Bean Recipes from Lynne
September 01, 2003
They taste good, look attractive and are easy to prepare
The Bean Education & Awareness Network (B.E.A.N.) originally published these recipes.
B.E.A.N. promotes the 3+3 Bean Salad this way: "Wow everyone at your next neighborhood picnic with a unique version of the traditional Three Bean Salad. It makes sense...if three beans are good, then six beans are better. Including three additional bean classes adds up to twice the color, flavor and nutritional value."
I agree that this is a great salad and on a scale of 1 to 10 would give this "six bean" salad a 9 or 10. It tasted good, is simple to prepare and looks very attractive! The small pieces of apricot from the preserves were a nice addition. I served it to 10 people and had about 2 cups left, so it was evident that our guests also liked it. It will definitely go into my own recipe file to be made again when I take a salad to a potluck or divided in half and added to my usual meals.
I did omit the salt and pepper the original recipe called for when I made it. When you use canned beans, no additional salt is required.
One and a half cups of home-cooked beans may be substituted for any or all of the cans of beans.
Beans and Franks Tuscan Style
"Ready for a twist on another old favorite? Beans and Franks Tuscan-Style is a much more sophisticated dish than Beanie Weenies. This updated version features Italian Sausage, Red and Great Northern beans, red wine and garlic." Additional sage or thyme will boost the spicy flavor even more.
This casserole may be made either as a skillet dish or cooked on the top of the range and then finished in the oven. Choose the method that fits your style and time requirements.
These and many other bean recipes can be found and printed off the Internet at www.americanbean.org.