Bean Recipes That Rock

Dinner, Featured Article, Healthy, Ingredient, Recipes
on November 30, 2011
Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Canned white beans are nearly perfect as far as foods go: cheap, filling, rich in fiber and protein, and as versatile as they come.

Cannellinis, also known as White Kidney Beans, are our favorite—they’re larger and firmer than Great Northerns or Navy Beans, so they hold up better in salads, chilis and stews. And while simmering a pot of dried beans is a perfect weekend cooking project, there’s nothing to compare to the convenience of opening a can.

A 1/2-cup serving of canned cannellinis weighs in at just 80 calories, 0 grams fat, 6 grams protein, 18 grams carbohydrates, 7 grams fiber, and 380 milligrams sodium. To reduce the sodium, rinse and drain the beans before adding to your recipes.