Meatless Monday Roundup: 4 Red Bean Recipes

Red beans

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Beans can be a meatless meal planner’s best friends. They’re chock full of plant proteins, making them a filling addition to any meal. And because of their mild flavor, they’re extremely versatile! But don’t take our word for it: take a look at some of our all-time favorite red bean recipes and see for yourself how much red beans can bring to your meatless Monday meals.

green beans

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Kidney beans blend with frozen green beans for our very own teriyaki bean salad. Serve this Asian-inspired dish alongside other delicious vegetable classics, with a side of cooked brown rice. Chinese takeout will be a thing of the past once you’ve discovered how easy and delicious this dish is to prepare.

red bean lasagna

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Vegetarian lasagna isn’t news, but what about one where the key ingredient is red beans? Red bean lasagna brings the power of protein back to this classic dish, without the meat. You’ll love the creamy, nutty flavor that red beans bring to this Italian favorite.

red beans and rice

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While red beans and rice may sound like a vegetarian dish, the fat in classic recipes often comes in the form of lard. But this vegan version not only removes all meat from the recipe, it even cuts down the cooking time of the low-and-slow classic of New Orleans cuisine.


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Spring is on the way, but it isn’t here yet. While you wait, try one of our two favorite vegetarian chili recipes, with red kidney beans and a whole bunch of vegetables. This delicious, warming dish is the perfect thing to cook on a Sunday, for quick, filling lunches all week long.

Emily Monaco
Emily Monaco

Emily Monaco is an American food and culture writer based in Paris. She loves uncovering the stories behind ingredients and exposing the face of our food system, so that consumers can make educated choices. Her work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Vice Munchies, and Serious Eats.