot of Beans. Make all these meals, including this super amazing brownie recipe, from one pot of black beans.

BLACK BEAN BURGERS

Black bean burgers are a delicious way to have a no-fuss meal, that’s super inexpensive, and will get the kids excited!  The is the recipe we use most often for Black Bean burgers!  We love that you can include veggies!

4 Meals from 1 Pot of Beans. Make all these meals, including this super amazing brownie recipe, from one pot of black beans.
  • 1.5  cups cooked black beans
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut small
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp salsa
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  1. Drain and rinse beans.  Dry the beans before putting in a food processor.  Pulse until slightly mashed.
  2. Chop red bell pepper and onion into big pieces.  Add to the food processor with garlic.  Pulse.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until well mixed.
  4. Form into patties and place on wax paper.  Freeze for 2 hours.
  5. Cook by:

Grill: Place on a sheet of lightly oiled aluminum foil.  Cook over medium-high heat for 7-8 minutes per side. Pan: Lightly oil a skillet and cook on medium heat.  Cook 7 minutes on each side. Oven: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Bake on a lightly oiled baking sheet for 14 minutes. Serve on whole wheat buns with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and any other veggies you like.

4 Meals from 1 Pot of Beans. Make all these meals, including this super amazing brownie recipe, from one pot of black beans.

BLACK BEAN QUESADILLAS

One trick we use for keeping quesadillas edible for the kids, is to slightly smash the bean itself! We spread this on the tortilla, as if it’s a condiment, or other spread.

4 Meals from 1 Pot of Beans. Make all these meals, including this super amazing brownie recipe, from one pot of black beans.

 

You can leave some beans whole, but don’t let them fall out of the quesadilla!

4 Meals from 1 Pot of Beans. Make all these meals, including this super amazing brownie recipe, from one pot of black beans.

For this lunch, we used:

  • 1 1/2 cup black beans
  • 6-8 tortillas
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup baby spinach

Mash beans in a small bowl.  Spread onto half of the tortillas.  Place 3-4 tortillas on a large skillet on medium heat.  Sprinkle with cheese, chopped tomato and baby spinach. Top with remaining tortillas and cook on both sides until cheese is melted and beans are warm.

BLACK BEAN DIP

And last, we have our black bean dip!

4 Meals from 1 Pot of Beans. Make all these meals, including this super amazing brownie recipe, from one pot of black beans.This one is as simple as they come!

  • 1 1/2 cups black beans
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 1 cup yellow corn
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Zesty Italian Dressing

Mix altogether in a bowl, and serve with your favorite homemade corn chips.

4 Meals from 1 Pot of Beans. Make all these meals, including this super amazing brownie recipe, from one pot of black beans.And we did it!! We used all 6 cups of beans!


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Comments(33)
Karen says:

I’d love to make the brownies, but I do not want to buy a special pan. Could I use my good ol’ 9×13? or a 9 inch round or my 8 inch square?

Laura says:

Could not get frosting to set. Any suggestions? Coconut milk do not harden in fridge.

Yes Laura- I would try a different brand of coconut milk. i had one that never set up (and I’m assuming it was because it had some fillers to keep it liquid). Try finding a brand that doesn’t add anything to the can except coconut!

This post could not have found me at a better time! Still in time for the giveaway, and as I’m munching away on yummy black beans!!!! (all the while wondering what I can make w/black beans for my daughter and hubby that they would enjoy). So thank you so much, I have a lot of success making your recipes!

Marisa says:

I’m going to eat more beans. I think I’ll start with the brownies and then make the bean burgers. Thanks for the recipes. Yum!

Janis Kirk says:

We love beans around our home and are always looking for new recipes. We’re big on Mexican dishes so I’ll definitely try the Black Bean Dip. It looks yummy!

Jenn Krivanek says:

been wanting to try black bean brownies, looking forward to trying them!

Jodi Boulier says:

Thank you for the recipes. I’ going to make the cake and send it to my husbands work and see what kind of comments I get. They love my cakes andgoodies I send in. They will be shocked when I send in the recipe and it’s Black Beans!

Hande says:

This gives me the hope to add beans to my kids diet who are refusing all sorts of beans.

Jamie J says:

I’ve never used dry beans but I am going to try your recipes. It all looks delicious!!

Leah B says:

I’ve found them to be a great source of protein for our 1 year old who hasn’t enough teeth to really chew meat yet. Thanks for the recipe!

Sue Parker says:

Looks like a great idea. Thanks!

Cathy Cody says:

No need to pre-soak beans ! they taste better without soaking. they just need cooking an additional 20 minutes.

Amy Ledesma says:

Thanks for the chance . I do similar things at home with pinto beans and chick peas. Next to try it with black beans .Looks delish!

Katie says:

Black beans are something my anti-flavor kids might actually try & like!

Anastasia says:

What’s your best option for an egg substitute on the brownies? I know I could use flax seed as a binder for the burgers, but I wondered if there was a better option for the baked goods. Thanks.

Anita says:

There’s egg re-placer (never tried it) or fairly ripe squashed bananas

Rebecca Selcer says:

I love beans!

The Black bean brownie recipe is very interesting and I will try that out! Thanks!

Caitie says:

Thanks for this! I didn’t know about all the benefits of black beans and I’ll definitely be making these recipes! 🙂

My kids and I would love to try theses amazing recipes

Prasanna says:

The dip looks really good and will be trying it soon.

Jenny says:

I am a health nut anyway and this is right down my alley!

Nancy Hansen says:

Great ideas for healthy living. i do have some children and grandchildren who can’t eat beans, so they could not benefit from these great ideas. Keep up the great work.

Nancy VanDyke says:

Thanks I am always looking for Healthy recipes

revi says:

I am cooking black beans right now and needed some ideas! I’m definitely going to try some of these recipes. thank you!

Erica says:

About how long do the beans need to simmer to get tender?

Erica- for me it’s about 90 minutes to 2 hours.

leigh says:

Hi, great post. Is there somewhere I could look up the nutrition breakdown for each recipe? Thanks

Hi Leigh, you can look it up at nutritiondata.self.com
We just analyze the recipes we use in our meal plans, and we haven’t used these yet.

Beans spice up every dish

Connie A says:

Will be making the black bean dip. I love black beans, and this looks scrumptious.

Judith B says:

I’m definitely trying the black bean dip! Looks delicious and healthy

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